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      Hilary and Jackie

      1998, Biography/Drama, 2h 4m

      58 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Iris Du Pré (Celia Imrie) inspires a love of music -- and a healthy rivalry -- in her daughters, Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) and Jackie (Emily Watson). Cellist Jackie outshines her flutist sister when her skillful playing lands her in the international spotlight. Meanwhile, Hilary builds a quiet but happy family life. When Jackie buckles under mounting pressures in the high-stress world of elite classical musicians, she turns to Hilary for help, and may put her sister's love to the test.

      Cast & Crew

      Emily Watson
      Rachel Griffiths
      James Frain
      David Morrissey
      Charles Dance
      Celia Imrie
      Bill Paterson
      Auriol Evans
      Keeley Flanders
      Nyree Dawn Porter
      Vernon Dobtcheff
      Guy East
      Ruth Jackson
      Nigel Sinclair
      Iain Jones
      David Johnson
      Martin Walsh

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      • Jan 26, 2010
        The du Pre sisters played by a couple of fine performers. I imagine that sisters will get the most out of the experience but it I certainly enjoyed it.
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      • Aug 24, 2008
        Interesting biopic of two musical sisters. I don't follow the world of classical music, so I had never heard of Jackie du Pre. The movie does make you care for her and the waste of her life cut short by MS.
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      • Jan 12, 2008
        A modest, occasionally gorgeous bio pic with fantastic performances by Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths. The same story told twice device (pardon the rhyme) cleverly offers insight into Jackie's character. She's really not a self-involved bitch, she's understandably jealous of the simple life Hilary has going for her. It sounds rather obvious on paper, but it really comes through on film. I would have liked to learn more about Rachel Griffth's husband's character, but hey, there's not who the film chooses to focus on. Emily Watson is an amazing actress (see: Breaking the Waves) and she flaunts her stuff in a showy role, without overdoing it. To her credit, Rachel Griffiths plays her supporting role straight, and shines simply for taking the back seat.
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      • Dec 19, 2007
        Tries to coast by on a tremendous central performance but fails.
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