Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Jacqueline Emerson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Dystopian action adventure directed and co-written by Gary Ross based on novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story is set in a dystopian future where each year the Capitol Panem randomly selects one girl and boy from each of its 12 districts to participate in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. When Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) younger sister, Primrose (Willow Shields), is selected as one of the female representatives, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Katniss is joined by her male counterpart Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and the two embark on the trip to Capitol to face off against the other district tributes and each other.
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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 going to 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 got to go.
[she kisses Prim’s forehead]
Primrose Everdeen: Where?
Katniss Everdeen: I just got to 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 going to do with that when you kill it?
Katniss Everdeen: Damn you, Gale! It’s not funny!
Gale Hawthorne: What are you going to do with a hundred pound deer, Katnap? It’s Reaping day, the place is crawling with Peacekeepers.
Katniss Everdeen: I was going to sell it, to Peacekeepers.
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.
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 want to 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]
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 going to 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 them 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 going to be you.
[a guard comes into the room to get Gale]
Peacekeeper #1: Okay.
Katniss Everdeen: Take care of them, 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 want to 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]
[after Haymitch walks into their train cart, looking drunk and helping himself to a drink]
Peeta Mellark: Okay. So, uh, so when do we start?
Haymitch Abernathy: Woh. Woh. You’re so eager. Most of you aren’t in such a hurry.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, I want to know what the plan is. You’re our mentor, you’re supposed to…
Haymitch Abernathy: Mentor?
Peeta Mellark: Yeah. Our mentor, you’re supposed to tell us how to get sponsors and give us advice.
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh. Okay. Um, embrace the probability of your imminent death. And know, in your heart, that there’s nothing I can do to save you.
Katniss Everdeen: So why are you here then?
[holding up his glass of alcohol]
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh, the refreshments.
Peeta Mellark: Okay, I think that’s enough of that.
[Peeta tries to get the drink out of Haymitch hand but Haymitch stops him and holds him with his foot on his chest]
Haymitch Abernathy: You made me spill my drink. It’s a brand new pants. You know, I think I’ll go finish this in my room.
[Haymitch gets up and leaves]
Peeta Mellark: He’s going to come around.
[Peeta gets up to go after Haymitch]
Katniss Everdeen: It’s no use!
Peeta Mellark: I’m going to go talk to him.
[in the morning as they continue to ride on the train, Katniss notices Peeta is talking to Haymitch over breakfast]
Haymitch Abernathy: You’d freeze to death first.
Peeta Mellark: No, cause I’d have a lot of fire.
Haymitch Abernathy: No, that’s a good way to get killed.
[Katniss comes up behind them]
Katniss Everdeen: What’s a good way to get killed?
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh, joy! Why don’t you join us? I was just giving some life saving advice.
Katniss Everdeen: Like what?
Peeta Mellark: Oh, I was just asking about how to find shelter
Haymitch Abernathy: Which would come in handy if in fact you were still alive.
Katniss Everdeen: How do you find shelter?
Haymitch Abernathy: Pass the jam?
[Katniss ignores his request]
Katniss Everdeen: How do you find shelter?
Haymitch Abernathy: Give me a chance to wake up, sweetheart. This mentoring is very taxing stuff.
[he pours alcohol into his coffee]
Haymitch Abernathy: Can you pass the marmalade?
[suddenly in anger, Katniss stabs a knife into the dining table]
Effie Trinket: That is mahogany!
Haymitch Abernathy: Look at you, you just killed a place mat.
Haymitch Abernathy: You really want to know how to stay alive? You get people to like you.
[Katniss looks surprised at his comment]
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh! Not what you were expecting. Well, when you’re in the middle of the games, and you’re starving or freezing, some water, a knife or even some matches can mean the difference between life and death. And those things only come from sponsors, and to get sponsors, you have to make people like you. And right now, sweetheart, you’re not off to a real good start.
[as they enter the Capitol, Peeta gets up and look out the train window]
Peeta Mellark: There it is. It’s huge! It’s incredible.
[as the train is pulling to a stop they see crowd of people waiting outside cheering them, Peeta smiles and waves at them, he turns to Katniss to join him]
Peeta Mellark: Come on! Come on!
[Haymitch turns to Katniss]
Haymitch Abernathy: You better keep this knife, he knows what he’s doing.
[we’re back to the first scene we saw, where the Head Gamemaker is being interviewed in front of a live audience]
Caesar Flickerman: So now that you’ve seen them, what do you think about this year’s crop of recruits? Are there any surprises that we can expect this year?
Seneca Crane: It’s really hard to tell just from a reaping, but I think this is a very interesting mix.
Caesar Flickerman: Yeah.
Seneca Crane: Whenever you have a volunteer from an outlying district, that’s something you, uh, you can’t ignore.
