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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 [2014] (2 discs)

Director:Francis Lawrence
Writer:Danny Strong
Peter Craig
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:123 minutes
(2 hours 3 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
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IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:65%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

Reaction: Enjoyable but largely a holding pattern until the next movie comes around.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Francis Lawrence => Director
Danny Strong => Writer
Peter Craig => Writer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Suzanne Collins => Novel
Donald Sutherland => President Snow
Elden Henson => Pollux
Elizabeth Banks => Effie Trinket
Erika Bierman => Snow's Granddaughter
Evan Ross => Messalla
Jeffrey Wright => Beetee
Jena Malone => Johanna Mason
Jennifer Lawrence => Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson => Peeta Mellark
Julianne Moore => President Alma Coin
Liam Hemsworth => Gale Hawthorne
Mahershala Ali => Boggs
Michael Garza => Eddy
Natalie Dormer => Cressida
Patina Miller => Commander Paylor
Paula Malcomson => Katniss' Mother
Philip Seymour Hoffman => Plutarch Heavensbee
Robert Knepper => Antonius
Sam Claflin => Finnick Odair
Sarita Choudhury => Egeria
Stanley Tucci => Caesar Flickerman
Stef Dawson => Annie Cresta
Wes Chatham => Castor
Willow Shields => Primrose Everdeen
Woody Harrelson => Haymitch Abernathy

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Although the character of Effie Trinket only appears briefly at the end of the novel, her role has been expanded in the films. Reportedly, after seeing Catching Fire, author Suzanne Collins called director Francis Lawrence and said, "There's no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films." Katniss' stylists who play roles in the book do not appear in the movie. They are replaced by Effie Trinket.
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson stated in an interview that filming this Hunger Games film was different from the first two.
  • This film was released on the same day as Jena Malone's (Johanna) birthday.
  • Will be the only film in the franchise to not open in the same year as a movie featuring Marvel Comics hero Thor, played by Liam Hemsworth's (Gale) older brother Chris Hemsworth.
  • Castor and Pollux were the mythical twin brothers of Helen of Troy. The brothers in Face Off, Percy Jackson, and this movie were all named after them.
  • Jodie Foster was considered for the role of Alma Coin.
  • Fourth film to co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore. Both had previously costarred in Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, and Magnolia.
  • Liam Hemsworth told EM he had a hairline fracture between his ankle joints during filming. "I heard a big crack and just went down."
  • The song The Hanging Tree is actually sung from the perspective of a man who has been hung and is calling out to his lover to join him in death.
  • Natalie Dormer actually shaved half of her hair when she played the role of Cressida.
  • Natalie Dormer ad-libbed 20-30 percent of her scenes, especially when Cressida instructs Finnick and the twins where to stand before filming his speech. When asked how she did that impromptu act, Dormer said that she drew inspiration by paying attention to how Francis Lawrence would converse with his camera crew in-between takes.
  • Jennifer Lawrence did her own singing for "The Hanging Tree" segment. Worldwide, the song went #1 on the iTunes Sales Chart. Jennifer Lawrence actually doesn't like singing, and hated filming the part where she sang "The Hanging Tree."
  • In order for Peeta to look like he was tortured many think he went on an extreme diet. But in reality they used CGI to slim his face and look abused and beaten.
  • Julianne Moore stated that her two children, both fans of the novels, convinced her to sign on for the role of Alma Coin.
  • Pollux, an avox, is actually signing in ASL to his brother when he is introduced to Katniss. He signs, "She is beautiful," and his brother signs back in agreement.