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Godzilla 1985
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I'm thirsty, I need an ice cold can of Dr. Pepper Godzilla returns after being absent all these years after his defeat at the end of the original picture. The reaction of the world leaders is to nuke him (those dummies). Japan disagrees and says that no nuclear weapons will be used on Godzilla in Japan. The Japanese have a secret weapon and are defeating Godzilla until those wacky Russians launch a nuke at Godzilla! Now why did they want to do that? That was just what Godzilla needed! More radiation to perk him back up!

This movie marked the return of Godzilla to movie screens and is the first movie of the new continuity. It's too bad they had to ruin the American version by sticking in tired non-sensical scenes with Ramond Burr And the Oscar for best supporting actor goes to... (reprising his role as Steve Martin), the American Military, and a can of Dr. Pepper. Raymond Burr stands there, looking morose, while the git next to him swills Pepper non stop. There's even a Dr. Pepper vending machine in the war room of the Pentagon for God's sake! Hell, I half expected to see Godzilla ripping a Dr. Pepper vat open and sculling 5000 liters after torching Tokyo. If you ignore the scenes with Burr's wooden performance and the bad American actors drinking soda this movie is pretty good. They tried to recapture the feel of the original movie here.

All in all not a bad return for the big guy. The S-FX were sharp but still needed a bit of tweeking, and Godzilla got to do what he is famous for... Stomping through Tokyo!


CREDITS

Gojira (1984)
Released in U.S. as Godzilla 1985 (1985)

CAST

Prime Minister Mitamura.........Keiju Kobayashi
Goro Maki............................Ken Tanaka
Naoko Okumura..................Yasuko Sawaguchi
Hiroshi Okumura.....................Shin Takuma
Prof. Hayashida..................Yosuke Natsuki
Prof. Minami....................Hiroshi Koizumi

CREW

Director........................Kohji Hashimoto
Screenplay.....................Shuichi Nagahara
Original Story..................Tomoyuki Tanaka
Special Effects................Teruyoshi Nakano
Music............................Reijiro Koroku

Running Time: 103 minutes

U.S. VERSION

Released by New World Pictures

CAST
Steve Martin.......................Raymond Burr
General Goodhue...............Warren Kemmerling
Colonel Raschen......................James Hess
Major McDonough...................Travis Swords
Can of Dr. Pepper.......................Himself

CREW
Director.............................R.J. Kizer
Producer.........................Anthony Randel
Screenplay...........................Lisa Tomei
Editor...........................Michael Spence
Additional Music....................Chris Young
Sound Editor.........................Bob Bigert

Alternate Title: The Return of Godzilla

Running Time: 91 minutes

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