Release Date: July 14th, 2000
Video Release Date: November 21st, 2000 (according to AICN, there are also plans for a special edition DVD in the spring of 2003 that will feature some new scenes that are being shot on the new set in conjuction with the sequel)
Title Note: Though they are often called The X-Men, the name of this movie drops the The so it's just X-Men.
11/08/00 - The New York Post reports that there will be a second DVD released in 2001 that will be a longer version of the film, with some new scenes, and documentary footage of the filming. (12/10/00) That's funny, because Bryan Singer told Entertainment Weekly this week that he doesn't know of where the rumored 140 minute version of the film would be. Supposedly, the extra scenes seen on the current DVD are all that were cut. Hmmm.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Running Time: 105 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Sir Ian McKellen (Erik Magnus Lehnsherr aka Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Logan aka Wolverine), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), Halle Berry (Ororo Munroe aka Storm), Bruce Davison (Senator Kelly), James Marsden (Scott Summers aka Cyclops), Anna Paquin (Marie aka Rogue), Ray Park (Toad), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique), Tyler Mane (Sabretooth), Shawn Ashmore (Bobby "Iceman" Drake), Alex Burton (John/Pyro), Katrina Florece (Jubilee), Sumela Kay (Kitty Pryde), Matthew Sharp (Henry Peter Gyrich), Stan Lee (cameo as a hot dog vendor)
Humorous Credit Note: Curiously enough, someone at Fox mistyped the name of Matthew Sharp's character as "Henry Guyrich." The correct spelling is definitely Gyrich, not Guyrich. Someone messed up.
Uncredited Mutant Cameos: Besides those credited above, other characters seen in cameo as students (identified by appearance, not necessarily by powers) include Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, Thunderbird, and teen versions of the Blob and the Vanisher. Some people have suggested that the young boy who teleports could be a new version of Nightcrawler, but lacking furry blue skin, a tail, and a stinky "bamf" cloud, he's a lot more like the Vanisher. There's also a cameo of a mutant running over water; this may be Quicksilver (though the boy didn't have silver hair). Finally, there's a girl with puffy red curly hair and a pronounced necklace, but I couldn't figure out after two viewings whom she might be. (7/20/00) I forgot that Magma wore a gold necklace in some comics, but someone sent in an image... yep, this could indeed be the New Mutant, Magma.
Director: Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil; next up is X²)
Screenwriter: David Hayter (debut; he's also got The Chronicles of Riddick, The Hulk, and Watchmen coming)
Based Upon: The popular superhero comic book published by Marvel Comics. It's very likely that it will be followed by a sequel, X².
Sequel Note: (6/2/03) This movie was followed by X2: X-Men United in May, 2003 and X3: X-Men 3 is likely to be released in May, 2006.
Premise: In a world where genetic mutations have created a new race of "mutants" (also called Homo Sapiens Superior), two groups align against each other. Magneto, the master of magnetism, seeks to rule over humanity before they get a chance to wipe out all mutants, and in his cause, he has recruited a band of mutants. On the other side are the X-Men, which are a paramilitary group of students taught by the super-psychic, Professor Xavier. Their mission is to provide positive role-models of how mutants can serve humanity, rather than rule over it. This film follows the adventures as these two very different groups conflict during one of Magneto's attempts to win the war with Homo Sapiens. The film starts with the introduction of Rogue and Wolverine, who eventually meet the X-Men. Meanwhile, Magneto's forces work on a few projects, the nature of which are definitive spoilers (click and scroll): (Magneto has a machine that transforms human beings into mutants, and plans on unleashing it on a group of international diplomats at Ellis Island, from the Statue of Liberty. He needs Rogue to be his substitute (because it will kill whomever uses it). Magneto's search for Rogue is confused with a search for Wolverine...)(11/8/00)>
Filming: Production on this movie started on 9/22/99 in and around Toronto, and wrapped on March 3rd, 2000.
Genre: Action, Eye Candy, Science Fiction
Location Site: Science North (This Canadian location is reported to be used for Magneto's headquarters)
Rumor Control: Corona's Coming Attractions (Patrick Sauriol and crew have done a great job of keeping track of this film's development and their lengthy page on this film is worth checking out)
Unofficial Fan Site: X-MEN: the Movie (Xoom)
Cast Images: AICN, American Mule
Official Actor Site: Hugh JackmanSir Ian McKellen (Sir Ian is really going above and beyond the call of duty with his site... you can read his journal about filming, and see images from the production. Very nice.)
Official Character Site: Senator Kelly (The good Senator has set up mutantwatch.com to help in the monitoring and reporting of mutants in our midst. This is a very clever site set up by Fox to give us a taste of the world of the movie and the comics.)
Official Site: X-Men-The-Movie.com
Official Comics Site: X-Men
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11/08/00 - DVD Note
There have been dozens of super hero movies over the years, but surprisingly enough, there has never been a big-budget super hero movie featuring a full team of heroes. For my comic book dollar, team books have always been my favorites, whether it be The Justice League of America, Fantastic Four, Watchmen, or The Avengers. Well, this summer's Mystery Men will have the distinction of being the first superteam movie, but X-Men is a close second, and is a straight action movie (versus the comedic route the former film is taking).
The first three names officially announced were the esteemed British actors McKellen and Stewart, and the relative unknown variable of professional wrestler Tyler Mane. Ian McKellen seems at first like an odd choice for Magneto (as the comic book character hasn't aged much since the 1960's), but for a film set over 50 years after the Holocaust (Magneto is a concentration camp survivor), I think McKellen's thin and aged demeanor should give this fractured villain the proper depth. You see, Magneto isn't really, truly "evil" in the traditional sense, but a man who believes he is stopping a new Holocaust (against mutants) before it happens. McKellen should be great.
Likewise, Patrick Stewart was born to play Professor Xavier. Indeed, he's been rumored to play Prof. X. nearly since he first gained fame in the 1980's as the star of Star Trek: The Next Generation (yes, this movie has been the subject to rumors that long :). The most obvious reason of course is that he physically resembles Xavier from his bald head right down to his commanding screen presence.
It's interesting to point out that an early version of the script was said to include more characters, including some (Beast, Pyro) that would have required many more special effects than the current team rosters will. I think the plus side to this is that it will give us more time with such special effects heavy characters as the dazzling eye beams of Cyclops, the shapeshifting of Mystique, the weather manipulation of Storm, and the (this is the winner) magnetic powers of Magneto.
With only four evil mutants, and six powerful X-Men, the sides seem a bit lop-sided, until you figure in how truly powerful Magneto is, and how effective Mystique can be at messing with the team through her shapeshifting, and Sabretooth is more than enough to keep Wolverine busy for the full film. :) I'm pretty sure there will be a sequel to this film someday, and so those hungry to see more of their favorite X-villains (Apocalypse? Dark Phoenix? Juggernaut?) on the big screen probably only need wait a few years or so.
As an on and off again comics fan, I've had a longtime love-hate relationship with the X-Men comics. I grew up loving the books, right through the late 1980's. However, like many longtime fans, I found the comics spinning away from me in the early 90's as new characters (Gambit, Bishop, etc.... yuck!) came in and old favorites drifted into the background. Happily, however, recent years have seen Marvel Comics bringing the team back to its roots and I'm reading the comics again now occasionally and enjoying them. This film seems likely to only help the series grow (it should be interesting to see if the comics will change to reflect the new fans brought in by the film). (more)(11/8/00)>
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