The Hunger Games (2012)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 22 mins

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In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 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's 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.
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Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Crew: Gary Ross (Director), Tom Stern (Director of Photography), James Newton Howard (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Dates: 23 Mar 2012 (India)

Tagline: The Games Will Change Everyone

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Did you know? Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were both born in Kentucky, a state with rural poverty and coal mining reminiscent of District 12. Read More
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as Katniss Everdeen
as Peeta Mellark
as Gale Hawthorne
as Avox Girl
as Tribute Girl District 9
as Peacekeeper #2
as Octavia
as Tribute Girl District 10
as Thresh
as President Snow
as Peacekeeper #1
as Effie Trinket
as Tribute Boy District 4
as Tribute Boy District 3
as Clove
as Marvel
as Foxface
as Peacekeeper #3
as Tribute Girl District 3
as Atala
as Hovercraft Tech
as Venia
as Portia
as Cinna
as Glimmer
as Tribute Girl District 8
as Flavius
as Katniss' Mother
as Katniss' Father
as Peeta's Mother
as Registration Woman
as Hob Vendor
as Game Center Tech #2
as Caesar Flickerman
as Game Center Tech #1
as Game Center Tech #3
as Claudius Templesmith
as Seneca Crane
as Primrose Everdeen
as Haymitch Abernathy


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Spoken Languages:
English, Tamil, Telugu
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Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
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24 fps
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The Games Will Change Everyone
The World Will Be Watching
May the Odds be Ever in your Favor
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (English)
Followed by: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (English)
Followed by: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (English)
Dubbed into: The Hunger Games (Tamil)
Dubbed into: The Hunger Games (Hindi)
Dubbed into: The Hunger Games (Telugu)
Factual Mistake
When Katniss and Peeta are about to eat the nightlock berries, in one shot there is a wall visible in the back round.

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.

When Katniss is turning around to show her fire dress, you can see her hair comes apart. But in the next scene her hair is nicely tucked in.

When Katniss is walking up for the Reaping she has a bruise on her neck. In next shot it's gone.

While Katniss is hiding from the tributes in the tree she is shown once in her sleeping bag in one shot, and out of the sleeping bag in another.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Katniss hugs Peeta, her right arm crosses over Peeta's left shoulder, the following shot after, her arm is under Peeta's left arm.

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.

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 had been dug up.

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.

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.
During the filming of one of the scenes in the movie, Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked co-star Josh Hutcherson in the head, knocking him out cold and resulting in a concussion.

Jennifer Lawrence was paid what was, for her, the high fee of $500,000. It took her three days before she accepted the role because she was unsure how the role would clearly affect her career, since her background was largely on the indie film circuit. For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she was paid $10 million, 20 times more than the initial offer.

During a New York Magazine interview, Wes Bentley said that the extremely unusual beard he wore as Seneca was styled from his own real beard, not created from applied pieces or extra hair. Bentley said that while he was in North Carolina filming the movie, he would often go to the local Target to buy things like baby formula while still sporting the "Seneca beard."

Alex Pettyfer, Josh Hutcherson, Lucas Till, Nico Tortorella, Alexander Ludwig, Evan Peters and Hunter Parrish were considered to play Peeta Mellark. Hutcherson was eventually cast, although Ludwig was later cast in the role of Cato.

While horsing around on the set, Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked Josh Hutcherson in the head, knocking him out and resulting in a concussion.

Elizabeth Banks spent 45 minutes every day having manicures done on her fingers.

Woody Harrelson is a vegetarian in real life. In scenes where Haymitch is seen eating, he eats either dessert or vegetables, or just drinks.

Chloë Grace Moretz, Mary Mouser, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jodelle Ferland, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Roberts, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley were considered to play Katniss.

Composer Danny Elfman left the film due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by James Newton Howard.

On February 22nd, four weeks before The Hunger Games' release, Lionsgate began selling advance tickets. Not only did the ticket sales break the one-day record originally held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but also accounted for 83% of the ticket sales of the day.

The second movie in two years in which Jennifer Lawrence plays a character who feeds her destitute family and herself partly by catching and killing squirrels.

Alexander Ludwig worked out for four hours a day with a US Navy Seal to get into shape for his role as Cato.

Donald Sutherland saw the script by accident and when he read it, he lobbied for the role of President Snow because the the script reminded him of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory. He succeeded in getting role after he wrote a letter of plea to Gary Ross explaining why he should be cast.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were both born in Kentucky, a state with rural poverty and coal mining reminiscent of District 12.

Panem is located in a post-apocalyptic North America whose land mass has been reduced by rising sea levels. It is generally agreed that the Capitol is in the Rocky Mountains, possibly Colorado, and that the District 12 town where Katniss grew up is somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, possibly Kentucky or West Virginia.

Dayo Okeniyi read the book trilogy in the three days before his audition for Thresh.

Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence, both natural blondes, dyed their hair brown for their roles in the film while Josh Hutcherson, naturally dark-haired, dyed his hair blond for his part.

Elizabeth Banks plays a pivotal character in the story, who has become an iconic image in pop culture, yet this character's name is never spoken in the movie.

Chris Massoglia, David Henrie, Robbie Amell and Drew Roy were considered to play Gale.

Jennifer Lawrence was initially cast as the lead in Savages, but dropped out to do this film instead.

The design for the Cornucopia was inspired by the work of architect Frank O. Gehry.

Jennifer Lawrence was initially reluctant to take the role of Katniss due to film franchise's popularity and how the role would be a big change for her personal life.

Isabelle Fuhrman originally auditioned for Katniss. After deciding that she was too young for Katniss and too old for Prim, the producers invited her to audition for Clove.