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The Hunger Games (2012)

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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.

Director:

Gary Ross

Writers:

Gary Ross (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 33 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Tucci ... Caesar Flickerman
Wes Bentley ... Seneca Crane
Jennifer Lawrence ... Katniss Everdeen
Willow Shields ... Primrose Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth ... Gale Hawthorne
Elizabeth Banks ... Effie Trinket
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Hob Vendor (as Sandra Lafferty)
Paula Malcomson ... Katniss' Mother
Rhoda Griffis ... Registration Woman
Sandino Moya-Smith Sandino Moya-Smith ... Propaganda Film Tribute
Josh Hutcherson ... Peeta Mellark
Raiko Bowman ... Peeta's Mother
Dwayne Boyd ... Peacekeeper #1
Anthony Reynolds ... Peacekeeper #2
Judd Lormand ... Peacekeeper #3
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Storyline

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, 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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The World Will Be Watching See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artemis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$152,535,747, 25 March 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$408,010,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,394,724
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lionsgate, Color Force See more »
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the Extras on the 2 DVD edition, co-Writer and Director Gary Ross explains, "We were under tremendous financial pressure for this movie. It's under eighty million dollars, and it's a really really big movie. Other blockbusters cost twice or three times as much." See more »

Goofs

During the review by Caesar and Claudius after the initial bloodbath at the Cornucopia, behind them are images of the fallen tributes and their times of death. Some of the times shown are impossibly low, including several tributes shown to have lasted only a fraction of a second, not long enough to have even stepped off of their platforms. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Seneca Crane: I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history...
Caesar Flickerman: Yes, yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a worded passage about the history of the Hunger Games. In the last section, all of the text fades away except for the film's title. See more »

Alternate Versions

British theatrical version was cut for violence (sights of blood) to secure a more commercial 12 rating. The DVD includes the cut version, Blu-ray the uncut version (with a 15 rating). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.2 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Battle Royale for the young ones
31 May 2012 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I am referring to the audience watching. Because the original Battle Royale (japanese movie) with a similar theme, was more of an adult version of this movie right here. Having said that, the idea is so good it translates to the screen, even if it is watered down a bit. Plus I was just enjoying the girls moaning and exhaling in general while watching this and finding romance even in the weirdest of situations. Throw in Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and the always reliable Stanley Tucci for some acting/weirdness weight and you got yourself a movie.

Apparently though the movie has not covered everything the novel had to offer (which should be no surprise). What should be a surprise to anyone who was living outside the US, is the fact, that this was one of the most anticipated movies in recent history (though I'm more than happy that The Avengers beat them at the total box office of course). Better drama, story and acting than Twilight, hopefully it stays that way and won't dwindle down the road ...


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