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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.

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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.

Rebecca (),
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