Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Filmed in 1954 as Gojira, this grandaddy of all Japanese giant-reptile epics was picked up for American distribution two years later, at which time several newly filmed inserts, featuring Raymond Burr as reporter Steve Martin, were rabetted… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 27, 1956
DVD Release Date: May 5, 1998
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Granddaddy of all Japanese monster films.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Giant-monster drama is stiff, dated but still a classic.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Americanized version of Gojira is still a kind of classic.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It's hard not to chuckle at the fiftieth cutaway to an oddly passive Burr after watching a scene from the Honda original, but this cut shouldn't be dismissed either.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

It looked really good when I was in grade school. Now it's beyond retro.

IGN Movies

Not as good as the original Japanese version but still a classic.

Rob Humanick

Compared to the "Japoteurs" propaganda that was barely a decade out, it's an astonishing leap forward.

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Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

How could you not love the lizard?

Scott Weinberg

The one that started it all. And by all I mean "a series of progressively more atrocious sequels and one abysmal remake."

Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Right after his gig with Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window) and immeadiately before his career making turn as teevee's uber-lawyer Perry Mason, Raymond Burr… More
Aj V
This is the original (American version) Godzilla movie. It's pretty cool, and Perry Mason's Raymond Burr is in it too. A really good monster movie.… More
Carlos Magalhães
This debased Americanized version of the original Japanese film, re-edited to include Raymond Burr as a reporter, is relatively well made but full of… More
Joey Shapiro
The definitive monster movie, Godzilla (or Gojira as it's known in Japan) has not aged perfectly, but it's still incredibly fun and exciting 56 years… More
Chris Weber
This is the Americanized version of the original Godzilla film. While not a terrible piece of cinematic entertainment, I felt rather let down, and suspect… More
Bryan Davis
The original film is a masterpiece. The American version has famous actor Raymond Burr edited into the Japanese footage....which makes the Japanese version far… More