The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Quotes - Solid Prelude(Total Quotes: 92)
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Suzanne Collins (novel & adaptation)
Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson – Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth – Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson – Haymitch Abernathy
Donald Sutherland – President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Plutarch Heavensbee
Julianne Moore – President Alma Coin
Willow Shields – Primrose Everdeen
Sam Claflin – Finnick Odair
Elizabeth Banks – Effie Trinket
Mahershala Ali – Boggs
Jena Malone – Johanna Mason
Jeffrey Wright – Beetee
Paula Malcomson – Katniss’ Mother
Stanley Tucci – Caesar Flickerman
Natalie Dormer – Cressida
Evan Ross – Messalla
Elden Henson – Pollux
Wes Chatham – Castor
Sarita Choudhury – Egeria
Stef Dawson – Annie Cresta
Patina Miller – Commander Paylor
Robert Knepper – Antonius
OUR REVIEW & RATING ★★★½
There’s no point in debating whether this story needed to be split into two films as we can all guess that the reason for this was purely a business one, so with that in mind Mockingjay Part 1 quotes are definitely the filler to for the grand finale which concentrates more on the character arcs than action.
The story picks up right after the events of the last film; we see Katniss not adapting well to life in District 13 with the other rebels and having a hard time letting go of fact that Peeta was taken by the Capitol. Due to her self-doubt and loss of Peeta she begins to suffer a mental breakdown, but when the leader of the rebellion, President Coin, asks her to join their movement and become their symbol, the “Mockingjay,” Katniss reluctantly agrees to help their cause and ensure Peeta’s safety. However, as the revolution begins Katniss soon discovers that President Snow will use every weapon at his disposal to maintain control of Capitol and the Districts.
The narrative in this story is much darker and deeper than the previous films laying a solid foundation for Part 2 but it suffers from the fact that it’s a middle ground story with limited and underwhelming actions scenes, instead it heavily features character development and interactions showing the depiction of revolution through quiet and subtle direction. Personally this didn’t diminish the movie but for the casual viewer it could be a huge drawback.
Jennifer Lawrence continues her strong performance of her complex and emotional character (and who knew Jennifer could sing?!). The rest of the returning ensemble cast are given more of a chance to shine including the newcomers, but especially Julian Moore as the famed Capitol rebel leader, President Coin, who has more of a clever layered character.
Verdict: It may not be as slick as its predecessor but it’s still a solid turn out with an effective build up for the finale.
[first lines; Katniss is huddled in a corner muttering to herself]
Katniss Everdeen: Start simple. Start with what you know is the truth. My name is Katniss Everdeen. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. Peeta…Peeta was left behind.
[Katniss is interrupted as she’s been found hiding]
District 13 Citizen: Miss Everdeen? You can’t be here. I had a nightmare, just five more minutes.
District 13 Citizen: You need to sleep. We can help you sleep.
Katniss Everdeen: Just five more minutes.
they come to get her
Katniss Everdeen: No. No, please, don’t. It’s just five more…
[Katniss is grabbed by her arms]
Katniss Everdeen: Don’t touch me! Don’t! No! No! Get off of me!
[Katniss is taken back to her hospital room where she’s lying in bed, she hears someone sobbing, she leaves her room to investigate and finds it’s Finnick crying]
Katniss Everdeen: Finnick.
Finnick Odair: I wanted to go back for Peeta and Johanna, but I, uh…I couldn’t move.
[he looks a Katniss]
Finnick Odair: They have Annie, too. They took her. She’s, uh…she’s in the Capitol. I wish she was dead. I wish they were all dead and we were too.
[tears start rolling down Katniss’ face]
[Prim is brushing Katniss’ hair when Colonel Boggs enters the room]
Boggs: Miss Everdeen, Colonel Boggs, District 13’s head of security. I know you’ve been discharged, but President Coin’s requested to meet with you first.
Katniss Everdeen: Is there any news?
