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Mockingjay 30

I loved “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” (read my review here), and the movie featured a ton of great quotes, too. Here’s a few…

Katniss Everdeen: (harshly) “Finnick.”
Finnick Odair: (stops sobbing, but doesn’t look at her) “I…wanted to go back, for Johanna and Peeta. But, uh, I… I couldn’t move. (pause) They have Annie, too. She was taken…She-she’s in the Capitol. (pauses again) I wish she was dead. I wish they were all dead, and we were dead, too.”

Katniss Everdeen: (looking at the vast size of 13’s underground network) “We were always told that there was nothing left of 13.”
Boggs: “Capitol bombed the surface into rubble… But we’re military. We learned to survive down here, training, preparing… The war never stopped, for us.”

Alma Coin: (sharply) “Miss Everdeen, this Revolution is about everyone. And we need a voice.”
Katniss Everdeen: (quiet, but furious) “Then you should have rescued Peeta.” (walks out)
Alma Coin: (swivels in her chair to face Plutarch) “…Maybe you should have rescued the boy instead.”
Plutarch Heavensbee: “No. (shakes his head) No, no, no… Listen to me, no one else can do this but her.”
Alma Coin: “This is not the girl you described.”
Plutarch Heavensbee: “She’s disoriented. She needs to be reminded who the real enemy is…”
Alma Coin: “She knows who the enemy is, that’s not the issue.”
Plutarch Heavensbee: “No, she’s forgotten. We need to make it personal for her, prove that we’re on her side. There’s discussing, and there’s showing. We need to show her what the Capitol did to District 12.”
Alma Coin: “She won’t be able to handle it. The Games destroyed her.”

Mockingjay 15Katniss Everdeen: “Thank you for agreeing to meet with me. I’ve decided, I’ll be your Mockingjay- but I have some conditions. (pulls a crumpled sheet of paper from her pocket, Coin and Plutarch stare at her curiously) You will arrange, at the earliest time possible, for the attempted rescue of Peeta Mellark. Also, the other two Victors held by the Capitol, Johanna Mason and Annie Cresta. If, and when, Peeta is rescued, he will receive a full and unconditional pardon. No punishment will be inflicted… and the same goes for the other two.”
Alma Coin: (nods carefully) “…No.”
Katniss Everdeen: “It’s not their fault that you abandoned them in that arena. They’re doing and saying whatever they have to to survive.”
Alma Coin: “Individuals don’t make demands in District 13. There will be a trial, and a fair judgement… Thank you.” (pretends to go back through her paperwork; Plutarch keeps watching Katniss in anticipation)
Katniss Everdeen: (furiously) “The Victors will be granted immunity! (Coin looks up at her sharply) You will announce it before the population of 13! You will hold your government responsible — or you will find another Mockingjay!”
Plutarch Heavensbee: (slaps his hand on the table in satisfaction) “That’s it! That’s her! Picture it, with the costume… gunfire in the background… a hint of smoke… That’s our Mockingjay. (turns to Coin, whose eyes have not moved from Katniss) Madame President, we’re losing ground because the people are losing hope. (gestures at Katniss) She’s worth the risk. Tribunals, justice, power of the people, this can all be the bedrock of the new Panem… But, I think, in wartime, even the noblest of causes can be bent.”
Alma Coin: (long pause, then nods) “Do you have any other… conditions?”
Katniss Everdeen: (pause) “…My sister gets to keep her cat.”

Katniss Everdeen: “…I hardly ever see children around here.”
Primrose Everdeen: “Most of them were lost in an epidemic, a few years ago. (pause) Coin lost her family, too — a daughter and a husband.” (Katniss looks at her, then back up at Coin)

Effie Trinket: “You know, everything old can be made new again… (sarcastically) Like democracy. Which brings me to this… (she holds out a black folder, and Katniss opens it to reveal mockingjay costume sketches)
Katniss Everdeen: (sadly) “Cinna… He’s dead, isn’t he?” (Effie looks truly sorry)
Effie Trinket: “…Yes, dear. (pause) He made Plutarch promise not to show you this until you’d agreed to be the Mockingjay, on your own. He knew the risks… He believed in this Revolution, just as he believed in you.”
Katniss Everdeen: (looking at Cinna’s designs) “…They’re beautiful.”
Effie Trinket: “They have it. (Katniss looks at her) They have the Mockingjay suit. Now, there’s not much of a Prep Team here in 13… but we are going to make you the best-dressed rebel in history.”

