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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 »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the bottom right of one of the video screens showing Katniss, you can see A113. A113 is a common inside joke/Easter egg in films, referring to the number of a famous classroom used by graphic design and character animation students at the California Institute of the Arts. See more »

Goofs

When Katniss is kind of hiding from the careers in the tree, Cato tries to climb after her. In one shot, you can see his right arm rising to grab a branch, where in the next shot, it is his left hand grabbing it before it breaks off. 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 The Internship (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Movements for Orchestra Mvt. 1
Written by Steve Reich
Performed by Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstler-Orchester (as Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra) and Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Chorus Sine Nomine
Conducted by Kristjan Järvi
Courtesy of Chandos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Boring. A visibly dumbed Battle Royale down for kids.
10 January 2013 | by Cinobite17See all my reviews

So, after all the hype, I just watched The Hunger Games and really wasn't impressed.

It's basically Battle Royale dumbed down for kids. You could clearly see the intent to hide anything that would take it over the 12A/15 certification. Hell even Speed had more verbal and physical violence and that was a 15.

I found it boring. The majority of scenes were silence or dubbed over with gently epic music.

And, throughout, I couldn't help but feel that the whole moral premise was on par with The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE); In order to be successful, you must pander to socially acceptable rules, the way you look and are perceived are the only factors important in your social acceptance not what you can do. Which, personally, I find disgusting.


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