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Hilary and Jackie (1998)

The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Derek Du Pré
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Iris Du Pré
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Piers Du Pré
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Cello Teacher
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Young Jackie
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Young Hilary (as Keeley Flanders)
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Teena
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Margaret
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Professor Bentley
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British sisters Hilary du Pré and Jacqueline du Pré are both talented musicians, Hilary a flautist, Jackie a cellist. With regard to their musical prowess, they have always had a friendly competitive nature with each other, fueled in large part by the want of their pianist mother, Iris, for them to achieve musical greatness. But underlying this friendliness is a deep desire to be truly better than the other. Despite or perhaps in part because of her flamboyant performance style, the younger Jackie emerges from the shadows of older Hilary's more triumphant childhood successes to become the renowned musician in the family. Although both continue with their music and both end up marrying (Hilary to Kiffer Finzi, and Jackie to pianist Daniel Barenboim), Hilary focuses on her home life, whereas Jackie focuses on her career. A seemingly odd request by Jackie to Hilary is later understood, but Hilary's agreement to that request demonstrates the true nature of their loving but unusual ... Written by Huggo

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The true story of two sisters who shared a passion, a madness and a man. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 February 1999 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£161,538 (United Kingdom), 12 February 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,956, 3 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,874,838, 25 April 1999
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2.35 : 1
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Emily Watson actually learned to play the cello as a child so was a natural for the part of Jacqueline du Pré. She practiced so long and so intensively for the film that she would frequently make her fingers bleed. See more »

Goofs

We see Catalan cello master Pau Casals after a concert in Madrid in the early-1960s. But Pau Casals swore never to return to Spain from exile because Franco was still in power after the coup d'état and 1939's Spanish Civil War. Franco died in 1975, two years after Casals' own death in exile. See more »

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Hilary: If you think being an ordinary person is any easier than being an extraordinary one, you're wrong.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Concerto for Violoncello in C Major"
Written by Joseph Haydn
Excerpts played as part of the score
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Brilliant; 21 Awards; but factually flawed.
17 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

A superb film, on many levels. Any film that has won or was nominated for 21 awards must be worthwhile!

BUT - BE SURE TO READ the IMDB external reviews, viz. 'The Australian' and 'James Berardinelli's ReelViews'. These articles point out the factual errors (as well as praise).

I hope that this does not lessen the movie's greatness for you. It IS an excellent movie, sensitively done and a vehicle for health, family, sexual issues, etc.

Just don't take it as the absolute truth about Jacqueline du Pré. By the way, neither was the film 'Shine', about pianist David Helfgott.


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