Katniss Everdeen: (uncertainly) “People of Panem, we fight, we dare, to end this hunger for justice!” (Plutarch and Effie wince and look at her in confusion. Haymitch walks into the studio, clapping sarcastically)
Haymitch Abernathy: “And that, my friends, is how a Revolution dies. Hello, Katniss. (Katniss glares at him) Is this how you greet old friends?” (blows his nose)
Katniss Everdeen: “Maybe I just don’t recognize you sober.”
Haymitch Abernathy: (wipes his face with a handkerchief) “Well, then I guess it looks as bad as it feels.”

Haymitch Abernathy: (after watching the pitiful attempts to make a Mockingjay propo with Coin, Plutarch, Katniss, Effie, Beetee, Boggs and Gale) “Madame… President, indulge me for a moment. (stands up) Let’s all of us try to think of a moment when Katniss Everdeen genuinely moved you. And I’m not talking about when you were jealous of her hairstyle, or her dress went up in flames, or when she made a halfway decent shot with an arrow (Katniss glares at him), and not when Peeta made you like her. So, one moment when Katniss moved you.”
Effie Trinket: (raises her hand quickly) “Oh, when she volunteered for her sister, at the Reaping.”
Haymitch Abernathy: “Excellent example. (clears a space on the screen, wiping out several items) …I hope that wasn’t important. (glances over his shoulder at Coin) Volunteered… for Sister (writes Volunteered 4 Sis) Go on, another example.”
Effie Trinket: (raises her hand again) “When she sang that song, for little Rue.”
Haymitch Abernathy: “Oh, yeah. Who didn’t get choked up at that? (writes it in) You know, Effie, I like you better without all that makeup.”
Effie Trinket: “I like you better sober.” (Haymitch gives her a confused look over his shoulder)
Beetee Latier: “When she chose Rue as an ally, as well.” (Haymitch writes it in)
Haymitch Abernathy: “Now, who can tell me what all these moments have in common?”
Gale Hawthorne: (smiles) “Nobody told her what to do.”
Beetee Latier: “Unscripted, yes. (looks to Katniss) So, maybe we should just leave her alone.”
Boggs: “And wash her face. She’s still a girl, and you made her look thirty-five.” (Katniss smiles at him)
Plutarch Heavensbee: “The opportunities for spontaneity in 13 are sorely lacking, so if you’re suggesting we toss her into combat…”
Alma Coin: “No. I can’t sanction putting an untrained civilian into combat. We wouldn’t be able to protect her.”
Haymitch Abernathy: “No, that’s exactly what I’m suggesting. You’re looking for the face of the Revolution? She cannot be coached — believe me, I’ve tried. It has to come from her.”
Plutarch Heavensbee: “So, perhaps somewhere lower-risk?…”
Beetee Latier: “District 8. They reported heavy bombing this morning, but there’s no military targets left.”
Alma Coin: “We won’t be able to guarantee her safety…”
Katniss Everdeen: (scornfully) “You’ll never be able to guarantee my safety. (pause) I want to go.”
Alma Coin: “…And, if you’re killed?”
Katniss Everdeen: (raises her eyebrow) “…Make sure you get it on camera.” (Plutarch claps his hands approvingly)

Katniss Everdeen: (looking over District 13’s weapon arsenals) “You had all of this, and you just left the Districts to fend for themselves?”
Boggs: “It’s not that simple, Katniss. We barely survived, and we were in no shape to launch a counterattack. Yeah, we could’ve bombed the Capitol, but they would have retaliated, with twice the firepower. And then what? Nobody would have been alive to claim victory.”
Katniss Everdeen: “Sounds exactly like what Peeta said, when you all called him a traitor.”

Plutarch Heavensbee: “Quick introductions! Katniss, this is Cressida. In my opinion, one of the finest up-and-coming film directors in the Capitol…”
Cressida: (humorously) “Until I up and left. (nods to Katniss) Hi.” (Katniss nods back)
Plutarch Heavensbee: “Let’s see what you can do! Be safe!” (he leaves the hovercraft)
Cressida: (to Katniss and Gale) “This is my assistant, Messalla-”
Messalla: (nods) “It’s an honor to meet you.”
Cressida: “And your cameramen over there, Castor…”
Castor: (smiles, nods) “Hello.”
Cressida: “…And Pollux. (Pollux smiles and nods to Katniss, who nods in return)
Boggs: “Let’s get locked in.” (they take their seats. Katniss glances at Pollux as she sits next to him)
Katniss Everdeen: (to Pollux)”…You’re all from the Capitol? Plutarch got you out?”
Cressida: “Don’t expect much chitchat from him. He’s an Avox. The Capitol cut his tongue out years ago. (Pollux smiles weakly and exchanges hand signs with Castor) And no, it wasn’t any sort of rescue, if that’s what you mean. We all fled on our own. For this… (smiles) for you.”

