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? 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. 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

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Second Unit Director

Production

Production Company
Production Supervisor
Unit Production Manager

Writers

Screenplay Writer
Novelist

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Designer
Mix Studio
Sound Editor
Foley Artist
Foley Editor

Art

Production Designer
Set Decorator

Casting

Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Makeup and Hair

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Camera:
ARRICAM Lite (LT), ARRICAM Studio (ST), ARRIFLEX 235
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
The Games Will Change Everyone
The World Will Be Watching
May the Odds be Ever in your Favor
Goofs:
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.

Miscellaneous
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.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Kitnap fights Clove, you can clearly see someone standing behind them.

Continuity
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.

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.

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

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
When Peeta throws the metal ball at the rack where the spears are, 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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
When Kat 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 however has tied herself to the tree again with the same rope.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
When she is on the Cornucopia at the end, Katniss has just one arrow left. She shoots Cato with it. When Cato falls among the beasts, she ends his suffering by shooting another arrow, which she shouldn't really still have. At no stage in the movie is she seen to retrieve an arrow once fired.

Continuity
When Katniss is cutting the branch with the tracker jackers she first starts cutting it with the sharp side. Then when it cuts to the next shot she's cutting the branch with the rough side.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Continuity
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.

Audio/Video Mismatch
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.
Trivia:
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 (a national department store chain) 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.

The fictional nation in the film is called Panem. This is derived from "Panem et Circenses," or "Bread and Circuses," which comes from the latter days of the Roman Empire, in which the government would keep the masses satisfied not by performing their public services well, but by providing violent and deadly entertainments for the people to watch, which is rather fitting for the subject matter of the film.

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 (after Winter's Bone) 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.

Although it is mentioned briefly that Gale has had his name put into the drawing multiple times, it is not fully explained in the movie why someone might want to do this other than when Katniss tells Prim when she comes to say goodbye not to put her name in more because it's not worth getting enough food. Each additional time a name is entered raises the possibility that the person will be selected to compete, and probably die, in the games. In the source novel, it is explained that putting your name in an additional time garners your family an additional portion of grain and oil, so families experiencing especially terrible privation may put their children's names into the drawing more than once in exchange for that small amount of extra food.

The first film not released by a big six studio (Fox, Disney, Paramount, WB, Columbia or Universal) to gross over $400 million in the United States.

Lenny Kravitz was cast for the role of Cinna without audition after director Gary Ross was impressed his brief performance in Precious. Because most of Cinna's scenes are with Katniss, Kravitz learned as much as he could about Jennifer Lawrence through his daughter Zoë Kravitz who appeared with Lawrence in X-Men: First Class.

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.

In the movie, Foxface's real name is revealed as Finch. During the interview with Ceaser, she says, "that [she] can apply [herself] to the present situation..." then it cuts to a backstage TV. On that, Ceaser says, "Thank You, Finch." The "Finch" being really faint.

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.

Paula Malcomson played Jennifer Lawrence's mother once before, in Cold Case: A Dollar, a Dream.

The first name of the main character, Katniss Everdeen, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus "Sagittaria", commonly known as "arrowhead". This is a reference to the character's archery skills. Her surname is a reference to Bathsheba Everdene who is the lead female character in Thomas Hardy's novel "Far from the Madding Crowd". Suzanne Collins, who wrote the novel that The Hunger Games is based on, said "The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts".

Elizabeth Banks plays a pivotal character in the story, who has become an iconic image in pop culture, yet this character's name (Effie Trinket) 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 director Gary Ross has stated that his decision to go with shaky cam work, "had a lot to do with urgency of what's going on and [to reflect Katniss'] point of view."

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

The four-note melody that Katniss uses as her signal with Rue (and that plays at the end of most trailers) is G-Bb-A-D.

In the early scenes depicting life in District 12, an homage to Dorothea Lange's iconic Depression-era photo is seen in the shot of the lady looking out the window with her fingers on one cheek. Later in the film, the Reaping scene features images of the same grand neo-classical architecture, '40s style microphones, and red birds of prey banners that were all part of the Third Reich.

Second unit director Steven Soderbergh shot much of the District 11 riot scenes.

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.

WILHELM SCREAM: Heard from one of the victims when Katniss cuts off a tree branch and the nest of tracker jackers fall onto some of her opponents.

Gary Ross wanted to make this movie after noticing his twin children were fans of the books. However, he was unaware that producer Nina Jacobson had already secured the rights. Suzanne Collins' novels were discovered by co-producer Bryan Unkeless, who then recommended them to Jacobson.

Because of how the pedestals were arranged and spaced apart in the field, there are only 20 of them at the cornucopia instead of 24.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: The Internship (English)
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)