Roland Emmerich (1997)

PG Certificate
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Japan's favourite giant lizard crawls out of radioactive waters in the South Pacific and heads for New York in this dreary American overhaul from 10,000 BC director Roland Emmerich. Resembling an over-produced version of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Emmerich's blockbuster behemoth replaces man-in-suit special effects with dodgy computer visuals and sub-Jurassic Park thrills. What it doesn't replicate is the endearing charm the celebrated fire-breather had when he stomped through cardboard skyscrapers. The old Toho Studios' fantasy adventures may have lower budgets, but even the cheapest shows more imagination and flair than this dismal monster mishmash.


A giant mutant lizard spawned from an atomic test rampages through the streets of New York, defying the combined might of the US Army and Navy as it searches for a quiet place to hatch its eggs. A bookish radiation expert and a shady French secret agent join forces to defeat the creature. Hollywood remake of the Japanese monster adventure, starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo and Hank Azaria.

Cast & Crew

Dr Niko Tatopoulos Matthew Broderick
Philippe Roache Jean Reno
Audrey Timmonds Maria Pitillo
Victor `Animal' Palotti Hank Azaria
Col Hicks Kevin Dunn
Mayor Ebert Michael Lerner
Charles Caiman Harry Shearer
Lucy Palotti Arabella Field
Director Roland Emmerich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and sexual situations, edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray