The Hunger Games Quotes: Promising Beginning

(Total Quotes: 77)


Directed by: Gary Ross
Written by:
Gary Ross (screenplay)
Billy Ray (screenplay)
Suzanne Collins (screenplay & novel)
Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson – Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth – Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson – Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks – Effie Trinket
Lenny Kravitz – Cinna
Stanley Tucci – Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland – President Coriolanus Snow
Wes Bentley – Seneca Crane
Toby Jones – Claudius Templesmith
Alexander Ludwig – Cato
Isabelle Fuhrman – Clove
Amandla Stenberg – Rue
Paula Malcomson – Mrs. Everdeen
Willow Shields – Primrose Everdeen
Jacqueline Emerson – Foxface
Dayo Okeniyi – Thresh
Jack Quaid – Marvel
Leven Rambin – Glimmer


The Hunger Games quotes are a mixture of riveting rich fantasy adventure and drama. I went into it with no preconceptions and no prejudice and came out feeling a bit confused, with motion sickness from too much overuse of the hand held shaking camera and wanting to know more!

The story it takes place in a dystopian future where the Capitol rules over the country of Panem. Each year, the Capitol randomly selects one girl and boy from each of the 12 districts to participate in “The Hunger Games,” where the children fight to the death until only one remains. When Katniss Everdeen younger sister is selected as one of the female representatives, Katniss volunteers to take her younger sisters place for the latest match. Katniss is joined by her male counterpart Peeta, and the two embark on the trip to Capitol to face off against the other district tributes and each other.

Verdict: This is a dark and engaging fantasy action/drama with a kick-ass female protagonist that actually works.  A very promising beginning!


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“From the treaty of the treason: In penance for their uprising, each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public “Reaping.” These Tributes shall be delivered to the custody of the Capitol. And then transferred to a public arena where they will Fight to the Death until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as The Hunger Games.”


[first lines; the Head Gamemaker is being interviewed in front of a live audience]
Seneca Crane: I think it’s our tradition.
Caesar Flickerman: Mm-hmm.
Seneca Crane: It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history.
Caesar Flickerman: Yes. Yes.
Seneca Crane: But it’s been the way we’ve been able to heal. At first it was a reminder of the rebellion, it was a price the districts had to pay. But I think it has grown from that, I think it’s uh…something that knits us all together.
[the audience claps]
Caesar Flickerman: This is your third year as Gamemaker. What defines your personal signature?
[the scene cuts before we can hear his answer]


[in District 13, we hear Prim scream then Katniss comforting her younger sister]
Primrose Everdeen: No! No!
Katniss Everdeen: Shh, it’s okay. It’s okay, you were just dreaming. You were dreaming.
Primrose Everdeen: It was me!
Katniss Everdeen: I know. I know. But it’s not. It’s your first year, Prim. You’re name’s only been in there once, they’re not gonna pick you. Try to go to sleep.
Primrose Everdeen: I can’t.
Katniss Everdeen: Just try. Just try.
[Prim whispers to Katniss asking for a song, she lies down and Katniss sings her the first few lines]
Katniss Everdeen: You remember that song? Okay. I gotta go.
[she kisses Prim’s forehead]
Primrose Everdeen: Where?
Katniss Everdeen: I just gotta go. But I’ll be back. I love you.


[using her hunting bow and arrow, Katniss goes hunting for a deer in the woods, just as she’s about to shoot a deer, her friend, Gale, playfully startles her and she misses the deer]
Gale Hawthorne: What are you gonna do with that when you kill it?
Katniss Everdeen: Damn you, Gale! It’s not funny!
Gale Hawthorne: What are you gonna do with a hundred pound deer, Katnap? It’s Reaping day, the place is crawling with Peacekeepers.
Katniss Everdeen: I was gonna sell it, to Peacekeepers.hunger-games-2
Gale Hawthorne: Of course you were.
Katniss Everdeen: Oh, like you don’t sell to Peacekeepers?
Gale Hawthorne: No! Not today!
Katniss Everdeen: It was the first deer I’ve seen in a year. Now I have nothing.
Gale Hawthorne: Okay.
[he throws a rock into a tree startling some birds and Katniss shoots her arrow at them]


[Gale and Katniss find a place in the woods to sit and talk]
Gale Hawthorne: What if they did? Just one year. What if everyone just stopped watching?
Katniss Everdeen: But they won’t, Gale.
Gale Hawthorne: What if they did? What if we did?
Katniss Everdeen: It won’t happen.
Gale Hawthorne: You root for your favorites, you cry when they get killed. It’s sick!
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah.
Gale Hawthorne: If no one watches, then they don’t have a game. It’s as simple as that.
[Katniss smiles at Gale]
Gale Hawthorne: What?
Katniss Everdeen: Nothing!
Gale Hawthorne: Fine, laugh at me.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m not laughing at you.


