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Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (The)

Country: United States, Canada, Language: English, 157 mins

  • Director: Francis Lawrence
  • Writer: Michael Lesslie, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins
  • Producer: Greg Capoccia, Suzanne Collins, Christoph Fisser, Nina Jacobson, Francis Lawrence, Cameron MacConomy, Jim Miller, Henning Molfenter, Tim Palen, Marianna Rowinska, Mika Saito, Brad Simpson, Christopher Surgent, Charlie Woebcken

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The Games are, quite unexpected, very cruel indeed - think: a mad bout in the Colosseum. Their coverage is camper than camp...courtesy of an unreserved Jason Schwartzman.

This is the prequel to the enormity of the original and it does stand on its own two feet without any knowledge of its predecessors [descendants!] - mainly due to all the information that is dished out in overly generous dollops. It's a fictional history lesson for the YAs who are smitten by The Games!

Despite its lack of star-power, it is a money-making machine...it made a fortune at the Box Office - the discovery and engagement of a new wave of fans!


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The(ir) Blurb...

"You're invited to return to the games."

The story of Coriolanus Snow, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. He is young, very determined and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, Coriolanus sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor a girl tribute named Lucy Gray Baird from the impoverished District 12.

Cast & Characters

Dexter Sol Ansell (as Young Coriolanus)
Rosa Gotzler (as Young Tigris)
Clemens Schick (as Respectable Man)
Fionnula Flanagan (as Grandma'am)
Tom Blyth (as Coriolanus Snow)
Hunter Schafer (as Tigris)
Ashley Liao (as Clemensia Dovecote)
Athena Strates (as Persephone Price)
Joshua Kantara (as Gaius Breen)
Amélie Hoeferle (as Vipsania Sickle)
Kaitlyn Akinpelumi (as Domita Whimsiwick)
Florian Burgkart (as Hilarius Heavensbee)
Ayomide Adegun (as Pliny Harrington)
Aaron Finn Schultz (as Apollo Ring)
Max Raphael (as Festus Creed)
Mekyas Mulugeta (as Urban Canville)
Emma Frieda Brüggler (as Diana Ring (as Emma Brüggler))
Yalany Marschner (as Dennis Fling)
Serena Oexle (as Juno Phipps)
Anni Baumann (as Iphigenia Moss)
Flora Li Thiemann (as Livia Cardew)
Zoe Renee (as Lysistrata Vickers)
Seyna Sylla (as Io Jasper)
Lilly Maria Cooper (as Arachne Crane (as Lilly Cooper))
Aamer Husain (as Felix Ravinstill)