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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
James Frain ...
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)

Gross:

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

The film has never been released in France to avoid any litigation from the real life Daniel Barenboim. 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 »

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

Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

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Gigue
from "Suite No. 1 in G Major"
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpts played as part of the score
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Troubling and compelling
2 July 2006 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Jacqueline du Pre is remembered as the beautiful, genius cellist who tragically died of multiple sclerosis at a young age. But this film, though a biopic, avoids the easy conventions of the tear-jerker. Instead, it portrays a talented but capricious young woman who found her rise to fame as difficult to handle, in some ways, as her subsequent decline. Three things lift it out of the ordinary: fine acting from the entire cast; a concerted attempt, in the construction of both plot and soundtrack, to genuinely convey the importance of music in her life; and an intelligent screenplay that uses the viewpoint of her sister Hilary, along with that of Jackie herself, to show her behaviour in two different lights. The veracity of the events has been disputed; but this is a complex, and ultimately moving, film.


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