When a freighter is viciously attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts -- including biologist Niko Tatopoulos and scientists Elsie Chapman and Mendel Craven -- concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the giant lizard is loose in Manhattan, destroying everything within its reach. The team chases the monster to Madison Square Garden, where a brutal battle ensues.

  1. Roland Emmerich

    Screenplay, Director, Story

  2. Dean Devlin

    Screenplay, Story

  3. Terry Rossio


  4. Ted Elliott


Top Billed Cast

  1. Matthew Broderick

    Matthew Broderick

    Dr. Niko Tatopoulos

  2. Jean Reno

    Jean Reno

    Philippe Roaché

  3. Maria Pitillo

    Maria Pitillo

    Audrey Timmonds

  4. Hank Azaria

    Hank Azaria

    Victor 'Animal' Palotti

  5. Kevin Dunn

    Kevin Dunn

    Colonel Hicks

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Status Released

Release Information

  • May 18, 1998


  • May 20, 1998


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 19m

Budget $130,000,000.00

Revenue $379,014,294.00



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