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Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the District 12 reaping, Effie Trinket is the only character with a microphone. However, after the female tribute has been chosen, Katniss and Primrose's voices can be heard amplified and echoed as if they were using microphones as well, even though neither are near the microphone. This is only in some shots, and the echoes come and go.

Continuity 

When Katniss is turning around to show her fire dress, you can see her hair (bun) comes apart. But in the next scene her hair is nicely tucked in.
When Peeta throws the metal ball at the spears, the career tributes (Cato, Marvel and Clove) are laughing at Peeta before he throws the ball. After Peeta has thrown it, Clove has gone and Glimmer is in her place.
When the 12 chariots are parading to the final stopping spot, the fans are throwing flowers and all kinds of things on the road that they ride in on. When they show the overhead view and the last chariots pull up there is not one item on the roadway.
After Katniss blows up the stockpile of goods, in all future shots of the same clearing there is no indication that an explosion took place or that the mines have been dug up.
During The Reaping, in the wide shot when the Mayor and his affiliates are being introduced, there is only a microphone and the chairs on the stage. The Reaping Balls do not appear until Effie draws the names.
During the Reaping, when Katniss yells, "I VOLUNTEER!" her hair is messed up and ruffled, however, when she states "I volunteer as tribute," her hair is combed again.
When Katniss hugs Peeta, her right arm crosses over Peeta's left shoulder, the following shot after, her arm is under Peeta's left arm.
From the start of the arena parts to the end of the scene where Katniss blows up the food, the tribute plates are visible. From then on, the tribute plates have disappeared and can not be seen.
When Katniss is walking up for the Reaping she has a bruise on her neck. In next shot it's gone.
The cut on Katniss's forehead, which she received from Clove, often changes from being scabbed over, to appearing scarred and healed with no blood.
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.
When wounded Katniss is on the tree and receives a parachute, she takes off the lid of the can with the medicine and places it underneath it (the can). In the following scene she's holding the lid on the side of the can.
In the Reaping scene when Effie opens the note that has Prim's name on it, the tape goes from being long on the left to being long on the right.
While Katniss is hiding in the tree from the tributes, she is shown once in her sleeping bag in one shot, and out of the sleeping bag in another.
When Katniss is driven from the tree by the fire, she unties her rope and jumps down the tree apparently without putting the rope back in her bag, but the following night, while hiding on a tree from the others who camp beneath her, she has tied herself to the tree again with the same rope.
In the 'Reaping' scene when Katniss is seen yelling 'I volunteer' the camera shows her ducking under the Peacekeeper's arms, when the camera once again returns back to her she's back up straining against the Peacekeeper's arms.
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.
When Effie Trinket is shown from behind walking to the bowl to draw the girl tribute, she has a lot of hair on her neck. Then, when she is shown from behind going to meet Katniss, she has just a few strands of hair there.
When Katniss is cutting the branch with the tracker jackers, she first starts cutting it with the sharp side; then, when the camera cuts to the next shot, she's cutting the branch with the rough side.
During the speech from an instructor before the tributes commence their training, Glimmer can be seen to have a pimple on her right cheek, near her chin. This is gone when she is on with Caesar Flickerman, but it could have been covered with makeup. When Katniss is chased up a tree, Glimmer can be seen without the pimple on her cheek, but she has one on her throat, right under her chin, where she didn't have one before. Then, when she laughs at Cato by the campfire, she has a pimple on her right cheek again.
When the tributes are riding the chariots in the parade, in the first shot, Glimmer's shawl is off of her right shoulder. When the camera cuts back to her, the shawl is back on her shoulder.
After Katniss receives her first gift from the sponsors, she leaves the container slightly opened. The next morning as she is climbing the tree past that same canister, it is fully closed.
After entering her private training session in front of the Gamemakers, Katniss Everdeen picks up a bow and draws it. In the side shot, she removes her index finger of her bow hand from the top of the arrow's shaft while drawing the bow. When the camera switches to over her right shoulder, her index finger is still over the top of the arrow and Katniss only removes it after she has fully drawn the bow.
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In Katniss's flashbacks to when Peeta is feeding the pigs at the bakery, Peeta's hair is brown. In the rest of the movie, it is blonde. There is no explanation for the color change.
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When Peeta throws the metal ball at the rack of spears, the District 1 & 2 representatives can be seen in the background with their arms hanging loose. Immediately after that, they are shown with their hands folded together.
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When the shot of the pre-Games "tribute scoreboard" switches from a close-up to a wide shot of the betting area, the board has changed significantly; the images of the Tributes are gone and the odds for each of them have changed. Rue's odds, for example, instantly change from a dire 60-1 to a quite impressive 7-1 chance of winning.
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When Katniss is seeing images on the window of her penthouse room, in the forest image, when her face is focused, there is hair in front of her left eye. But after shifting to the forest image and then shifting back to her face, there is no hair in front of her left eye.
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When Katniss talks to Rue while they eat, Katniss has a few strands of hair hanging down over her right cheek. They are no longer there in a shot of the side of her face.
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When Katniss pours a drop of water on her wound, initially she holds the bottle with all her fingers below the lid but when shown from top her first finger is above the lid.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Katniss volunteers for Prim, it shows the crowd putting three fingers over their lips and kissing it as a sign of respect. You can clearly see a man in the crowd wearing black with a camera. This is often mistaken as a goof but remember that the 'Reaping' is being televised across Panem.

Revealing mistakes 

When Katniss and Peeta are about to eat the nightlock berries, in one shot there is a wall visible in the background.

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

During the finale, Cato has Peeta in a choke-hold, and blood on his hands. Going back and forth from the duo to Katniss, the blood comes and goes.

Continuity 

When Katniss draws her bow to deliver the coup de grâce to Cato, she initially aims downward as would be expected. But in the next shot, her aim changes to slightly upward. She releases the arrow in a path that would clearly fly far over him.

Plot holes 

As Katniss prepares to destroy the stockpile of goods at Cornucopia, Fox Face comes in, dancing her way across the mines, and grabs some food - then simply runs off in a straight line, as though only one side of the pyramid had been mined.

Revealing mistakes 

After Rue has died, her eyes move when Katniss is grieving.

Revealing mistakes 

After Katniss has destroyed the stockpile at Cornucopia, she runs back into the forest and stops to whistle to the mockingjay and signal Rue. In the wide shot you can very clearly see a blue marker for where she needed to stop.

Revealing mistakes 

After Rue has died and Katniss is putting a bunch of flowers in her hand, Rue's fingers move.

Revealing mistakes 

After Tribute Boy District 3 (guarding the stockpile), Rue, and Marvel are all dead, there is no boom indicating that three more Tributes have "fallen."

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