Boggs: I’m just here to escort you.
[as Boggs escorts Katniss they step into the elevator and make their way down]
Katniss Everdeen: We were always told there was nothing left of 13.
Boggs: Capitol bombed the surface to rubble. But we’re military, so we learned to survive down here. Preparing and training. The war never stopped for us.
[he escorts Katniss to a room where she finds Beetee, Plutarch Heavensbee and District 13’s President Alma Coin]
Plutarch Heavensbee: There she is, our Girl on Fire. Madam President, may I present you with The Mockingjay.
President Alma Coin: What an honor it is to meet you.
[Coin shakes Katniss’ hand]
President Alma Coin: You’re a courageous young woman. I know how disorienting this must be. And I can’t imagine what it’s like to live through the atrocities of those Games.
Katniss Everdeen: Katniss, President Alma Coin.
President Alma Coin: Please know how welcome you are. I hope you’ll find some comfort with us. We’ve known loss in 13, too.
Beetee: This is history. Right here at this table.
President Alma Coin: I apologize. I wish you had more time to recover, but unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. Please, have a seat.
[Katniss takes the seat next to Coin at the conference table]
President Alma Coin: Are you aware of what’s happened? When you fired your arrow at the force field you electrified the nation. There have been riots and uprisings and strikes in seven districts. We believe that if we keep this energy going we can unify the districts against the Capitol. But if we don’t, if we let it dissipate, we could be waiting another seventy-five years for this opportunity. Everyone in 13 is ready for this.
Katniss Everdeen: What about Peeta? Is he alive?
Plutarch Heavensbee: I don’t know. And I wish that I did. But there’s no way for me to contact my operatives inside the Capitol.
Beetee: The Capitol has always suppressed communication between the districts. But I know their system very well. I managed to break through. All we need now is the perfect message.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Katniss, here’s what we need to do. We need to show them that The Mockingjay’s alive and well and willing to stand up and join this fight. Cause we need every district to stand up to this Capitol. The way you did. So we’re gonna shoot a series of propaganda clips, propos, I like to call them, on The Mockingjay. Spreads the word that we’re gonna stoke the fire of this rebellion. The fire that The Mockingjay started.
Katniss Everdeen: You left him there. You left Peeta in that arena to die.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Katniss, there are so many…
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta was the one who was supposed to live!
President Alma Coin: Miss Everdeen, this revolution is about everyone. It’s about all of us. And we need a voice.
Katniss Everdeen: Then you should’ve saved Peeta.
[Katniss gets up and walks out of the room escorted by Boggs]
President Alma Coin: Maybe you should have rescued the boy instead.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Oh, no. No, no, listen to me. No one else can do this but her.
President Alma Coin: This is not the girl you described.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Well obviously, we need to make it personal. Remind her who the real enemy is.
President Alma Coin: She knows who the enemy is, that’s not the issue.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Unless she’s forgotten. There’s explaining and there’s showing. Let her see what the Capitol did to 12.
President Alma Coin: She can’t handle it. The Games destroyed her.
Plutarch Heavensbee: This is the only choice you have. People don’t always show up the way you want them to, Madam President. But that anger, that anger-driven defiance, that’s what we want. And we can redirect it. We need to unite these people out there that have been doing nothing but killing each other in an arena for years. We have to have a lightning rod. They’ll follow her. She’s the face of the revolution. Let her see it. Let her go home.
President Alma Coin: Send her.
[as Boggs takes Katniss to the aircraft that is to take her to District 12 Katniss sees Gale standing by the aircraft, she runs over to him and embraces him]
Gale Hawthorne: I can’t believe you’re going through with this. You can say no.
Katniss Everdeen: I need to see it for myself.
Boggs: This way.
[Katniss and Gale enter the aircraft and it takes off; they land in District 12]
Gale Hawthorne: 13 swept everything, top to bottom so you’d be safe. You sure you don’t want me to go with you?
