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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When Peeta and Katniss' engagement is broadcast, Caesar announces that it is exciting news for the quarter quell, but the quarterquell decision has not been plotted yet.
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Character error 

In District 11, when the soldiers open up their expandable batons after the salute, the batons of the two soldiers at the end do not open. The 2nd soldier from the end tries to hide his baton behind him.

Continuity 

The number of arrows in Katniss' quiver fluctuates throughout the games.
In the training room, Katniss shoots arrows at adversaries made of light. When she finishes, and the camera pans out, no arrows are on the ground.
After President Snow drinks from his glass, the backwash turns the drink bloody red. In the very next shot, from afar, the champagne is golden.
In The Hunger Games, the cat Buttercup was black and white. In this film, Buttercup has orange stripes.
When Katniss is sitting in the room with President Snow, a lock of hair repeatedly changes position between shots.
When Peeta hands Katniss the locket with photos of her loved ones, the locket is open and folded backwards in Katniss' palm. In next shot, a closeup of the open locket, it is folded forward.
Effie Trinket ushers Katniss off her front steps with a pushing motion, then spreads out her arms. In the next shot, from slightly further away, Effie makes the exact same motion.
When Katniss hammers the spile into the tree, it's perpendicular to the tree. When she drinks the water from the spile, the spile is angled downward.
The poisonous fog changes distance from Katniss in each shot.
It was previously mentioned that Johanna talks to Katniss backstage between their interviews with Caesar when no other Tributes had left the stage after their interviews. However, this explains why Johanna is not in any of the shots while both Katniss and Peeta are being interviewed, but is back on stage after Peeta reveals that Katniss is pregnant. Johanna had gone backstage to fix her dress.
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When the Quarter Quell is announced, a wide shows Katniss, Prim, and her mother on the couch. Her mother is shaking her crossed legs, and Prim is petting her cat Buttercup. In the next shot, Katniss's mother's legs are apart and still, and Buttercup is gone.
After the jabberjay hour where only Katniss and Finnick are tortured, Johanna says, "Your fiancé is right". Either Johanna somehow knows for a fact that they did not get married in secret - unlikely - or she should have actually said "Your husband is right", since Peeta had told Caesar in the interviews that he and Katniss had gotten married in secret.
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In District 11 an elderly man is dragged from the crowd to the steps of the building and shot in the head. We see that he has no crutch but after Katniss looks down on the scene when his body is taken away, there's a crutch near where his body fell.
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An elderly man is dragged up the steps in district 11. When seen from above there is what appears to be a crutch on the ground beside him. He had no crutch when dragged from the crowd.
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Errors in geography 

The end credits include a thank you to "The County of Oahu." The island of Oahu is in Honolulu county.

Factual errors 

When Katniss pulls a wire from the lightning-struck tree down toward the beach, the wire gets stuck further up the hill. That shouldn't affect her ability to keep moving because she is holding the coil.
Peeta opens an oyster, finds a pearl, and gives it to Katniss. The inside of the oyster shell is very white, but the pearl is dark gray. Pearl-producing mollusks create pearls that are the same color as the inside of the shell. Oysters with white interiors produce only white pearls.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

If you listen, you can hear Johanna angrily stomping off the stage after she curses everyone out. During Katniss' entire interview (after seeing her backstage) Johanna is absent, only 22 people are seen up there. She doesn't appear until Peeta's interview where she can be seen at the far left.
After Peeta is offered the drink that will make him vomit, he is warned not to do it there because he will vomit on the floor. When Peeta turns away, the person Peeta gave his glass to is shown drinking from it. Yet Peeta isn't warned not to drink it, he is being offered it because it will make him sick and able to eat more. The man drinks it because he wants to vomit so that he can eat some more.

Plot holes 

Statistically, it would be almost impossible for all 12 districts to have a living male and female past victor to compete in the 75th Hunger Games. In the previous film The Hunger Games, Haymitch mentioned that "Career Tributes" from Districts One and Two won the Games almost every year. Even if just over half of the past Games were won by Career Tributes, subtracting previously identified victors leaves 30 past victors to be distributed as one male and one female from each of the 10 remaining districts. That also assumes that none of the victors have died of old age.
It is hinted that the 3rd Quarter Quell idea, of reaping tributes from existing victors, is from Plutarch. But in the end he is revealed to be the leader of the rebellion, hence his idea to have Katniss survive the game and be the Mockingjay seems irrelevant since the arena is a constant-dangerous arena. (Although in the novel, the 3rd Quarter Quell reaping idea wasn't of Plutarch since he says that "I never dreamed you'd (Katniss) be a tribute (in the game) again").
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President Snow is drinking champagne and his backwash turns the drink bloody red. This is never mentioned again or revisited in the entire film.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Beetee is in the woods, his glasses obviously do not have lenses in some shots.
When Finnick carries Mags on his back through the forest, he is clearly carrying a doll with grey hair in some shots.
Sam Claflin's British accent comes out in the jabber jay scene when he yells for Annie.
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When Katniss enters her mansion just before meeting with Snow, the amount of light at the bottom of the front door indicates more of an indoor style transom.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Cinna's head is slammed against the launch tube, he leaves a smear of blood. In the next shot, the blood is gone.
When President Snow is on TV reading the rules for the Quarter Quell, his white rose is in bloom and outstretched. In the next shot, after the close-up of Katniss on the couch, Snow's rose is closed.
When Effie reads Katniss' name in the reaping, a tear rolls down Katniss' face. In the next shot the tear has moved higher up on her face.
After she is hit by the fog, Katniss screams in pain on contact with the water. However, she didn't scream when she put her left hand into the water for the first time.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

A man is shot in the head in District 11, and no blood shows when the Peacekeepers drag him away. The producers likely did that to keep a PG-13 rating.

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