Gale Hawthorne: We could do it, you know. Take off, live in the woods. It’s what we do anyway.
Katniss Everdeen: They’d catch us.
Gale Hawthorne: Maybe not.
Katniss Everdeen: Cut out our tongues, or worse. We wouldn’t make it five miles.
Gale Hawthorne: No, I’d get five miles. I’d go that way.
Katniss Everdeen: I have Prim and you have your brothers.hunger-games-3
Gale Hawthorne: They can come too.
Katniss Everdeen: Prim in the woods?
Gale Hawthorne: Well, maybe not.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m never having kids.
Gale Hawthorne: I might. If I don’t live here.
Katniss Everdeen: But you do live here.
Gale Hawthorne: I know. But if I didn’t.


Gale Hawthorne: Oh, I forgot. Here.
[Gale takes out a bread roll from his bag and gives it to Katniss]
Katniss Everdeen: Oh, my God! Is this real?
Gale Hawthorne: Yeah! It better be. It cost me a squirrel.
[she splits the bread in half and gives a piece to Gale; as they are about to eat the bread]
Gale Hawthorne: Happy Hunger Games.
[Katniss jokingly does a fake British accent]
Katniss Everdeen: And may the odds be ever in your favor.
[they eat their bread in silence for moment]
Katniss Everdeen: How many times has your name entered it?
Gale Hawthorne: Forty two. Guess the odds aren’t exactly in my favor.


[Katniss is at the market when she notices strange looking pin]
Katniss Everdeen: What’s this?
Hob Vendor: That’s uh…mockingjay.
Katniss Everdeen: How much?
Hob Vendor: You keep it. It’s yours.
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you.


[after Prim and Katniss put on their finest clothing for the reaping]
Katniss Everdeen: You wanna see what I got you today?
[Katniss gives the pin she got earlier at the market to Prim]
Katniss Everdeen: It’s a mockingjay pin, to protect you. And as long as you have it, nothing bad will happen to you. Okay? I promise.


[at the reaping after all the District 12 adults children are accounted for, the announcer for Hunger Games addresses then all]
Effie Trinket: Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Happy Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor. Now, before we begin, we have a very special film brought to you all the way from the Capitol.
[a film showing the how the Hunger Games began begins]


[President Snow narrates the film showing how The Hunger Games began]
President Snow: [voice over] War, terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. The people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost and the traitors were defeated. We swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed, that each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up in tribute, one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The lone victor bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future.


Effie Trinket: Now the time has come for us to select one courageous young man and woman for the honor of representing District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games. As usual, ladies first.
[Effie picks a piece of paper from a large bowl containing all the children’s names, she opens it and reads out the name]
Effie Trinket: Primrose Everdeen. Where are you dear? Well, come on up.
[a scared looking Prim hesitates]
Effie Trinket: Well, come on up!
[Prim walks slowly towards the stage, suddenly Katniss steps out and calls out to Prim]
Katniss Everdeen: Prim! Prim!
[the guards stop Katniss from approaching Prim]
Katniss Everdeen: No! I volunteer! I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!
Effie Trinket: I believe we have a volunteer.