Katniss Everdeen: Yeah. I’m sure.
Gale Hawthorne: We’ll have our eyes on you from above.
[Katniss steps off the aircraft and looks around to find District 12 is mostly ruins and rubble, she walks around and breaks down when she finds bones and human remains; she then goes to her house, grabs her jacket and as she starts to collect some herb bottles Prim’s cat, Buttercup, gives her a scare]
Katniss Everdeen: Figures.
[she goes to grab Buttercup]
Katniss Everdeen: Hey! Come on. Don’t you wanna see Prim?
[she puts Buttercup in her bag as he whimpers]
Katniss Everdeen: There you go. Oh, you’re breaking my heart.
[she goes to the office room, picks up the photo of her dad and puts in her bag when Buttercup whimpers again]
Katniss Everdeen: Shh.
[Katniss then notices a vase with wilted white roses, except for one that’s still blooming and realizes it must have been placed there by the Capitol]
[President Snow is getting a razor cut as he goes over his speech to the districts when his servant accidentally cuts his face]
President Snow: Egeria!
[Egeria enters the room]
President Snow: We need to fix these lines. I won’t say “rebels.” These are senseless acts of defiance, and I won’t legitimize them.
Egeria: We’ll call them…”criminals.”
President Snow: Hm.
President Snow: Hm. Otherwise we’re breaking my oldest rule. Never let them see you bleed.
[sitting behind his desk, Snow gives his televises speech to the districts who all watch on massive screens]
President Snow: Citizens, tonight I address all of Panem as one. Since the Dark Days, Panem has had an unprecedented era of peace. It is a peace built upon cooperation and a respect for law and order. In the past weeks you have heard of sporadic violence following the actions of a few radicals in the Quarter Quell. Those who choose this destructive path, your actions are based on a misunderstanding of how we have survived, together. It is a contract. Each district supplies the Capitol, like blood to a heart. In return, the Capitol provides order and security. To refuse work is to put the entire system in danger. The Capitol is the beating heart of Panem. Nothing can survive without a heart.
[the Peacekeepers in each district bring forward a number of rebels]
President Snow: The criminals that kneel before you use symbols for the purpose of sedition, which is why all images of The Mockingjay are now forbidden. Possessing them will be considered treason. Punishable by death. Justice shall be served swiftly. Order shall be restored. To those who ignore the warnings of history…
[the Peacekeepers execute the rebels by shooting them in the back of the head]
President Snow: …prepare to pay the ultimate price.
[Katniss returns to her apartment in District 13 to find Prim and their mother]
Katniss’ Mother: It’s okay. We’re okay.
[she embraces Katniss]
Katniss’ Mother: We’re all here now.
[Primrose hears Buttercup in Katniss’ bag]
Primrose Everdeen: Buttercup!
[she goes over and picks him out of the bag]
Katniss Everdeen: I smuggled him in. I got Dad.
[she takes out the photo and hands it to her mother]
Katniss Everdeen: And I got some of your herbs from the kitchen.
Katniss’ Mother: They have strict rules. I don’t know what they’ll do if they find him here.
[citizens of District 13 are having a meal in a large dining area, Katniss is sat next to Gale in deep thought not eating]
Gale Hawthorne: You should try eat something.
[Katniss just looks down at her food, just then a video from Caesar Flickerman starts to play]
Caesar Flickerman: Hello. Good evening, and a big welcome to all in Panem. I’m Caesar Flickerman. And whoever you are, whatever it is you’re doing, if you’re working, put down your work. If you’re having dinner, stop having dinner. Because you are going to want to witness this tonight. There has been rampant speculation about what really happened
in the Quarter Quell. And here to shed a little light on the subject for us is a very special guest. Please welcome Mr. Peeta Mellark.
[Peeta, looking healthy and well dressed is sat next to Flickerman, Katniss rises in shock]
Caesar Flickerman: Peeta, a lot of people feel as though they are in the dark.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, Yeah. I know how they feel.
