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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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The true story of two sisters who shared a passion, a madness and a man. 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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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:

£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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

Jackie du Pré: I'll play the fucking triangle, I just want to make music again!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Rachel Griffiths in Conversation (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

D Minor Suite for Flute, Strings
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpts played as part of the score
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Wow - Heavy subject, but worth it!
10 April 2001 | by mikehamiltonSee all my reviews

This heavy subject matter is so well done, it left me wanting more! The acting is superb. I have always loved Rachel Griffiths and she doesn't let the viewer down in this one either. She pulls this one off fantastically and IS Hilary du Pré! Emily Watson's performance is unbelievable and should have been recognized with a multitude of awards. It is amazing how well she acts in this. One truly believes that SHE has Multiple Sclorosis. I was amazed at how well she played the scenes. I just can't say enough about this film. I highly recommend that if you want quality writing and acting and are prepared for some realistic yet somewhat disturbing subject matter about life, RENT this film!


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