[as Katniss is made to have a makeover, she sees two of the stylist whispering something about her]
Katniss Everdeen: What’s that? What’s that?
Flavius: We’re just saying we might need to hose you down again before we take you to Cinna.
[Katniss meets her personal stylist, Cinna]
Cinna: That was one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen, for your sister. My name is Cinna.
Katniss Everdeen: Katniss.
Cinna: I’m sorry that this happened to you and I’m here to help you in any way that I can.
Katniss Everdeen: Most people just congratulate me.
Cinna: Well, I don’t see the point in that. So tonight they have the tribute parade, they’re going to take you out and show you off to the world.
Katniss Everdeen: So you’re here to make me look pretty?
Cinna: I’m here to help you make an impression. Now usually they dress people in the clothes from their district.
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah, ours was coal miners.
Cinna: Yeah, but I don’t want to do that. I want to do something that they’re going to remember. Did they explain about trying to get sponsors?
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah, but I’m not very good at making friends.
Cinna: We’ll see. I just think somebody that brave shouldn’t be dressed up in some stupid costume now, should they?
Katniss Everdeen: I hope not.
[at the tribute parade, talking into the TV camera, commentating on the parade]
Caesar Flickerman: Over one hundred thousand people craning to get a glimpse at this year’s tributes. And the sponsors get to see the tributes for the first time. The importance of this moment cannot be overstated.
[commentating as the tributes enter the arena on their chariots, each dressed in costumes]
Caesar Flickerman: There they are! There they are!
Claudius Templesmith: This year’s tributes!
Caesar Flickerman: It looks exciting.
Claudius Templesmith: It just gives you goose bumps.
Caesar Flickerman: Don’t you love how the stylists, they so clearly are able to reflect the character of each district?
Claudius Templesmith: Mm.
Caesar Flickerman: Here’s district 4. Yes, the fishing. I get it. I like it.
Claudius Templesmith: That’s very good.
Caesar Flickerman: And behind them, we have two power plant workers. Right?
[they both laugh]
Caesar Flickerman: And then… What is that? In the background?
[we see Katniss and Peeta enter on their chariot, dressed in flame costumes making the crowd cheer louder for them]
[as Peeta grabs hold of Katniss hands and holds up their joined hands in the air]
Caesar Flickerman: Now see that! I love that! Two young people, holding their hands up, saying; ‘I’m proud I come from district 12. We will not be overlooked.’ Now I love that!
Claudius Templesmith: People are sure to be paying attention to them right now.
[the crowd cheers loudly for Peeta and Katniss]
[as the tributes take their place in the arena in front of President Snow]
President Snow: Tributes, we welcome you. We salute the courage and your sacrifice. And we wish you Happy Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
[the crowd cheers]
[backstage after the tributes opening ceremony in the arena]
Cinna: That was amazing!
Effie Trinket: We are all anybody’s going to be talking about!
Haymitch Abernathy: So brave.
Katniss Everdeen: Are you sure you should be near an opening flame?
Haymitch Abernathy: Fake flame. Are you sure you…?
[Haymitch’s eye gets caught by one of the male contenders who’s looking straight at him]
Haymitch Abernathy: Let’s, uh, let’s go upstairs.
[addressing the tributes at their first day of training]
Portia: In two weeks, twenty three of you will be dead, one of you will be alive. Who that is depends on how well you pay attention over the next four days. Particularly to what I’m about to say. First; no fighting with the other tributes, you’ll have plenty of time for that at the arena. There are four compulsory exercises, the rest will be individual training. My advice is don’t ignore the survival skills. Everybody wants to grab a sword, but most of you will die from natural causes, ten percent from infection, twenty percent from dehydration. Exposure can kill as easily as a knife.
[referring to one of the other tributes, Cato, who’d caused a raucous earlier at their training session]
Haymitch Abernathy: He’s a career. You know what that is?
Katniss Everdeen: From district 1.
Haymitch Abernathy: And 2. They train in a special academy until they’re eighteen then they volunteer, by that point, they’re pretty lethal.
Effie Trinket: But they don’t receive any special treatment. In fact, they stay in the exact same apartment as you do. And I don’t think they let them have desert, and you can.
Peeta Mellark: So how good are they?
Haymitch Abernathy: Obviously they’re pretty good. They win it almost every year, but…
Effie Trinket: Almost.
Haymitch Abernathy: They can be arrogant, and arrogance can be a big problem.
Haymitch Abernathy: I hear you can shoot.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m alright.
Peeta Mellark: She’s better than alright, my father buys her squirrels. He says she hits them right in the eye every time.
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta’s strong.
Peeta Mellark: What?
Katniss Everdeen: He can throw a hundred pound of sack of flour right over his head, I’ve seen it.
