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X-Men (2000)

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Coming Out at 13 July 2000 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

X-Men is 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.

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 two days later. 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.

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Tom DeSanto, Bryan Singer, David Hayter

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin

Cast:

Hugh JackmanLogan / Wolverine
Patrick StewartProfessor Charles Xavier
Ian McKellenEric Lensherr / Magneto
Famke JanssenJean Grey
James MarsdenScott Summers / Cyclops
Halle BerryOroro Munroe / Storm
Anna PaquinRogue
Tyler ManeSabretooth
Ray ParkToad
Rebecca RomijnMystiques)
Bruce DavisonSenator Kelly
Matthew SharpHenry Gyrich
Brett MorrisYoung Magneto
Rhona ShekterMagneto’s Mother
Kenneth McGregorMagneto’s Father
Shawn RobertsRogue’s Boyfriend
Donna GoodhandRogue’s Mother
John NellesRogue’s Father
George BuzaTrucker
Darren McGuireContender
Carson ManningWaterboy #1
Scott LevaWaterboy #2
Aron TagerEmcee
Kevin RushtonStu
Doug LennoxBartender
David NicholsNewscaster #1
Malcolm NefskyStu’s Buddy
Sumela KayKitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Shawn AshmoreBobby Drake / Iceman
Katrina FloreceJubilation Lee / Jubilee
Alex BurtonJohn Allerdyce / Pyro
Quinn WrightLily Pond Kid
Daniel MagderBoy on Raft
Matt WeinbergTommy
Madison LancTommy’s Sister
Stan LeeHot Dog Vendor
Marsha GrahamNewscaster #2
Amy LelandCerebro
Adam RobitelGuy on Line
David Lawrence BrownLead Cop
Ben JensenSabretooth Cop
Tom DeSantoToad Cop
Todd DulmageCoast Guard
Dan DuranNewscaster #3
Elias ZarouU.N. Secretary General
David BlackPresident
Robert R. SnowSecret Service
David HayterMuseum Cop
Cecil PhillipsSecurity Guard
Dave Allen ClarkNewscaster #4
Deryck BlakePlastic Prison Guard
Ilke HincerTranslator
Ron ShamTranslator
Jay YooTranslator
Grigori MiakouchkineTranslator
Eleonore ComesTranslator
Giuseppe GallaccioTranslator
Rupinder BrarTranslator
Abi GanemTranslator
Joey PurpuraGerman Soldier
Manuel VergeGerman Soldier
Wolfgang MüllerGerman Soldier
Ralph ZuljanGerman Soldier
Andy GroteGerman Soldier
Aaron AtkinsMutant
Eric BrysonCop
Ben ChampnissJewish Prisoner of War
Cheryl De LucaMother on Train
Wesley FinucanMan at Train Station
Kyler Fisher
Marc GagneBar Patron
Matthew GallifordEllis Island Dignitary
Gary GoddardMan at Beach
Matt GrangerWeapon X Program Surgeon
Cyprian LerchPolice Officer
Donald MackinnonStudent at Xavier School
Brian PeckHot Dog Stand Patron
Sabrina G SamuelsSpectator On Beach
Peter SchindelhauerGerman Soldier
Jimmy StarPolice Officer
Kim TannahillWoman
Daniel VivianCanadian
Quentin WrightStudent at Xavier School

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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