The Hunger Games

March 23rd 2012
  • Action/Sci-Fi,
  • PG-13,
  • 142 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Donald Sutherland, Isabelle Fuhrman, Lenny Kravitz, Jacqueline Emerson, Wes Bentley, Leven Rambin, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Amber Chaney, Phillip Troy Linger, Raiko Bowman, Jack Quaid, Latarsha Rose, Brooke Bundy, Nelson Ascencio, Kimiko Gelman, Karan Kendrick
  • Director: Gary Ross
  • Writers: Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross
  • Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
  • Co Producer: Aldric La'auli Porter
  • Executive Producers: Suzanne Collins, Robin Bissell, Louise Rosner
  • Art Directions: John Collins, Robert Fechtman, Paul Richards
  • Casting: Debra Zane
  • Costume Design: Judianna Makovsky
  • D.O.P.: Tom Stern
  • Editors: Stephen Mirrione, Juliette Welfling
  • Makeup: Ve Neill
  • Musics: T-Bone Burnett, Danny Elfman
  • Production Design: Philip Messina
  • Set Decoration: Larry Dias


In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games.

Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. As the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.

When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: North Carolina, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
  • Production Budget: $75 million
  • Production Companies: Color Force, Larger Than Life Productions, Lionsgate, Ludas Productions
  • Production Schedule: 23 May 2011 - 3 September 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "With "Harry Potter" over and the "Twilight" franchise wrapping up, many studios have been trying to develop franchises based on other successful young adult literary series in an effort to emulate that level of success. None however have come closer to potentially reaching that goal than this first of a proposed trilogy based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.

Already dubbed the most anticipated film of next year amongst women in several polls, where 'Hunger' could surprise is that it has far more cross over appeal with men than the "Twilight" saga. There's no frigid virgins and vegan vampires trying to channel Lord Byron here.

Instead we have a moderately grounded science fiction action story which plays like a mashup of "Battle Royale" and "The Running Man". In this what remains of North America has now been split into twelve districts and every year a teenage boy & girl are chosen from each district to risk their lives in a ruthless competition for survival - 24 go in, but only one can come out.

With a costly $100 million budget, this is a big risk for Lionsgate but one that's expected to pay off big time for them, so much so they've already set a late 2013 release date for the sequel. There's a solid cast and crew involved and while a very early teaser was a dud, the first proper trailer launched a few months ago and surprised the hell out of lot of people with just how good it actually looked (and they were essentially only scenes from the first act). Easily the biggest film of this Spring."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 21 March 2012: Belgium, France, Netherlands
  • 22 March 2012: Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay
  • 23 March 2012: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, India, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, UK
  • 28 March 2012: Egypt, Serbia
  • 30 March 2012: Vietnam
  • 5 April 2012: Armenia, South Korea
  • 6 April 2012: Lithuania
  • 13 April 2012: Latvia, South Africa
  • 20 April 2012: Spain
  • 1 May 2012: Italy