Caesar Flickerman: Now, so set the stage for us. Talk us through what really happened on that final and controversial night.
[Katniss walks closer to the TV monitor to watch]
Peeta Mellark: Well, first off, you have to…you have to understand that when you’re in the Games you only get one wish. It’s very costly.
[whispering to herself as she watches in shock]
Katniss Everdeen: You’re alive.
Caesar Flickerman: It costs your life.
Peeta Mellark: I think it costs more than your life.
Caesar Flickerman: How do you mean? What’s more than your life?
Peeta Mellark: I mean to…to murder innocent people.
Caesar Flickerman: Aah.
Peeta Mellark: Now that costs everything that you are.
Caesar Flickerman: Yes. Yes.
Peeta Mellark: So you…you hold on to that one wish, and that night my wish was to save Katniss.
Caesar Flickerman: Yes.
Peeta Mellark: You know, I should’ve just run off with her, earlier in the day like she’d wanted.
Caesar Flickerman: But you didn’t.
Peeta Mellark: No.
Caesar Flickerman: Why? Were you caught up in Beetee’s plan?
Peeta Mellark: No, I was…was caught up trying to play allies. And then they separated us and…that’s when I lost her. And then the lightning hit, and uh…and the whole force field around the arena just blew out.
Caesar Flickerman: Yes, but, Peeta, Katniss is the one who blew it out.
Peeta Mellark: No.
Caesar Flickerman: You saw the footage.
Peeta Mellark: No, she…she didn’t know what she was doing. Neither of us knew there was a bigger plan going on, we had no idea.
Caesar Flickerman: You had no idea?
Peeta Mellark: No.
Caesar Flickerman: Alright. Well, Peeta, there are many who find this suspicious to say the least.
Peeta Mellark: Mm-hmm.
Caesar Flickerman: It seems as though she was part of a rebel plan.
Peeta Mellark: What, do you think it was part of her plan to be almost killed by Johanna? Or part of the plan to be paralyzed by lightning? No, we…we were not part of any rebel plan. We had no idea what was going on.
Caesar Flickerman: Alright. I believe you, Peeta Mellark. Thank you.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah.
Caesar Flickerman: Now I was going to ask you to speak about the unrest, but I think you might be too upset.
Peeta Mellark: No. No, I can.
Caesar Flickerman: Are you sure?
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, absolutely.
Caesar Flickerman: Thank you.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah.
[Katniss continues to watch as Peeta looks into the camera]
Peeta Mellark: I want everyone who’s watching to stop and to think about what a civil war could mean. We almost went extinct once before, and now our numbers are even fewer.
[the crowd watching in District 13 starts mumbling in shock at Peeta’s words]
District 13 Citizen #1: He’s one of them.
Peeta Mellark: Is this really what we want to do? Kill ourselves off? Killing is not the answer.
District 13 Citizen #2: I can’t believe he’s doing this.
Peeta Mellark: Everyone needs to lay down their weapons immediately.
District 13 Citizen #3: Traitor!
Peeta Mellark: For all of us.
District 13 Citizen #4: He’s not one of us!
District 13 Citizen #5: This is treason!
Caesar Flickerman: Are you calling for a ceasefire?
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, I am.
[the crowd watching continue yelling and shouting at Peeta]
District 13 Citizen #6: You’re a puppet!
District 13 Citizen #7: Hang him!
Peeta Mellark: I want everyone to stop the senseless violence. This is not the path to change.
District 13 Citizen #8: Traitor!
Peeta Mellark: It’s not the path to justice.
[Katniss is sat in her apartment when Gale walks in and sits beside her]
Katniss Everdeen: There can’t be a ceasefire, not after everything Snow’s done.
Gale Hawthorne: He could have done a lot of damage tonight. Most districts people are still too afraid to join, they need the courage.
Katniss Everdeen: Why do you think he said that?