Peeta Mellark: Okay, well I’m not going to kill anybody with a sack of flour.
Katniss Everdeen: No, but you might have a better chance of winning if somebody comes after you with a knife.
Peeta Mellark: I have no chance of winning! None! Alright? It’s true. Everybody knows it. Do you know what my mother said? She said district 12 might finally have a winner. But she wasn’t talking about me, she was talking about you.
[Katniss looks away from Peeta and the table goes quite]
Peeta Mellark: I’m not very hungry.
[Peeta leaves the table, Katniss has flashback again to when she first saw Peeta outside the bakery, this time we see that after throwing bread to the nearby pigs he sees Katniss and throws some bread towards her]
Katniss Everdeen: I’m done too.
[during training Peeta falls from whilst climbing up some rope, the career tributes laugh at him]
Katniss Everdeen: Throw that metal thing over there.
Peeta Mellark: What? No. Haymitch said we’re not supposed to show our skills.
Katniss Everdeen: I don’t care what Haymitch said. Those guys are looking at you like you’re a meal. Throw it.
[Peeta gets up, picks up one of the metal ball and throws it and the other tributes look at him with respect]
[to Katniss and Peeta]
Haymitch Abernathy: Tomorrow they’ll bring you in one by one, they’ll evaluate you. This is important cause higher ratings will mean sponsors. This is the time to show them everything. They’ll be a bow, make sure you use it. Peeta, you make sure to show your strength. They’ll start with district 1, so the two of you will go last. Well, I don’t know how else to put this. Make sure they remember you.
[referring to how Katniss, during her evaluation after missing her target whilst shooting her bow had then shot her arrow at the sponsors after they ignored her second attempt]
Effie Trinket: Are you crazy?
Katniss Everdeen: I just got mad.
Effie Trinket: Mad? You realize that your actions reflect badly on all of us, not just you!
Cinna: They just want a good show, it’s fine.
Effie Trinket: How about it’s just bad manner, Cinna? How about that?
[as Haymitch walks into the room]
Effie Trinket: Well, finally! I hope you noticed, we have a serious situation.
[Haymitch smiles and shows his thumb up at Katniss and Peeta]
Haymitch Abernathy: Nice shooting, sweetheart. What did they, what did they do when you shot the apple?
Katniss Everdeen: Well they look pretty startled.
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh! Now what did you say? “Thanks for your…”
Katniss Everdeen: Thanks for your consideration.
Haymitch Abernathy: Genius! Genius.
Effie Trinket: I don’t think we’re going to find this funny if the gamemakers decide to take it out…
Haymitch Abernathy: On who? On her? On him? I think they already have. Loosen your corset, have a drink. I would have given anything to see it.
[as they watch the TV for as Flickerman makes the announcement of each tributes rating after their evaluation, they are rated on a scale of 1 to 12]
Caesar Flickerman: Peeta Mellark, score of eight.
Cinna: Excellent. Bravo.
Effie Trinket: We can work with that.
[they watch the TV again as Flickerman is about to announce Katniss’ rating]
Caesar Flickerman: And finally. From district 12, Katniss Everdeen. With a score of eleven.
[everyone is shocked and excited, Peeta looking a bit jealous, turns to Katniss]
Peeta Mellark: Congratulations.
Katniss Everdeen: I thought they hated me.
Haymitch Abernathy: They must have liked your guts.
Cinna: To Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire!
[referring to Katniss’ high rating]
President Snow: An eleven?
Seneca Crane: She earned it.
President Snow: She shot an arrow at your head.
Seneca Crane: Well, at an apple.
President Snow: Near your head. Sit down.
[Seneca sits next to Snow]
President Snow: Seneca, why do you think we have a winner?
Seneca Crane: What do you mean?
President Snow: I mean, why do we have a winner? I mean if we just wanted to intimidate the districts why not round up twenty four at random, and execute them all at one? It would be a lot faster.
[Seneca doesn’t know what to reply and just looks at Snow]
President Snow: Hope.
Seneca Crane: Hope?
President Snow: Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. Spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.
Seneca Crane: So?
President Snow: So, contain it.
Seneca Crane: Right.
[as they are having a celebratory dinner]
Katniss Everdeen: Where’s Peeta?
Haymitch Abernathy: He’s in his room. Now, listen. Tomorrow’s the last day and they let us work with our own tributes right before the game, so you and I will be going down at nine.
Katniss Everdeen: Well what about him?
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh, he says he wants to be training on his own from now on.
Katniss Everdeen: What?
Haymitch Abernathy: This kind of thing does happen at this point. There’s only one winner, right?
[Katniss, looking made up, is backstage waiting to be interviewed on live television by Flickerman]
Katniss Everdeen: I don’t feel amazing.
