12 certificateThe Hunger Games is a Film programme that first aired in 2012 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Hunger Games is a 4 star programme

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The Hunger Games (2012)

Directed by
Gary Ross

Jennifer Lawrence stars in Gary Ross's Bafta Award-winning action-thriller adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel.

The dystopian nation of Panem has emerged from the post-apocalyptic remains of the USA. It's a land governed mercilessly from its wealthy central metropolis, the Capitol: following a series of quashed revolts, it demands an annual tribute from each of its 12 outlying regions of a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18. The youngsters, in a warped method of simultaneously controlling and entertaining Panem's populace, are sentenced to hunt each other in televised lethal combat in an area of enclosed woodland; the last person alive is the winner.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) is part of the latest contest, having voluntarily taken the place of her younger sister. In addition to her compassion, her resourcefulness, steely determination and collaborative instinct could tip the balance in her favour. But the fight to the death is complicated (for protagonists, viewers and organisers alike) when fellow competitor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) professes his love for her.

However, the film, which touches on themes of wealth inequality, the power of TV and exposure to violence, belongs to Lawrence, whose portrayal of a strong, believable central female character is devoid of the usual sexist fripperies and has drawn widespread critical acclaim. Also starring Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks. While the violence within the movie is largely implied, some younger viewers could still find the tenor of the film disturbing.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 150 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2012

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is The Hunger Games next on TV?

It's next showing on 5STAR August 26th, 9:00pm and on 5STAR August 26th, 10:10pm. See more...


Image for Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence...Katniss Everdeen
Image for Josh HutchersonJosh Hutcherson...Peeta Mellark
Image for Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson...Haymitch Abernathy
Liam Hemsworth...Gale Hawthorne
Image for Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks...Effie Trinket
Image for Stanley TucciStanley Tucci...Caesar Flickerman
Willow Shields...Primrose Everdeen
Wes Bentley...Seneca Crane
Sandra Ellis Lafferty...Hob Vendor
Image for Paula MalcomsonPaula Malcomson...Katniss' Mother
Rhoda Griffis...Registration Woman
Sandino Moya...Propaganda Film Tribute
Raiko Bowman...Peeta's Mother
Dwayne Boyd...Peacekeeper
Anthony Reynolds...Peacekeeper
Judd Lormand...Peacekeeper