Katniss Everdeen: (looking into the hospital teeming with wounded and dying rebels) “…Don’t film me in there. I can’t help them…”
Cressida: (gently) “Just let them see your face, hmm?” (Katniss nods and steps inside; she walks slowly through the hospital in her Mockingjay outfit. Boggs, Gale, Paylor and the camera crew follow at a distance. By the time Katniss reaches the center of the room, all the rebels have seen her and are watching her.)
Young Girl: “Katniss?…Katniss Everdeen? (Katniss stops) …What are you doing here?”
Katniss Everdeen: “…I… I came to see you.”
Old Woman: “What… what about the baby?”
Katniss Everdeen: (showing pain, but for a different reason) “I lost it.”
Young Man: “Are you fighting, Katniss? (stares at her intently) Are you here to fight with us?”
Katniss Everdeen: “I am… I will.” (pause, then the young man smiles and raises his hand in the three-finger salute of District 12; one by one, every single rebel in the hospital follows, until they are all saluting Katniss)
Cressida: (to Pollux, operating his camera) “Tighter… tighter.”

Coriolanus Snow: “Target the hospital.”
Ageria: (shocked) “…Sir?”
Coriolanus Snow: (stares coldly at her) “You wrote that speech yourself, Ageria: Any association with the Mockingjay symbol is forbidden. Everyone inside that hospital has just committed treason- let them see how it pays to be friends with Katniss Everdeen.”

Cressida: “Katniss, can you tell everyone what’s happening? (Katniss stares, grief-stricken, at the burning hospital) Katniss, what do you want to say?” (slowly, Katniss turns around, her expression full of fury; Cressida subtly gestures for her to face the cameras)
Katniss Everdeen: (facing Pollux’s camera and Cressida, as Gale, Boggs and Paylor watch her) “I want the rebels to know that I’m alive… and, I’m in District 8, where the Capitol has just bombed a hospital, full of unarmed men, women, and children! If you think for one second that the Capitol will treat us fairly, then you’re lying to yourselves! Because we know what they are, and what they do… (points to be blazing hospital behind her) This is what they do! And we must fight back! (turns to face Castor’s camera) I have a message, for President Snow…You can torture us, and bomb us, and burn us to the ground- but do you see that?” (points to the destroyed, shot-down bomber hovercraft behind her) “Fire is catching!… and if we burn… You burn with us!”

Alma Coin: (after watching Katniss’ first propo) “…Plutarch’s faith in you wasn’t misplaced.”
Katniss Everdeen: “…Thank you.”

Finnick Odair: (to Katniss, watching Coin rally District 13 in a military chant) “You don’t like hearing the fight song at a funeral, do you? (Katniss glances at him, and nods) But, the more people we get on our side, the closer we are to Peeta and Annie.”
Katniss Everdeen: “…Yeah.”
Gale Hawthorne: (on Peeta’s pro-Capitol propo, after Peeta has clearly been abused) “We need to respond.”
Katniss Everdeen: (glares at him) Did you see the way he is?!”
Gale Hawthorne: (contemptuously) “All I saw was a coward.”
Katniss Everdeen: (furious) “You have no idea what they’ve done to him…”
Gale Hawthorne: (angry) “I don’t care! I would never say what he just said, not if they tortured me, not if they had a gun to my head!”
Katniss Everdeen: “That is the same Peeta that defended you at the whipping post!”
Gale Hawthorne: “No, it isn’t. Now, he’s only defending himself. (his comunicuff beeps) Coin’s calling a meeting… we need to respond.” (starts to go)
Katniss Everdeen: (sharply) “When did ‘we’ become you and Coin?”
Gale Hawthorne: (turns around and comes back to her) “Everyone has a choice, Katniss. How can he sit there, and defend the people who destroyed his home and murdered his family?!”
Katniss Everdeen: (the realization dawns on her) “…Because he doesn’t know. How can he? No one’s seen what the Capitol did to 12. I have to show them.”

