The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins' novel Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games, and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced and distributed by Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence directed the film, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt (credited as Michael deBruyn).

Filming began September 10, 2012 in and around metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Hawaii. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released on November 15, 2013 in Brazil, November 20, 2013 in Finland and Norway, November 21, 2013 in the United Kingdom, and in IMAX on November 22, 2013 in the United States.

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Haymitch Abernathy[edit]

  • Nobody ever wins the Games. Period. There are survivors. There's no winners.

Finnick Odair[edit]

  • [To Katniss] Do you want a sugar cube? I mean- it's supposed to be for the horses, but, I mean, who cares about them right? They got years to eat sugar, whereas you and I- well, if we see something sweet we better grab it.


President Snow: [observing a video of Katniss's actions in the Hunger Games] Such bravery. Such spirit. Such...contempt.
Katniss Everdeen: President Snow. What an honor.
President Snow: My dear, I think we can make this so much simpler if we agree not to lie to each other. What do you think?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes, I think that would save time.
President Snow: Sit down, please.
[Katniss sits down in a chair on one side of the desk; President Snow sits down on the other.]
President Snow: I have a problem, Miss Everdeen. A problem that began the moment you revealed those poisoned berries in the arena. If that Head Game-Maker Seneca Crane had had any brains at all, he would have blown you to bits then and there. But here you are. I expect you can guess where he is.
Katniss Everdeen: Yes, I think so.
President Snow: And after that fiasco, there was nothing left to do but let you play out your little scenario. [Smiles] And you were very good. That whole love-crazed, besotted schoolgirl routine. Impressive. Truly. You convinced the people in the Capitol. Unfortunately, not everyone in the Districts fell for it. I mean, you can't know this, but in several of them, people viewed your little trick with the berries as an act of defiance, not as an act of love. And if a girl from District 12, of all places, can defy the Capitol and walk away unharmed, what is to prevent them from doing the same? What is to prevent, say, an uprising? That can lead to revolution. And then in a fraction of time, the whole system collapses.
Katniss Everdeen: It must be a fragile system if it can be brought down by just a few berries.
President Snow: Yes, it is indeed. But not in the way you imagine it.
Katniss Everdeen: How should I imagine it?
President Snow: You should imagine thousands upon thousands of your people dead. This town of yours, reduced to ashes. Imagine it gone. Made radioactive. Buried under dirt like it had never existed, like District 13. [Pauses, looking at Katniss pointedly] You fought very hard in the Games, Miss Everdeen. But they were games. Would you like to be in a real war?
Katniss Everdeen: No.
President Snow: Good. Neither would I. [Picks up a biscuit from the desk] Did your mother make these?
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta.
President Snow: [smiles cruelly] Ah. He's a lovely boy, isn't he? Tell me, at what point did he realize the depth of your...indifference towards him?
Katniss Everdeen: I'm not indifferent.
President Snow: Don't lie! You promised. [Eats biscuit]
Katniss Everdeen: Why don't you just kill me now?
President Snow: ...I don't want to kill you. I want us to be friends. But if not friends, then allies.
Katniss Everdeen: What do I need to do?
President Snow: When you and Peeta are on tour, you need to smile. You need to be grateful. But above all, you need to be madly, prepared-to-end-it-all in love. Do you think you can handle that?
Katniss Everdeen: Yes.
President Snow: "Yes", what?
Katniss Everdeen: I'll convince them.
President Snow: No. Convince me.

[Katniss turns around and sees Gloss slitting Wiress' throat. She draws an arrow and shoots him in his heart, killing him. Cashmere comes running with a knife toward Katniss. Katniss attempts to shoot her with an arrow, but Johanna pushes Katniss away and digs her axe into Cashmere's chest, killing her as well. Brutus and Enobaria appear and attempt to kill them, but Finnick and Peeta drive them away.]

Plutarch Heavensbee: Change it up. Spin it.

[One of the Gamemakers spins the Cornucopia]

Peeta Mellark: See, Katniss, the way the whole "friend" thing works is that you have to tell each other the deep stuff.
Katniss Everdeen: The deep stuff?
Peeta Mellark: Yeah.
Katniss Everdeen: Uh-oh. Like what?
Peeta Mellark: Like... what's you favorite color?
Katniss Everdeen: Oh, now you've stepped over the line.

Haymitch Abernathy: [points to a TV] Cashmere and Gloss, brother and sister, District 1. They won back-to-back games, Capitol favorites, lots of sponsors, they will be lethal.[TV changes] and the other half of the career pack, Brutus and Enobaria.
Katniss Everdeen: What's with her teeth?
Haymitch Abernathy: She had them filed into fangs so she could rip people's throats out.
Peeta Mellark: She's committed, I'll give her that.
Haymitch Abernathy: [TV changes] Wiress and Beetee. Not fighters, but brilliant. And weird. Real tech-savvy. He won his games by electrocuting six tributes at once. [TV changes] The Morphlings, masters of camouflage. They won their games by hiding until everyone was dead. Self medicating ever since, which I applaud, not a threat. [TV changes to Finnick Odair]
Katniss Everdeen: Finnick Odair right?
Haymitch Abernathy: Yes he won his games at 14, youngest ever. Extremely humble.
Katniss Everdeen: You're kidding.
Haymitch Abernathy: Yes I'm kidding, he's a peacock. A total preener. But he's the Capitol darling, they love him here. Charming, smart, and very skilled in combat, especially in water.
Peeta Mellark: Any weaknesses?
Haymitch Abernathy: One. Mags. She volunteered for Annie. Mags was his mentor and basically raised him. If he's trying to protect her in any way, it exposes him.
Katniss Everdeen: A guy like that should know she's not going to make it. I bet when it really comes down to it, he won't protect her.
Haymitch Abernathy: Well, Katniss, I hope when she goes, she goes quickly. She's actually a wonderful lady.

