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The Devil’s Own

December 10th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

By now, Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt are familiar faces on Hulu — after all, we’re currently offering Air Force One with Ford and A River Runs Through It with Pitt — but the two appear together in today’s Hulu for the Holidays feature, The Devil’s Own.

This thriller casts Pitt as Frankie McGuire, an IRA terrorist — you decide whether Pitt’s Irish accent is convincing — who’s dead-set on revenge, and Ford as Tom O’Meara, a New York City cop who allows the Irish émigré to stay in his home, totally unaware of his criminal background. As O’Meara begins to suspect that his houseguest has a deadly past, he finds himself torn between sympathy for McGuire’s cause and his fear of getting into trouble with the FBI and British police.


While the film glosses over the Irish conflict, choosing to focus on O’Meara’s moral dilemma instead, Pitt and Ford themselves deliver strong performances. For a more detailed look at the Protestant-Catholic conflict, check back tomorrow as the IRA takes center stage once again. Hulu for the Holidays is set to continue with a film that was based on real events, although it raised some controversy for not sticking to the facts. Even so, it received seven Oscar nominations — but Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List swept the awards that year.

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