Cinna: Don’t you know how beautiful you look?
Katniss Everdeen: No! And I don’t know how to make people like me. How do you make people like you?
Cinna: Well you made me like you.
Katniss Everdeen: That’s different, I wasn’t trying.
Cinna: Exactly. Just be yourself, I’ll be there the whole time, and just pretend that you’re talking to me. Okay?
Katniss Everdeen: Okay.
[Katniss waits backstage as she gets introduced by Flickerman]
Caesar Flickerman: From district 12. District 12, you know her as the girl on fire!
[the audience cheers]
Caesar Flickerman: Well, we know her as the lovely Katniss Everdeen!
[the audience cheers again and a very nervous Katniss walks onto the stage and sits next to Flickerman, she’s so nervous that she doesn’t hear Flickerman’s first question]
Katniss Everdeen: What?
Caesar Flickerman: I think someone’s a little nervous.
[the audience laughs]
Caesar Flickerman: I said, that was quite an entrance that you made at the tribute parade the other day. Do you want to tell us about it?
Katniss Everdeen: Well, I was just hoping that I wouldn’t burn to death.
[the audience laughs again]
Caesar Flickerman: When you came out on that chariot, I have to say, my heart stopped.
[turning to the audience]
Caesar Flickerman: Did any of you experience this as well? My heart stopped.
Katniss Everdeen: So did mine.
[the audience laughs at her reply]
Caesar Flickerman: Now, tell me about the flames. Were they real?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes. In fact I’m wearing them today. Would you like to see?
[the audience cheers]
Caesar Flickerman: Wait! Wait! Wait! Is it safe?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes.
Caesar Flickerman: What do you think folks?
[as the audience cheers loudly]
Caesar Flickerman: I think that’s a yes!
[Katniss stands and starts twirling, as she twirls flames come out of the bottom of her dress]
[after Katniss has demonstrated her dress with flames for the audience]
Caesar Flickerman: Katniss, that was something. That was something. Thank you for that. I have one more question for you. It’s about your sister. We were all very moved, I think, when you volunteered for her at the reaping. Did she come and say goodbye to you?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes, she did.
Caesar Flickerman: She did. And what did you say to her, in the end?
Katniss Everdeen: I told her that I would try to win. That I would try to win for her.
Caesar Flickerman: Of course you did. And try you will.
[Flickerman kisser her hand]
Caesar Flickerman: Ladies and gentlemen, from district 12, Katniss Everdeen the girl on fire!
[the audience cheers loudly for her]
[backstage after her interview with Flickerman]
Haymitch Abernathy: Nice job, sweetheart.
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you.
Haymitch Abernathy: Nice dress too.
[he turns to Effie who’s standing next to Katniss]
Katniss Everdeen: Not yours.
[after her interview is over, Katniss watches to Peeta’s interview with Flickerman]
Caesar Flickerman: So, Peeta, tell me. Is there a special girl back home?
Peeta Mellark: No. Not really.
Caesar Flickerman: No! I don’t believe it for a second. Look at that face! A handsome man like you. Peeta, tell me.
Peeta Mellark: Well, there, uh, there is this one girl that I’ve had a crush on forever.
Caesar Flickerman: Ah!
Peeta Mellark: But I don’t think she actually recognized me until the reaping.
Caesar Flickerman: Well, I’ll tell you what, Peeta. You go out there, and you win this thing, and when you get home, she’ll have to go out with you. Right folks?
[the audience cheers and claps]
Peeta Mellark: Thanks. But I, uh, I don’t think winning’s going to help me at all.
Caesar Flickerman: And why not?
Peeta Mellark: Because she came here with me.
Caesar Flickerman: Well, that’s bad luck.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, it is.
Caesar Flickerman: And I wish you all the best of luck.
Peeta Mellark: Thank you.
[as Peeta walks backstage from his interview with Flickerman, suddenly a very angry Katniss grabs hold of him and pushes him against the wall]
Katniss Everdeen: What the hell was that? You don’t talk to me and then you say you have a crush on me? You say you want to train alone? Is that how you want to play? Huh?
[Haymitch pulls her from Peeta]
Haymitch Abernathy: Stop it! Stop it!
Katniss Everdeen: Let’s start, right now!
Haymitch Abernathy: He did you a favor.
Katniss Everdeen: He made me look weak!
Haymitch Abernathy: He made you look desirable. Which in your case can’t hurt, sweetheart.
Cinna: He’s right, Katniss.
Haymitch Abernathy: Of course I’m right! Now I can sell the star crossed lovers from district 12.
Katniss Everdeen: We are not star crossed lovers!
Haymitch Abernathy: It’s a television show. And being in love with that boy might just get you sponsors, which could save your damn life.
