Originally called "Gojira" in Japan, this original Godzilla film features first-rate special effects (better than all the others) and an unusual cast. An American newspaper reporter and a lovely Japanese lady scientist team up to try and stop the 40-story high, fire-breathing monster awakened by radiation exposure.
A group of scientists accidently nuke a lizard and unleash the radioactive monster known as Godzilla. The oversized reptile wastes Tokyo and is on his way to destroying the rest of the world unless the Japanese government can stop him. The first in a long series of Godzilla movies.
First released in Japan in 1954 under the title "Gojira" with a 98-minute running time. Some scenes were deleted and new scenes with Raymond Burr were added for release in the United States two years later.