Haymitch Abernathy: Good news. At least half the tributes want you as allies.
Peeta Mellark: They saw her shoot.
Haymitch Abernathy: Well, sweetheart, you got your pick of the litter.
Katniss Everdeen: I want Wiress and Beetee.
Peeta Mellark: Johanna calls them "Nuts" and "Volts".
Haymitch Abernathy: OK, good. Who else?
Katniss Everdeen: Mags. [Peeta turns away in disapproval] All right, fine. Then no one.
Haymitch Abernathy: I'll tell them you're still making up your mind.

[Katniss, Wiress and Johanna are in the water cleaning themselves]

Katniss Everdeen: What does Beetee have there?
Johanna Mason: [Turns to Beetee] The coil? With some kind of wire on it.
Katniss Everdeen: Did he get it from the Cornucopia?
Johanna Mason: Took a knife in the back to get it.

Caesar Flickerman: We have seen a lot of tears here tonight. But I see no tears in Johanna's eyes. Johanna, you are angry. Tell me why.
Johanna Mason: Yeah, well, yes! I am angry. You know, I'm getting totally screwed over here. The deal was that if I won the Hunger Games, I get to live the rest of my life in peace. But now, you wanna kill me again. But you know what? Fuck that! Fuck everybody who had anything to do with it!
Caesar Flickerman: [Startled] All right, then. One woman's opinion.

President Snow: Look at them. She's not who they think she is. She's not a leader. She just wants to save her skin. It's as simple as that.
Plutarch Heavensbee: I think that's true.
President Snow: But she has become a beacon of hope for the rebellion, and she has to be eliminated.
Plutarch Heavensbee: I agree she should die, but in the right way. At the right time. It's moves and counter-moves, that's all we've gotta look at. Katniss Everdeen is a symbol. Their Mockingjay. They think she's one of them. We need to show them that she's one of us. We don't have to destroy her, just the image. Then we let the people do the rest.
President Snow: What do you propose?
Plutarch Heavensbee: Shut down the black markets, take away what little they have, then double the amount of floggings and executions, put them on TV; broadcast them live. Sow fear, more fear.
President Snow: It won't work. Fear does not work as long as they have hope, and Katniss Everdeen is giving them hope.
Plutarch Heavensbee: She's engaged. Make everything about that. What kind of dress she's gonna wear? - Floggings. What's the cake gonna look like? - Executions. Who's gonna be there? - Fear. Blanket coverage, shove it in their faces. Show them that she's one of us now. [Laughs] They're gonna hate her so much they just might kill her for you.
President Snow: Brilliant.

Katniss Everdeen: [minutes before the 75th Hunger Games] I don't want anyone in there there. Just you.
Peeta Mellark: That's what you want?
Katniss Everdeen: That what I want.

Peeta Mellark: Katniss, I don't know what kind of deals you made with Haymitch, but he made me promises too. [pulls off the locket around her neck] If you die, and I live, I'd have nothing. Nobody else that I care about.
Katniss Everdeen: Peeta...
Peeta Mellark: It's different for you. Your family needs you. [opens locket to see three pictures - Gale, Prim, and her mother] You have to live. For them.
Katniss Everdeen: What about you?
Peeta Mellark: [smiles sadly] No one needs me.
Katniss Everdeen: I do. I need you.

Peeta Mellark: They won't touch Prim.
Johanna Mason: Your fiancé's right. The whole country loves your sister. If they torture her, or do anything to her... Forget the districts. There would be...riots in the Capitol. [Shouts at the artificial "sky" of the arena] Hey, how does that sound, Snow? What if we... What if we set your backyard on fire? You can't put everybody in here! [everyone looks at her in disbelief] What? He can't hurt me. There's nobody left that I love.

[Late in the 75th Hunger Games, the "Lightning Tree" has been wrapped in wire. Katniss finds Beetee unconscious near the tree, having been shocked by trying to throw a metal-tipped spear at a force-field near the tree. This is an unlikely mistake for Beetee; he won his first Hunger Games by killing six Tributes with the electric shock from the arena force-field. As Katniss stands in the clearing, she hears someone coming and draws an arrow. It's Finnick Odair. President Snow watches on the TV monitors in his study.]
President Snow: [pleased] Let it fly, Miss Everdeen.
Finnick Odair: Katniss... remember who the real enemy is.
[As the first lightning bolt descends to strike the Lightning Tree, Katniss drops her arrow, taking the metal-tipped spear lying by Beetee and drawing it in her bow. She fires it at the sky, striking the force-field on the arena's ceiling. The force-field's defensive electricity hits the lightning bolt, overloading the force-fields and causing the entire Games monitoring system to shut down. President Snow, stunned, stares at the blank TV screens.]
President Snow: ...That's not possible.


  • Remember who the real enemy is.
  • Every revolution begins with a spark.
  • The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.
  • Remember, girl on fire, I'm still betting on you.


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