[turning to Peeta]
Haymitch Abernathy: Okay. Why don’t you get out of here. Maybe I can deliver you both in one piece tomorrow.
[Peeta, looking upset, walks off]
[on the last night before the game starts, Katniss unable to sleep walks into the living room of their allocated living accommodation and sees Peeta is also awake]
Katniss Everdeen: Can’t sleep?
Peeta Mellark: Of course not.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m sorry I went after you.
Peeta Mellark: You know I meant that as a compliment.
Katniss Everdeen: I know.
[she sits with him and watches out the window as they hear the crowd outside cheer for the tributes]
Katniss Everdeen: Listen to them.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah. I just hope they don’t change me.
Katniss Everdeen: How would they change you?
Peeta Mellark: I don’t know. Turn me into something I’m not. I just don’t want to be another piece in their game, you know?
Katniss Everdeen: You mean you won’t kill anyone?
Peeta Mellark: No. I’m sure I would, just like anybody else when the time came. But, you know, I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don’t own me. You know, If I’m going to die, I want to still be me. Does that make any sense?
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah. I just can’t afford to think like that. I have my sister.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, I know.
[he stares at her for a moment]
Peeta Mellark: I guess I’ll see you tomorrow.
[she smiles at him before replying]
Katniss Everdeen: See you tomorrow.
[Haymitch gives some final words of advice to Katniss just before she’s about to take the flight with the other tributes to begin the game]
Haymitch Abernathy: They’ll put all kinds of stuff right in front, right in the mouth of the Cornucopia. They’ll even be a bow there, don’t go for it.
Katniss Everdeen: Why not?
Haymitch Abernathy: It’s a blood bath, they’re trying to pull you in, that’s not your game. You turn, run, find high ground, look for water. Water’s your new best friend. Now, don’t step off that pedestal early or they’ll blow you sky high.
Katniss Everdeen: I won’t.
[the doors open and they walk through towards the aircraft]
Haymitch Abernathy: You can do this.
Katniss Everdeen: Thanks.
[just before Katniss is about to begin the game, Cinna helps her put it on her Hunger Games suit and shows her where he hid her mockingjay pin on her clothes]
Cinna: I’m not allowed to bet, but if I could I’d bet on you.
[after the games begin, many tributes kill each other right away, Katniss grabs a backpack from the Cornucopia and then runs far from the other tributes and stays up high on a tree; Flickerman does a roundup of the day on his TV show]
Caesar Flickerman: Well, that makes thirteen gone in the first eight hours, and Claudius, I think I see an alliance forming.
[we go back to the game, where Katniss sees that Peeta has formed an alliance with some of the Career Tributes]
[after the trees are burned, Katniss is forced to go on the run and in the process injures herself, the group spot her and chase her, forcing her to climb a tree, Cato tries to climb the tree but fails and tries killing her by shooting arrows at her, Peeta speaks up at this point]
Peeta Mellark: Let’s just wait her out. She got to come down at some point, it’s that or starve to death. Let’s kill her then.
Cato: Okay. Somebody make a fire.
[as Haymitch watches all this, he helps Katniss but getting sponsors to send Katniss medication for her wounds]
[the next morning, Katniss wakes to find Rue, another tribute, gaining her attention from another tree, she points to a tracker jacker nest nearby and indicates she should cut it and drop on the other tributes below; on his TV show Flickerman commentates on this]
Caesar Flickerman: Claudius, I think those are tracker jackers. Am I wrong?
Claudius Templesmith: Oh, those things are very lethal.
Caesar Flickerman: Very. For those of you who don’t know, tracker jackers are genetically engineered wasps, who’s venom causes searing pain, powerful hallucinations, and in extreme cases, death.
[Katniss cuts the nest and gets stung in the process, the nest falls on the sleeping group, killing one girl tribute and the others run away, Katniss takes this opportunity to take the dead girl’s bow and arrow]
[as Katniss was also stung by the tracker jackers, she starts to hallucinate and passes out, she wakes up to find leaves on her stings and sees that Rue has been caring for her]
Katniss Everdeen: How long was I asleep?
Rue: Couple of days. I changed your leaves twice.
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you. So what happened while I was out?
Rue: The girl from 1 and the boy from 10.
Katniss Everdeen: And the, uh, and the boy from my district?
Rue: Yeah, he’s okay. I think he’s down by the river.
[Katniss looks relieved]
Rue: Is all of that true?
Katniss Everdeen: What?
Rue: You and him?
Katniss Everdeen: So where are Cato and the others?
Rue: They got all their supplies down by the lake, piled up in this great big pyramid.
Katniss Everdeen: That sounds tempting.
