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We are now on day 5 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, meaning Apple has removed the Toca House game and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is the award-winning historical adventure drama Hugo.

Based on Brian Selznick’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret,’ and directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, Hugo tells the story of a 12-year-old boy living in the walls of the Paris Gare Montparnasse railway station…

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The film includes performances from Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen and other stars, and took home 5 Academy Awards. It’s also rated a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and was ranked the number one movie of 2011 by several critics.

From the iTunes description:

“Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese invites you to experience a thrilling journey that critics are calling “the stuff that dreams are made of.” *Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE.”

And here’s a trailer for the film:


I’ve seen Hugo myself, and while it’s not necessarily my cup-of-tea, it was entertaining. Regardless, the movie should still appease the folks who’ve been complaining that Apple has been cheap with its gifts thus far. It’s normally $15.

Keep in mind that these gifts typically vary depending on your region, and they’re only available for 24 hours. So if you live in the US (and Canada?), make sure you’ve downloaded the 12 Days of Gifts app so you can grab the free film.

  • Loic Verrall

    In the UK, you get Home Alone instead

    • NaSty

      I havent seen Hugo, but i think i’d prefer Home Alone!

    • Wilfred Lim

      Same for Malaysia

    • InfinitePlusOne

      I downloaded homealone yesterday it was free that time already

    • KingKon_NL

      Same here in The Netherlands.

      The same movie that has been on tv every year for the past 20 years around this time of the year…

      • CSK

        hahaha its exactly the same situation here in Brazil

    • Indonesia got Home Alone too

      • Jeff Foxx

        You got Home Alone 2?!

    • Himanshu Sharma

      india also…

  • Chandra Y

    But I prefer Home Alone tho…

    • Maxim∑

      The complaints are strong!

      Most people have already seen home alone not really hugo

  • Dev Shah

    Come on Apple, even your “App of The Week” gifts are better than this “12 Days of Gifts” -_-

  • Bieberkinz

    It would be amazing if the final day was a ticket/card choosing game to get any Apple device (under $300 though, Gift Cards included, card choosing would have at least a Mac Pro, but a rarity like that) but the thing to have it is to DL at least 6 gifts and have the app before Christmas.

    Replacement: *insert random Movie here*

    Cause TBH, these gifts are lackluster at best.

    • a beto e merik

      Gift card is all good for me. Don’t want anything else

  • Christian Mejía

    Now we’re getting somewhere
    Hugo wasn’t a half bad movie in my opinion.
    I’ll just download it to have it in my purchase history

    • a beto e merik

      Same here. Haha!

  • Melvco

    Surprised people are unhappy with today’s gift. It’s a free movie—and a popular one in terms of awards, box office success and critic feedback—that normally costs between $10-$15. I’ll take that all day.

    • dpacemaker

      I’m happy with it. It’s the first one that’s truly a paid something for free. The rest were free before they appeared on the app.

  • Matt

    Well for me every time I open the app It instantly crashes on my i5 so :/

    • Mohammed Sahib

      You don’t need the app to redeem the gifts, just search for them in iTunes and you will find them already free.

      • Matt

        Oh ha ha thanks man for the advice, didn’t think of that 😀 anyway I’ll go download it now and then off to bed, it’s 4:18am here 😀

  • Nicolas

    The same movie is available in Canada

  • ConduciveMammal

    Aww that’s not fair. Here in the UK, we got Home Alone

    • Anthony Nguyen

      You could change your account location to US

      • felixtaf

        Not an easy thing to do. You need an US credit or debit card to activate your account.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s a myth

      • felixtaf

        May be… But its not a myth. Create an account in PC and go to ur mobile/tablet, use the ID and try to buy a free app. It WILL ask for verification. I have personal experience and also have exp while setting up acc for others.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Hmmm it didn’t for me maybe I was lucky or this is a new thing? I don’t think I had to do any verification though other than email confirmation…

      • felixtaf

        When you created your account? My acc was old and password is still 7 letters and no caps. Now the password shud be 8 letters with caps n numbers. Recent accounts and account switch requires credit/debit card verification. Can be removed after verifying the acc.

      • CAREER in the DUMPSTER

        Aidan is right. I have accounts for the stores in Germany (home), the US, UK, Canada, France, and Spain. All that you need to do is sign off completely from your existing account, go to a free app and try to purchase it. It will ask you to create an account using an address in that particular country (you can figure that one out easily) and then you are able to download the weekly free songs and, if you can get your hands on a gift card from that particular country (via ebay), you can purchase stuff. No credit card needed. Look it up.

      • CAREER in the DUMPSTER

        You are correct.

  • Carlos Filho

    Home Alone in Brazil.

  • Amitai Abraham

    KAYAK pro App in Israel

  • Sharmen Sorsdahl Dawson

    I got Hugo now how do I transfer it to iTunes on my computer. I can’t download it on my phone as there is not enough storage.

    • Teresa Enright Campbell

      I am wondering the same. I’d rather watch it on my computer, but cannot find it when I have my iPhone connected so that I can transfer it there. Any help?

    • Teresa Enright Campbell

      I think I just figured it out. I went to the iTunes store, went to ‘purchased’ (not from iTunes on my computer, but the iTunes store), click on the movie tab at the top and it showed up there available to download.

      • Sharmen Sorsdahl Dawson

        Thanks. I will try this tomorrow.