Gale Hawthorne: “Nine hundred and fifteen, out of ten thousand. (pause) I should’ve gotten more out, I should’ve grabbed more people… so many kids, I could’ve carried…”
Cressida: “You saved so many people, Gale. Without you, there wouldn’t be anything left of District 12, not even the memory of it.” (Katniss puts her hand on Gale’s shoulder)

[Pollux sees a mockingjay land near them, smiles at Katniss and taps his mockingjay badge questioningly]
Katniss Everdeen: (smiles) “Yeah, that’s a mockingjay.” (Pollux whistles Katniss and Rue’s four-note signal; the mockingjay flies away, and mockingjays all around the lake begin to repeat the whistle.)
Gale Hawthorne: “…Now they’ll never shut up.” (Pollux gestures to Katniss, requesting for her to sing)
Katniss Everdeen: “…You want me to sing? (Pollux beams at her and nods. Long pause, then Katniss begins to sing, with the mockingjays faintly joining in in the background) Are you… are you… coming to the tree/Where they strung up a man, they said had murdered three/Strange things did happen there, no stranger would it be/If we met at midnight in the hanging tree…”

Peeta Mellark: (in a Capitol interview/propo, having seen the airwaves hijacked with propaganda showing Katniss) “…They’re coming, Katniss. (onscreen, Katniss sees Peacekeepers seizing him) They’re coming for all of you… and in District 13 you’ll all be dead by morning!” (the airwaves are abruptly cut off, Katniss gasps in horror)
Haymitch Abernathy: “He’s warning us… That was a warning!”
Boggs: “…Yes, it was.”

Alma Coin: “They aren’t targeting the fleet…”
Boggs: “Or our Special Weaponry.”
Alma Coin: “…They don’t know what we have here, or where we have it. Can you confirm that all civilians made it to the bunkers?”
Boggs: “Already done.”
Alma Coin: (nods) “Conceal all other anti-aircraft guns; seal up launch pads and ventilation corridors. We are gonna wait this one out. It’s what we’re built for.”
Plutarch Heavensbee: “They’ll seal us in here, like a tomb!”
Alma Coin: “The Capitol is working off of outdated information here. I don’t want to update them.”
Plutarch Heavensbee: “Madame President, I… I know it’s not my place…”
Alma Coin: “No, it’s not. You’re a welcome guest, but you’re out of your depth down here. (to Boggs) Reduce oxygen levels to fourteen percent to conserve the air supply. (Plutarch turns pale) Take a deep breath, Mr. Heavensbee… it’s going to be a long night.”

Finnick Odair: “After your first games, I assumed the whole romance was an act. We all assumed you’d continue with that strategy. But it wasn’t until Peeta’s heart stopped, and he nearly died… that I knew I’d misjudged you. You love him. (pause) I’m not saying what way… maybe you don’t know yourself. But anyone who was paying attention would notice.”
Katniss Everdeen: “…How do you live with it?”
Finnick Odair: “…I drag myself out of nightmares, and find there’s no relief in waking up. But… it’s better not to give in to it. It takes ten times longer to pull yourself together than it does to fall apart.”

Alma Coin: (to Katniss Everdeen) “There’s something you should know… we had eight extra minutes of civilian evacuation because of Peeta’s warning. I won’t forget that.”
Katniss Everdeen: “Thank you.”

Katniss Everdeen: “President Snow, can you hear me? I need to speak with…”
Coriolanus Snow: (suddenly comes on the air, gloating) “Miss Everdeen! What an honor… I don’t imagine you’re calling me to… thank me for the roses?” (grins at her viciously)
Katniss Everdeen: “I never asked for any of this. I never asked to be in the Games. I just wanted to save my sister, and keep Peeta alive. You know that, so please… just let him go. Let him go, and I will stop being the Mockingjay. I will run away, and you will never have to hear from me again. I promise.”
Coriolanus Snow: (smiles and shakes his head) “Miss Everdeen… You couldn’t run away from this, anymore than you could have run from the Games.”
Katniss Everdeen: “You told me to convince you that I was in love with Peeta. Haven’t I at least done that?
Coriolanus Snow: (smiles coldly) “Miss Everdeen… It’s the things we love the most… that destroy us. (pause) I want you to remember that I told you that.”

Alma Coin: (final lines of the movie) “Today, we have rescued the Victors. Tomorrow… PANEM!” (raises her fist, and all of District 13 cheers)

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5 COMMENTS

  1. You must really love The Hunger Games! I just want to ask, have you read the books? And which is better, the book or the movie? I haven’t watched the movies or read the books, but am planning to do both – but I’m confused which one to do first. Thanks!

    • I read all of the books, one right after the other. I love both the books and movies, although the books have that something special over the movies, in my view. I couldn’t put them down! I would say read the books, then see the movies. Report back!

  2. Hi Jane! Thanks for the advice and I would definitely go with your words. And I also feel the same way with the Twilight series. Good thing, I already started reading the first book before it was made into movie and did the same thing for the rest of the series. And again, I have to agree with you when you said that reading gives the story something special that the movie couldn’t give us. And I believe it’s because when we read, our imagination works very well. Thanks again.

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