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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

    Author, Director, Screenplay

  2. Dean Devlin

    Author, Screenplay

  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

  6. Michael Lerner

    Michael Lerner

    Mayor Ebert

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 19m

Budget $130,000,000.00

Revenue $379,014,294.00

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Release Information

  • May 19, 1998
    PG-13, Theatrical



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