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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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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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Dame Margot Fonteyn
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:

£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: I've given you everything. Every since we were little, everything you've asked for I've said yes. Jackie listen. Jackie... Jackie... I'm sorry.
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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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Technically Beautiful with Great Performances
1 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

"Hilary and Jackie" is a film technically beautiful, with magnificent cinematography and music score and top-notch performances, highlighting the lead actresses Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths. However the screenplay telling the personal life of Jacqueline du Pré from the perpectives of each sister does not work well. Jacqueline du Pré is depicted as a selfish and spoiled woman and it is impossible to the viewer to care to the character shown in the film. Consequently the film has no feelings despite the performance of Emily Watson and looks like a tragic soap-opera. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Hilary and Jackie"


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