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Generation X is a telefilm and the first live-action adaptation of the X-Men characters. Produced by New World Entertainment for Fox television airing on February 20, 1996. It is speculated that the film was a backdoor pilot for a potential series. A series never materialized, but it would soon be followed by a big budget feature film four years later.


A group of troubled teen mutants are indoctrinated into "Xavier's School for Gifted Students"- a selective private school just for mutants. The kids are taught by two adult mutants: the filthy rich and morally questionable telepath, Emma Frost/"The White Queen", and Sean Cassidy/"Banshee", an Irishman who has a "sonic scream" capable of splitting steel. The villain of this story is Russell Tresh an egomaniacal scientist out to use mutants to advance his schemes. When he finds out that The White Queen, an old adversary of his, is now teaching school to a bunch of mutant teenagers, he decides to kill two birds with one stone and kidnap her students to use in his experiments.


  • Finola Hughes as Emma Frost
  • Jeremy Ratchford as Banshee
  • Matt Frewer as Russel Tresh
  • Heather McComb as Jubilee
  • Suzanne Davis as Buff
  • Bumper Robinson as Mondo
  • Agustin Rodriguez as Skin
  • Amarilis as M
  • Randall Slavin as Refrax
  • Lynda Boyd as Alicia Lee
  • Robert J. Lewis as Jim Lee
  • Lalainia Lindbjerg as Kayla
  • Kevin McNulty as Robert Ralston

Home Video availability

The film was released on VHS, but is still unavailable on DVD.