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Generation X
Directed by Jack Sholder
Produced by Avi Arad
Eric Blakeney
Matthew Edelman
Stan Lee
David Roessell
Bruce J. Sallan
Written by Eric Blakeney
Starring Matt Frewer
Finola Hughes
Cinematography Bryan England
Editing by Michael Schweitzer
Distributed by Fox Television
Release date(s) February 20, 1996
Running time 87 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

Generation X is a made-for-TV film which aired on FOX on February 20, 1996. It is based on the Marvel Comics series Generation X. It was produced by New World Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment.



Actor Role
Suzanne Davis Buff/Arlee Hicks
Matt Frewer Russel Tresh
Finola Hughes Emma Frost/White Queen
Heather McComb Jubilation Lee/Jubilee
Jeremy Ratchford Sean Cassidy/Banshee
Bumper Robinson Mondo
Agustin Rodriguez Angelo Espinosa/Skin
Amarilis Monet St. Croix/M
Randall Slavin Kurt Pastorius/Refrax

Plot summary

Banshee and Emma Frost are the headmasters of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. They recruit Jubilee, and introduce her to her fellow students; M, Skin, Mondo, Buff and Refrax. The students are learning to cope with their mutant powers, and come into conflict with the "townies" who mock the students. Emma Frost worked previously with a mad scientist named Russel Tresh who felt that he could extract part of mutant's brains to develop psychic powers, and Russell is back and wants to use Skin's brain in his experiments.


Characters from the comics
  • Emma Frost/White Queen (Finola Hughes) runs the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters with Banshee. She takes her job very seriously and wants to make sure the students are sufficiently trained for any situation. Part of the reason for this may be because in her past she trained another group called the Hellions who were lost, something she blames herself for. Before her teaching duties Emma worked as a researcher on a project to develop a "dream machine" to access the dream dimension, she came into conflict with fellow researcher Russel Tresh. Her powers include mind control.
  • Angelo Espinosa/Skin (Austin Rodriguez) has skin that can stretch in a variety of different ways, including the ability to wrap himself around objects. He has a younger sister, whom Russel Tresh threatened if Skin didn't obey him. He seems to have some psychic abilities.
Characters created for the film
  • Buff/Arlee Hicks (Suzanne Davis) is one of the students at the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, she is a friendly likable person, whose mutation increases her muscle mass and strength. She is insecure about her new physique and wears loose clothing to cover it up.
  • Refrax/Kurt Pastorius (Randall Slavin) is one of the students at the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, his eyes emit radiation giving him X-Ray vision and heat beams. He is a practical joker who has a crush on Buff. He wears special glasses to control his powers and is best friends with Mondo.
  • Doctor Russel Tresh (Matt Frewer) an unethical scientist and researcher who is investigating subliminal and psychic powers. He worked on a project with Emma Frost, who got him fired for his unethical behaviour. Following this he put his talents towards the advertising industry where he uses the money to build a machine to access the "dream dimension".

Production notes

Movie prologue

The following is a prologue quote that appeared at the beginning of the movie, which was later emulated in the X-Men theatrical films with similar defining quotes on mutation and evolution, respectively, albeit in voice-over rather than on-screen text:

Mutation: n. 1. The act of being altered or changed. 2. The illegal genetic condition [US Statute 5504178], first apparent in puberty, caused by the X factor located in the pineal gland of the brain.


The mansion used for the Xavier Institute is Hatley Castle which was also used in the X-Men films X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand, as well as for the home of young Lex Luthor in the Smallville series.

Team members

Although not a factor in the decision to abandon the creation of a series, Jubilation Lee was not portrayed as a character of Asian descent. The X-Men comics and animated series have always portrayed her as Chinese American. It was later revealed that the lead role in the film was intended for the character Dazzler or Boomer, either of whom has virtually the same powers as Jubilee but are both Caucasian (which would have also gone against the comic adaptation since Dazzler nor Boomer were never members of Generation X), but the popularity of Jubilee's character from the X-Men animated series prompted the producers to give the lead role to Jubilee.

Two new characters, Buff and Refrax were created for the movie to replace the characters Chamber and Husk from the comics, whose flashy powers would have been too expensive to produce on the film's budget, and Mondo, while an existing character, may have replaced the character Synch.

Different versions

The British version and the United States version contain slight differences:

  • In the British version, Jubilee is forced to strip for a full body print. While this scene did not appear in the later showings of the United States version, it did appear in the original showing.
  • In the British version there was significantly more swearing, racial slurs and extreme situations. After discovering the Dream Machine, Jubilee and Skin compare notes. In this scene Jubilee uses three swear words. These were edited out of the United States version.
  • When Skin encounters Russel Tresh in the Dream World, Tresh calls Skin a "wetback" and threatens to mind-rape Skin's sister if he doesn't help get Tresh back into his body. This scene was edited to remove the racial slur and mind-rape wording in the United States version.

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