Gale Hawthorne: I don’t know, maybe he was forced.
[he pauses a moment]
Gale Hawthorne: He didn’t look that bad. Maybe he made some kind of deal to protect you.
Katniss Everdeen: He’s still playing the game.
[Katniss wakes up from a nightmare yelling, suddenly Peeta rushes in from the next room]
Katniss Everdeen: I’m sorry. It’s just a nightmare.
Peeta Mellark: That’s okay, I get ’em, too.
[Peeta turns to leave]
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta.
[he looks back at her]
Katniss Everdeen: Will you stay with me?
Peeta Mellark: Yeah.
[he walks over to Katniss, gets in bed next to her and puts his arms around her holding her]
Peeta Mellark: Always.
[just then Katniss wakes up to find she was just dreaming about Peeta]
Primrose Everdeen: Hey. Can’t sleep?
[Katniss shakes her head, Primrose gets into bed next to Katniss]
Primrose Everdeen: Tell me what’s happening. I’m good at keeping secrets, even from Mom.
Katniss Everdeen: No one hates the Capitol more than me, and I want to help, but I just keep thinking, even if we win this war, what happens to Peeta? And I know he’s not safe there, but he’s definitely not safe here.
Primrose Everdeen: I don’t think you know how important you are to them. If you want something, you just have to ask. You could demand almost anything, they’d have to agree to it.
Katniss Everdeen: I should wake you up more often, Little Duck.
Primrose Everdeen: Get some sleep now.
[Katniss nods her head]
Katniss Everdeen: You, too.
[Katniss meets with Coin and Heavensbee]
Katniss Everdeen: Thank you for agreeing to meet with me. I’ve decided I’ll be your Mockingjay, but I have some conditions.
[she takes out a piece of paper and starts reading off her conditions]
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta and the other Tributes, Johanna Mason and Annie Cresta, will be rescued at the earliest opportunity. If and when Peeta is liberated, he will receive a full and unconditional pardon. No punishment will be inflicted. And the same goes for the other Tributes.
[Coin and Heavensbee look at her for a moment]
President Alma Coin: No.
Katniss Everdeen: It’s not their fault you abandoned them in the arena. They’re doing and saying whatever they can to survive.
President Alma Coin: Individuals don’t make demands in 13. There will be a tribunal and a fair judgment. Thank you.
Katniss Everdeen: The Victors will be granted immunity and you will announce that in front of the entire population of 13. You will hold yourself and your government responsible or you will find another Mockingjay.
[to Coin pointing to Katniss]
Plutarch Heavensbee: That’s it. That’s her. Right there. Isn’t that who I promised you? Now if she wears the costume, gunfire in the background, a hint of smoke: Our Mockingjay.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Madam President, we’re losing ground because the people are losing heart. This is worth the risk. She’s worth the risk. Pardons, tribunals, power of the people, it can all be the bedrock of the new Panem. But in wartime I think even the noblest of causes can be bent a little bit. Right?
President Alma Coin: Do you have any other conditions?
[Katniss looks down at her piece of paper]
Katniss Everdeen: My sister gets to keep her cat.
[Heavensbee knocks on Effie Trinket’s apartment door and opens it]
Effie Trinket: Go away.
[she turns to look at Heavensbee]
Effie Trinket: Is it visiting hours again?
[Heavensbee enters and closes the door]
Plutarch Heavensbee: Miss Trinket, you see this door. It opens, from the inside. I’ve told you, these are the standard living quarters. Same as everyone. You’re not a prisoner, you’re free to join the rest of 13.
Effie Trinket: Not looking like this. Thank you very much.
Plutarch Heavensbee: We have a bigger issue than wardrobe, Miss Trinket. Katniss has agreed to be The Mockingjay.
Effie Trinket: That poor thing.
Plutarch Heavensbee: And your Girl on Fire is burnt out. I need you to join this team now. I need someone she trusts.