[Rue and Katniss form a plan to destroy the other tributes supplies]
Katniss Everdeen: Now this green stuff is going to smoke like crazy, so soon as you light it, move on to the next fire. Light this one last and I’ll meet you back over there.
Katniss Everdeen: And then, I’ll destroy their stuff while they’re chasing you.
Rue: We need a signal, in case one of us gets held up.
Katniss Everdeen: Okay. Like what?
Rue: Here, watch this.
[she looks at Katniss’ mockingjay pin and then sings a tune, we hear the birds in the trees sing back the same tune]
Katniss Everdeen: Mockingjays. That’s great.
Rue: Back home we use them to signal all the time. You try.
[Katniss whistles a tune and the mockingjay birds sing the same tune back]
Rue: Okay. So, if we hear that it means we’re okay and we’ll be back real soon.
Katniss Everdeen: We’re going to be okay.
[Rue hugs Katniss tightly]
Katniss Everdeen: Hey, I’ll see you for supper.
[the two go off in different directions]
[commentating as they watch Katniss looking at the pile of supplies left by the other tributes, who are now in pursuit of Rue after she’s been lighting the fires nearby]
Caesar Flickerman: I want to see if she is going to figure out this booby trap.
Claudius Templesmith: Yes, it seems they’ve reburied their mines around that big pile of goodies.
[Katniss shoots an arrow at one of the sack of supplies, releasing the items which fall to the ground and set off the booby traps]
[after blowing up the Career Tributes’ stockpile, Katniss finds Rue in a trap, as she helps her to get free one of the boy tributes throws a spear which hits Rue in the chest, Katniss quickly kills the boy tribute with an arrow and tries to comfort the dying Rue in her arms]
Katniss Everdeen: It’s okay. You’re okay. You’re okay. You’re okay.
Rue: Did you blow up the food?
Katniss Everdeen: Every bit of it.
Rue: Good. You have to win.
[Katniss looks up at the dead tribute boy who had shot the spear at Rue]
Rue: Can you sing?
Katniss Everdeen: Okay.
[Katniss holds the dying Rue and starts crying and sings to her in her last moments, after Rue dies Katniss covers her body with flowers and gives a special salute to district 11, Rue’s district]
[after Rue’s death and Katniss’ reaction to her death, there is a rebellious uprising in district 11; which is causing Seneca to consider killing Katniss off the show]
Haymitch Abernathy: Don’t kill her. You’d just create a martyr.
Seneca Crane: Well it seems we’ve already got one.
Haymitch Abernathy: I hear these rumors out of district 11, this could get away from you.
Seneca Crane: What do you want?
Haymitch Abernathy: You have a lot of anger out there. I know you know how to handle a mob, you’ve done it before. If you can’t scare them, give them something to root for.
Seneca Crane: Such as?
Haymitch Abernathy: Young love.
[Seneca takes Haymitch’s proposal to create a love story between Katniss and Peeta to Snow]
President Snow: So you like an underdog?
Seneca Crane: Everyone likes an underdog.
President Snow: I don’t. Have you been out there, 10, 11, 12?
Seneca Crane: Un, not personally, no.
President Snow: Well I have. There are lots of underdogs. Lots of coal too, crops, minerals, things we need. There are lots of underdogs, and I think if you could see them, you would not root for the martyr. I like you. Be careful.
[during the game, Katniss hears the following announcement being made to all tributes]
Voice of Announcer: Attention tributes. Attention. The regulations acquiring a single victor has been suspended. From now on, two victors may be crowned if both originate from the same district. This will be the only announcement.
[after hearing the announcement, Katniss finds a wounded Peeta, disguised in the muddy landscape, Katniss looks at his leg wound]
Katniss Everdeen: What was it?
Peeta Mellark: A sword. It’s bad, huh?
Katniss Everdeen: It’s going to be fine.
[Katniss tries to tend to his wound]
Peeta Mellark: Katniss.
[Katniss doesn’t reply and just tends to his wound]
Peeta Mellark: Katniss.
Katniss Everdeen: No! I’m not going to leave you. I’m not going to do that.
Peeta Mellark: Why not?
[Katniss takes Peeta to a cave]
Katniss Everdeen: Nobody’s going to find you in here.
Peeta Mellark: They already found me.
Katniss Everdeen: We’ll just get you some medicine.
Peeta Mellark: I’m not going to get many parachutes.
Katniss Everdeen: We’ll figure something out.
Peeta Mellark: Like what?
Katniss Everdeen: Something.
[she kisses Peeta on the cheek]
[after finding another sponsor gift containing soup for Peeta and note from Haymitch encouraging Katniss, Katniss feeds the soup to Peeta]
Peeta Mellark: That’s nice.
Katniss Everdeen: Well, you fed me once.
Peeta Mellark: I think about that all the time. How I tossed you that bread.