[after volunteering to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games]
Katniss Everdeen: You need to get out of here! You need to get out of here!
Primrose Everdeen: No!
Katniss Everdeen: Go find mom!
Primrose Everdeen: No!
Katniss Everdeen: Prim, go find mom!
Primrose Everdeen: No!
Katniss Everdeen: I’m so sorry!
Primrose Everdeen: No!
Katniss Everdeen: Go find mom!
Primrose Everdeen: No!
[Gale steps out his line and walks up them and takes Prim away as she cries]


[as a nervous and shocked looking Katniss approaches the stage]
Effie Trinket: District 12’s very first volunteer. Come on up. Come on, dear.
[Katniss walks up onto the stage]hunger-games-4
Effie Trinket: What’s your name?
Katniss Everdeen: Katniss Everdeen.
Effie Trinket: Well, I bet my hat that was your sister, wasn’t it?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes.
Effie Trinket: Let’s have a big hand for our very first volunteer, Katniss Everdeen.
[Effie claps but there’s silence from the audience as they hold up their hand in tribute to Katniss]


[after Katniss has been introduced on stage]
Effie Trinket: And now for the boys.
[Effie picks out another paper and reads out the name]
Effie Trinket: Peeta Mellark.
[Peeta walks up and steps onto the stage]
Effie Trinket: Here we are. Our tributes from District 12. Well, come on you two, shake hands.
[Katniss recognizes Peeta and in a flashback, we see Peeta standing outside a bakery when he sees Katniss sitting alone, starving in the rain]
Effie Trinket: Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
[Katniss and Peeta shake hands]


[Katniss is ushered into a room and given 3 minutes to spend with her mother and Prim, who is crying as she hugs Katniss]
Katniss Everdeen: Prim, I don’t have much time. Prim, listen. You’re gonna be okay. Don’t take any extra food from them, it isn’t worth putting in your name more times, okay? Listen, Gale will bring you game, you can sell cheese from your goat.
Primrose Everdeen: Just try to win, if you can.
Katniss Everdeen: Of course. Any maybe I can, I am smart, you know.
Primrose Everdeen: You can hunt.
Katniss Everdeen: Exactly.
[Prim gives Katniss the mockingjay pin Katniss had given to her earlier]
Primrose Everdeen: To protect you.
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you.
[she hugs and kisses Prim]


Katniss Everdeen: You can’t tune out again.
Katniss’ Mother: I won’t.
Katniss Everdeen: No, you can’t. Not like when dad died. I won’t be there anymore, you’re all she has. No matter what you feel, you have to be there for her. Do you understand?
[Katniss’ mother nods with tears in her eyes]
Katniss Everdeen: Don’t cry.
[she hugs her mother]
Katniss Everdeen: Don’t cry. Don’t.
[the guards come into the room and take Katniss’ mother and a crying Prim out of the room]


[Gale comes into the room that Katniss has been put in and he immediately hugs Katniss]
Katniss Everdeen: I’m fine.
Gale Hawthorne: Yeah, I know.
Katniss Everdeen: I am.
Gale Hawthorne: Listen to me, you’re stronger than they are. You are. Get to a bow.
Katniss Everdeen: I may not have a bow…
Gale Hawthorne: You will if you get to show ’em how good you are. They just want a good show, that’s all they want. If they don’t have a bow, then you make one, okay? You know how to hunt.
Katniss Everdeen: Animals.
Gale Hawthorne: There’s no difference, Katniss.
Katniss Everdeen: They’re twenty four of us, Gale, and only one comes out.
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah, and it’s gonna be you.
[a guard comes into the room to get Gale]
Peacekeeper #1: Okay.
Katniss Everdeen: Take care of ’em, Gale. Whatever you do, don’t let them starve!
[Katniss hugs Gale again before the guard ushers Gale out of the room]
Peacekeeper #1: Let’s go.
Gale Hawthorne: I’ll see you soon, okay?
[Gale is taken out of the room]


[as they travel on a very fancy looking train]
Effie Trinket: Two hundred miles per hour and you can barely feel a thing. I think it’s one of the wonderful things about this opportunity, that even though you’re here and even though it’s just for a little while, you get to enjoy all of this.
[Katniss and Peeta just stare at her]
Effie Trinket: I’m going to find Haymitch. He’s probably in the bar car.
[she gets up and leaves]


[after Effie leaves to look for Haymitch]
Peeta Mellark: Have you ever met him? Haymitch?
[Katniss doesn’t reply]
Peeta Mellark: You know, Katniss, he is our mentor. He did win this thing once.
[Katniss continues to ignore Peeta]
Peeta Mellark: Look, you know, if you don’t wanna I understand. But I just don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting a little bit of help.
[Katniss has flashback to when she first saw as she sat starving in the rain, she saw Peeta outside the bakery throwing bread to the pigs nearby]


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