Effie Trinket: What about Haymitch?
Plutarch Heavensbee: He’s drying out in some facility a mile down.
Effie Trinket: Aiding rebels is not really my forte.
Plutarch Heavensbee: Miss Trinket, your days in the Capitol are over, no matter what happens here. If you wanna play a prisoner of war, fine. Stay here and rot. I’ll find someone else to be The Mockingjay’s escort.
[Heavensbee opens the door to leave]
Effie Trinket: Who?
Plutarch Heavensbee: Anyone can be replaced.
Effie Trinket: Not your Mockingjay. There isn’t a soul in this dungeon who knows the first thing about Katniss. You honestly believe one of these cave dwellers is going to take my place? No.
[Heavensbee smiles and nods his head]
[everyone on District 13 gathers to hear Coin give a speech]
President Alma Coin: Good afternoon. Thank you for interrupting your schedules. They have already been adjusted to compensate for the delay.
[whispering to Primrose as they listen to Coin]
Katniss Everdeen: I hardly ever see children around here.
President Alma Coin: Please, check in with your unit supervisors when you resume work.
[whispers back to Katniss]
Primrose Everdeen: A lot of them were lost in an epidemic a few years ago. Coin lost her family, too. Daughter and a husband.
President Alma Coin: I have an announcement for the citizens of 13, and our welcome guests from 12. Katniss Everdeen has consented to be the face of our cause to help unite the districts against the Capitol.
[Katniss notices Finnick listening in the crowd and starts making her way towards him]
President Alma Coin: In exchange, I have promised several concessions. First, we’ll assess all opportunities for the extraction of the Victors held hostage in the Capitol. Peeta Mellark, Johanna Mason…
[there’s murmur amongst the crowd showing they are not pleased]
Katniss Everdeen: Finnick, I made the deal for Annie, too.
President Alma Coin: …and Annie Cresta. Once freed, they will be granted full pardon for any and all crimes committed against the rebel cause.
[there’s a louder reaction of displeasure from the crowd; to Katniss]
Finnick Odair: Good. That’s good, Katniss.
President Alma Coin: If Katniss Everdeen fails to fulfill her duties, the deal will be off. Thank you for your attention. Please, resume your daily schedules.
[as Coin finishes her speech she turns to find Heavensbee with Effie]
Plutarch Heavensbee: Madam President. Effie Trinket.
President Alma Coin: Welcome to 13.
[they shake hands]
Plutarch Heavensbee: Madam President, may I say you are so very concise.
Effie Trinket: Mmm.
President Alma Coin: You believe that there’s more to be said?
Plutarch Heavensbee: May I speak freely?
President Alma Coin: You don’t appear to do anything else.
[Coin notices Effie looking her up and down]
Plutarch Heavensbee: I’m only talking about salesmanship. The thing with revolutions, they’re a tender flame, they need to be nurtured with a little kindling and warmth. Bit of oxygen.
Effie Trinket: Mm. Oxygen.
Plutarch Heavensbee: One sure way to put it out is to smother it.
President Alma Coin: Or to use up all the air in the room. Excuse me.
[Coin walks off]
Effie Trinket: You know what could use a revolution? That hair.
[Katniss notices Effie having a meal in the dining hall]
Katniss Everdeen: Effie?
Effie Trinket: Oh! Well.
[Katniss goes over to Effie and they embrace]
Katniss Everdeen: What are you doing here?
Effie Trinket: I’m a political refugee.
Katniss Everdeen: Plutarch rescued you?
Effie Trinket: Rescued, yes, that’s what he calls it. You and I were both in the dark. Now I’m condemned to this life of jumpsuits.
[to Gale who has joined them]
Effie Trinket: It is wonderful to see you again.
[she holds his hand for a moment]
Effie Trinket: Can you believe this place? I miss coffee. I never knew anyplace could be so strict. I mean, I thought at least in the higher ranks there’d be some side action. I miss my wigs.
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