X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter from a story by Singer and Tom DeSanto. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and features an ensemble cast consisting of Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, and Anna Paquin.
The film depicts a world where a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. It focuses on mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier’s X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.
- Starring : Patrick Stewart / Hugh Jackman
- Genre : Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Bryan Singer
- Production : Twentieth Century Fox / Marvel Enterprises / Donners’ Company / Bad Hat Harry Productions / Springwood Productions / Genetics Productions
- Distributor : Twentieth Century Fox / UGC-Fox Distribution (UFD) / 20th Century Fox / Fox-Warner / Filmes Castello Lopes / Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. / 20th Century Fox Argentina / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Film1 / Fox Network / Gativideo / Hotstar / Italia 1 / Odeon / Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / Yorin
X-Men release date
- July 12, 2000 : USA (Ellis Island, New York) (premiere)
- July 13, 2000 : Australia
- July 14, 2000 : USA
- July 20, 2000 : Singapore
- August 2, 2000 : Switzerland (Locarno Film Festival)
- August 2, 2000 : Sweden
- August 15, 2000 : UK (London) (premiere)
- August 16, 2000 : France
- August 18, 2000 : UK
- August 18, 2000 : Ireland
- August 30, 2000 : Philippines (Manila)
- August 31, 2000 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- August 31, 2000 : Germany
- September 9, 2000 : Philippines (Davao)
- October 3, 2000 : Spain
- October 6, 2000 : India
- October 7, 2000 : Japan
- October 12, 2000 : Israel
- September 8, 2015 : France (Deauville Film Festival)
- Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
- Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier
- Ian McKellen as Eric Lensherr / Magneto
- Famke Janssen as Jean Grey
- James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops
- Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm
- Anna Paquin as Rogue
- Tyler Mane as Sabretooth
- Ray Park as Toad
- Rebecca Romijn as Mystique(as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
- Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly
- Matthew Sharp as Henry Gyrich
- Brett Morris as Young Magneto
- Rhona Shekter as Magneto’s Mother
- Kenneth McGregor as Magneto’s Father
Development of X-Men began as far back as 1984 with Orion Pictures, with James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow in discussions at one point. The film rights were bought by 20th Century Fox in 1994, and various scripts and film treatments were commissioned from Andrew Kevin Walker, John Logan, Joss Whedon, and Michael Chabon. Singer signed to direct in 1996, with further rewrites by Ed Solomon, Singer, Tom DeSanto, Christopher McQuarrie, and Hayter, in which Beast and Nightcrawler were deleted over budget concerns from Fox. X-Men marked the Hollywood debut for Jackman, a last-second choice for Wolverine, cast three weeks into filming. Filming took place from September 22, 1999 to March 3, 2000, primarily in Toronto.
X-Men premiered at Ellis Island on July 12, 2000, and was released in the United States on July 14, 2000. It was a box office success, grossing over $296.3 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics, citing its performances, story, and thematic depth. The film’s success led to a series of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, with the overall success of the series spawning a reemergence of superhero films, a genre that would remain highly popular for the next two decades.
In Nazi-occupied Poland, 12-year-old Erik Lehnsherr is separated from his parents upon entering the Auschwitz concentration camp. While trying to reach them, he causes a set of metal gates to bend towards him as the result of his mutant ability to create magnetic fields and control metal manifesting, only to be knocked out by the guards. In the not too distant future, U.S. Senator Robert Kelly attempts to pass a “Mutant Registration Act” in Congress, which would force mutants to publicly reveal their identities and abilities. Present are Lehnsherr, now going by the name “Magneto”, and his telepathic colleague Professor Charles Xavier. Seeing Lehnsherr in attendance, Xavier becomes concerned with how he will respond to the Registration Act.
Meanwhile, in Meridian, Mississippi, 17-year-old Marie D’Ancanto accidentally puts her boyfriend into a coma upon kissing him as the result of her mutant ability to absorb the powers and life force of others. She runs away from home and adopts the name Rogue. In Alberta, she meets Logan, also known as Wolverine, a mutant who possesses superhuman healing abilities and metal “claws” that protrude from between his knuckles. While on the road together, they are attacked by a minion of Magneto’s, Sabretooth, until two of Xavier’s students Cyclops and Storm arrive and save them. Wolverine and Rogue are brought to Xavier’s mansion and school for mutants in Westchester County, New York. Xavier tells Logan that Magneto appears to have taken an interest in Wolverine and asks him to stay while Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, investigate the matter. Meanwhile, Rogue enrolls in the school.
Senator Kelly is abducted by two more of Magneto’s minions, Toad and Mystique, and is brought to their hideout on the uncharted island of Genosha. There, Magneto uses Kelly as a test subject for a machine powered by his magnetic abilities that generates a field of radiation, inducing mutation in normal humans. Kelly later escapes by taking advantage of his newfound mutation. Rogue visits Wolverine during the night while he is having a nightmare; however, he accidentally stabs her once startled, but Rogue is able to absorb his healing ability to recover, which other students witness, having arrived to help. She is later convinced by Mystique, who disguises herself as Rogue’s crush Bobby Drake, that Xavier is angry with her and she should leave the school. Xavier uses his mutant-locating machine Cerebro to find Rogue at a train station, and the X-Men go to retrieve her. Meanwhile, Mystique enters Cerebro and sabotages it.
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