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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 »

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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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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

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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Crazy Credits

A live recording of one of Jacqueline du Pre's performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, was used in three scenes in this film. All of the other music was specially recorded. See more »

Connections

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

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Prelude
from "Suite No. 1 in G Major"
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Strange Sisterhood
29 May 2000 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

Hilary and Jackie is a biographical film about two contemporary English sisters, Hilary and Jacqueline du Pré. Both are musical prodigies as children, but as they mature into women, it is Jackie, the cellist, who moves on to international fame, while Hilary opts for husband and family on an English farm.

The film covers the complex, and troubling relationship between the two sisters, and Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths give brilliant performances in the title roles. What was the Academy thinking when they were both passed over? And the music! It's always in the forefront, and helps move the story as much as the actors and screenplay.

Not to be missed, this is one of the more enjoyable (although not uplifting) movies of 1998. Well worth the cost of the rental.


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