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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 fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.



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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)  »

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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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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


When Katniss fires her arrow at the apples on the pile of goods, she is barely into the clearing, but as the explosion knocks her backwards, she seems to have moved forwards a couple of yards. See more »


[first lines]
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Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)
Lyrics by Suzanne Collins
Music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett
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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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