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta!
Peeta Mellark: I should have gone to you, I should have just gone out in the rain and…
Katniss Everdeen: Ssh. Ssh.
[she touches his face]
Katniss Everdeen: You feel hot.
Peeta Mellark: I remember the first time I saw you. Your hair was in two braids instead of one. And I remember when you, you sang in music assembly, the teacher said; who knows The Valley song? And your hand shot straight up.
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta, stop.
Peeta Mellark: After that, I watched you going home every day. Every day.
[Katniss looks away for a moment]
Peeta Mellark: Well, say something.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m not good at saying something.
Peeta Mellark: Then come here. Please.
[she lies down next to him and he puts his arm around her]
Peeta Mellark: Even if I don’t make it…
Katniss Everdeen: Ssh!
[as the gamemakers decide to make another announcement]
Voice of Announcer: Attention, tributes. Attention. Commencing at sunrise, there will be a feast tomorrow at the Cornucopia. This will be no ordinary occasion, each of you need something desperately and we plan to be generous hosts.
Katniss Everdeen: Your medicine.
Peeta Mellark: You’re not going alone.
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah, you need it and you can’t walk.
Peeta Mellark: Katniss, you’re not going to risk your life for me. I’m not going to let you!
Katniss Everdeen: You would do it for me. Wouldn’t you?
Peeta Mellark: Why are you doing this?
[Katniss kisses Peeta, back at district 12 Gale sees this and looks upset]
Peeta Mellark: Now there’s no way I’m letting you go.
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta.
Peeta Mellark: Please. Stay.
Katniss Everdeen: Okay. I’ll stay.
[she lies back in his arms again]
[seeing Peeta has got fever from infection of his wound, Katniss decides to go out to the feast at the Cornucopia to get his medicine, but as she’s about to grab the medicine she gets caught by Clove who holds her at knife point]
Clove: Where’s lover boy? Oh, I see. You were going to help him. Well that’s sweet! Well, it’s too bad that you couldn’t help your little friend. That little girl, what was her name again? Rue? Yeah, well we killed her. And now, we’re going to kill you.
[as Clove is about to kill Katniss, suddenly Thresh, from district 11, grabs Clove]
Thresh: You kill her?
Thresh: I heard you!
Thresh: You said her name!
Thresh: You said her name!
[Katniss watches in shock as Thresh kills Clove, Thresh then turns to Katniss]
Thresh: Just this time 12! For Rue.
[Thresh leaves and Katniss quickly grabs the medicine and runs]
[Katniss runs back to the cave where she left Peeta]
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta, I got it. I got the medicine.
Peeta Mellark: What happened to you?
Katniss Everdeen: Nothing.
Peeta Mellark: No, you’re not. What happened?
Katniss Everdeen: The girl from 2, she threw a knife, but I’m okay.
Peeta Mellark: You shouldn’t have gone, you said you weren’t going to go.
Katniss Everdeen: You got worse.
[she puts the medicine on Peeta’s wound]
Peeta Mellark: You need some of that too.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m okay.
Peeta Mellark: That feels better. Okay, now you.
Katniss Everdeen: I’m okay.
Peeta Mellark: No, come on. You need it too. Come on.
Katniss Everdeen: Alright.
[Peeta puts the medicine on her face, and everyone watches the touching scene between them]
[the next morning they wake up to find the wound on Katniss’ face is gone, Katniss looks at Peeta’s wound and sees that it’s almost totally healed]
Katniss Everdeen: Oh, my God, Peeta!
Peeta Mellark: I can hardly feel anything.
Katniss Everdeen: We could go home. We could. We’re the only team left.
Peeta Mellark: We could go home.
[they both laugh and hug each other]
[as they head off out of the cave]
Peeta Mellark: We know Thresh took off. Cato’s going to be by the Cornucopia, he’s not going to go someplace he doesn’t know. Fox Face, she could be anywhere.
Katniss Everdeen: We should probably hunt around here. We don’t have any food left.
Peeta Mellark: Okay. Uh, I’ll take the bow
[Katniss looks surprised at his comment]
Peeta Mellark: I’m just kidding. I’ll locate some stuff.
[as Katniss is hunting, she hears a cannon go off and frantically looks for Peeta, as she calls out to him, Peeta suddenly he runs into her]
Peeta Mellark: You okay?
Katniss Everdeen: I heard the cannon!
[she sees that Peeta has been collecting nightlock berries, which are poisonous]
Katniss Everdeen: That’s nightlock, Peeta!
[she knocks the berries out of his hand]
Katniss Everdeen: You’d be dead in a minute!
Peeta Mellark: I didn’t know.
Katniss Everdeen: You scared me to death. Damn you!
