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The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  23 March 2012 (USA)
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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.



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Peeta's Mother


In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. Written by Suzanne Collins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$152,535,747 (USA) (23 March 2012)


$407,999,255 (USA) (31 August 2012)

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Did You Know?


Although it is mentioned briefly that Gale has had his name put into the drawing multiple times, it is not fully explained in the movie why someone might want to do this other than when Katniss tells Prim when she comes to say goodbye not to put her name in more because it's not worth getting enough food. Each additional time a name is entered raises the possibility that the person will be selected to compete, and probably die, in the games. In the source novel, it is explained that putting your name in an additional time garners your family an additional portion of grain and oil, so families experiencing especially terrible privation may put their children's names into the drawing more than once in exchange for that small amount of extra food. See more »


When Katniss is trying to saw off the branch that is holding the trackerjacker nest, the nest is shown resting on another branch in one shot, then it is hanging free in the next shot. See more »


[first lines]
Seneca Crane: I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history...
Caesar Flickerman: Yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.
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Spoofed in The Starving Games (2013) See more »


Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)
Lyrics by Suzanne Collins
Music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett
Performed by Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields
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Not as good as battle Royale
25 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have not read the books.

However I have seen Battle Royale that was released in 2000 and also Series 7: The Contenders released in 2001. This film is a copy of both films. However Battle Royale is much better and much more violent.

I don't know when the book was written (maybe battle Royal copied it first). But if the book was released after battle Royal, it would be like me writing Jurassic park and then releasing a film of it?! In theory they could have made this a great film, but they chose to leave out any kind of violence. I am really interested to see if the book is also just the same as Battle Royale. Someone should be sued!

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