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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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Hilary Du Pré
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Daniel Barenboim
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Kiffer Finzi
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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
Auriol Evans ...
Young Jackie
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Young Hilary (as Keeley Flanders)
Grace Chatto ...
Teena
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Maggie McCarthy ...
Margaret
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Professor Bentley
Anthony Smee ...
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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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Two sisters. Two lives. One Love... 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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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,956 (USA) (1 January 1999)

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$4,874,838 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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Trivia

The lines, "...O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, / How can we know the dancer from the dance?", are from the poem, 'Among School Children' by William Butler Yeats. See more »

Goofs

In the Russian newspaper the title above the Jackie's photo states "About Lenin, about October" See more »

Quotes

Hilary: If you think being an ordinary person is any easier than being an extraordinary one, you're wrong.
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Connections

Referenced in I Give It a Year (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in E Minor, Opus 85
Written by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
Performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Jacqueline du Pré (cello)
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Published by Novello & Company Limited, London
Excerpts of a live performance tape played in three sections of the movie
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An elegant production but not without its eccentricities.
3 May 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Hilary and Jackie" tells of two sisters who share a love of classical music and each other but take contrasting paths through adult life. A much lauded film worthy of its critical acclaim, "H&J" does have a peculiar twice-told tale approach to its presentation which tends to make it interesting but so complex as to dilute its effectiveness. Nonetheless, this British film with a typically "stiff upper lip" approach to its sentimentality, is well shot, scripted, and acted. A good watch which will be a little "over the top" for many.


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