- Directors: Roland Emmerich
- Producers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, Williem Fay, Peter Winther, Kelly van Horn, Rob Fried, Cary Woods
- Writers: Screenplay, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Story, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Characters, Toho Co Ltd
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo
The film’s opening credits play over a montage of French nuclear tests in French Polynesia, observed by lizards. An egg is irradiated by the tests.
Years later, a Japanese fishing ship is attacked by an unseen, giant monster that attacks from below the water: only one sailor survives. Traumatized, he is questioned in a hospital by a French scientist as to what he saw. His only reply is “Gojira”, which is later Romanized as “Godzilla”.
Another attack near the Eastern Seaboard culminates in the eventual destruction of a fleet of fishing ships. The crew survive, after witnessing their boat sinking, but it shoots up from underneath and lands with a huge splash in the surface.
Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, an NRC scientist, located in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone researching the effects of radiation on wildlife, is interrupted by the arrival of an agent of the U.S. State Department. He is sent to Panama, escorted by the military, to observe the wreckage of the recovered Japanese fishing ship and a set of massive footprints in the grassy soil. The Frenchman is also there, observing the scene and introduces himself as an insurance agent. Aboard a military aircraft, Tatopolous identifies skin samples he recovered as belonging to an animal “unknown to science”. He dismisses the military’s theory that the creature is a reawakened dinosaur, theorising that its origins in French Polynesia make it a mutant created by nuclear testing.
The crowd and the military celebrates Godzilla’s demise. As Nick, Audrey and Animal reconcile, RoachÃ© quietly leaves, taking the videotape Animal had recorded, detailing the entire incident. In the smoking ruins of Madison Square Garden, it is revealed a single egg has survived the bombing. As the film concludes, the egg begins to crack. A baby Godzilla hatches from the egg and roars.