[she starts to cry and hugs him tightly]
Peeta Mellark: I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
[they find Fox Face dead after eating the nightlock berries that Peeta had collected]
Peeta Mellark: I never even knew she was following me.
Katniss Everdeen: She was clever.
Peeta Mellark: Too clever.
[Katniss takes the remaining nightlock berries form]
Peeta Mellark: What are you doing?
Katniss Everdeen: Maybe Cato likes berries too.
[as they walk in through the jungle it starts to get dark]
Peeta Mellark: What time is it?
Katniss Everdeen: A little after noon.
Peeta Mellark: Why is it getting so dark?
Katniss Everdeen: They must be in a hurry to end it.
[after Cato kills Thresh, to make the finale exciting, Seneca puts ferocious dogs in the arena, this forces Katniss, Peeta and Cato to run towards the Cornucopia, but Cato grabs Peeta in a headlock and Katniss poises her arrow ready to shoot]
Cato: Go on, shoot. And we’d both go down and you’d win.
Cato: Go on. I’m dead anyway! I always was, right? I didn’t know that until now. Isn’t that what they want, huh?
[Katniss gets ready to shoot but Cato holds Peeta tighter]
Cato: No! I can still do this. I can still do this. One more kill. It’s the only thing I know how to do. Bring pride to my district. Not that it matters.
[at that moment Peeta mouths to Katniss to shoot and Peeta springs out of his grasp, Cato falls off the Cornucopia and the dogs start to devour him, in an act of mercy Katniss shoots Cato]
[believing that they have won, Katniss and Peeta hug and the arena is turned to day again, they wait for confirmation and an announcement is made again]
Voice of Announcer: Attention. Attention, tributes. There’s been a slight rule change. The previous revision allowing for two victories from the same district has been revoked. Only one victor may be crowned. Good luck. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
[on hearing this Katniss and Peeta look at each other]
Peeta Mellark: Go ahead. One of us should go home. One of has to die, they have to have their victor.
Katniss Everdeen: No.
[she throws her bow and arrow down and walks towards Peeta]
Katniss Everdeen: They don’t. Why should they?
[she takes out the nightlock berries she’d taken from Fox Face’s hand earlier]
Peeta Mellark: No!
Katniss Everdeen: Trust me. Trust me.
[she gives Peeta half of the berries]
Peeta Mellark: Together?
Katniss Everdeen: Together.
Peeta Mellark: Okay. One.
Katniss Everdeen: Two.
Peeta Mellark: Three.
[just as they are about to eat the berries the voice of the announcer stops them]
Voice of Announcer: Stop! Stop! Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the winners of the 74th annual Hunger Games.
[on hearing this Katniss hugs Peeta]
[after returning to the Capitol, Haymitch warns Katniss]
Haymitch Abernathy: They’re not happy with you.
Katniss Everdeen: Why? Because I didn’t die?
Haymitch Abernathy: Because you showed them up.
Katniss Everdeen: Well, I’m sorry it didn’t go the way they planned. You know, I’m not very happy with them either.
Haymitch Abernathy: Katniss, this is serious. Not just for you. They don’t take these things lightly.
[Haymitch instructs Katniss as she and Peeta are to be interviewed by Flickerman]
Haymitch Abernathy: When they ask, you say you couldn’t help yourself. You are so in love with this boy that the thought of not being with him was unthinkable. You’d rather die than not be with him. You understand?
[Flickerman interviews Katniss and Peeta]
Caesar Flickerman: How did you feel when you found him by that river?
Katniss Everdeen: I felt like the happiest person in the world. I couldn’t imagine life without him.
[she turns to look at Peeta sat next to her and Peeta takes her hand]
Caesar Flickerman: And what about you, Peeta?
Peeta Mellark: She saved my life.
Katniss Everdeen: We saved each other.
[the audience sighs]
Caesar Flickerman: Ladies and gentlemen, the start crossed lovers, from district 12. This year’s victors, of the 74th annual Hunger Games!
[the audience cheers for them]
[at the victors crowning ceremony, President snow places the crown on Katniss]
President Snow: Congratulations.
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you.
[Snow glances down and notices Katniss’ mockingjay pin on her dress]
President Snow: What a lovely pin.
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you. It’s from my district.
President Snow: They must be very proud of you.
[last lines; as Katniss and Peeta take the train back to district 12]
Peeta Mellark: So what happens when we get back?
Katniss Everdeen: I don’t know. I guess we try to forget.
Peeta Mellark: I don’t want to forget.
[at district 12 they are greeted by a cheering crowd, Katniss spots Gale with Prim on his shoulders and smiles at him, Peeta sees this and takes her hand and holds it up making the crowd cheer louder, Snow watches this from the Capitol with disapproval and walks off]
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