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Hilary and Jackie (1998)

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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.

Director:

Anand Tucker

Writers:

Hilary du Pré (book), Piers du Pré (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Jackie Du Pré
Rachel Griffiths ... Hilary Du Pré
James Frain ... Daniel Barenboim
David Morrissey ... Kiffer Finzi
Charles Dance ... Derek Du Pré
Celia Imrie ... Iris Du Pré
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Piers Du Pré
Bill Paterson ... Cello Teacher
Auriol Evans Auriol Evans ... Young Jackie
Keylee Jade Flanders ... Young Hilary (as Keeley Flanders)
Grace Chatto Grace Chatto ... Teena
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Dame Margot Fonteyn
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Margaret
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Professor Bentley
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ... BBC Nabob
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Two sisters. Two lives. One Love... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilary y Jackie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,956, 3 January 1999

Gross USA:

$4,912,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,912,892
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When a Japanese newspaper is shown publicizing Jackie's performance, the headline above the photo actually reported that the Japanese budget had been approved by parliament. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Barenboim: Teaching can be just as rewarding as playing in its own way.
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Crazy Credits

The producers would like to thank: Peter Gelb, ... Michael Jackson, ... Kiffer Finzi ... See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

You Really Got Me
Written by Ray Davies (as Raymond D. Davies)
Published by Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd.
Used by permission
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An elegant production but not without its eccentricities.
3 May 2001 | by =G=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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