Hilary and Jackie

1998

Hilary and Jackie

Critics Consensus

Brilliant performances, lush cinematography, and complex storytelling deserve audience's attention.

88%

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Total Count: 58

83%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,572
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The touching and incredible true story of Jacqueline and Hilary du Pre, the gifted musical sisters who grew up in England in the 1950's. Written and produced as a tribute to Jackie, the story traces her rapid rise to international fame and the devastating consequences it had on her and those she loved. Jacqueline du Pre was arguably the greatest prodigy of the 20th Century. She dazzled audiences around the world with the unbridled passion and beauty of her music. While her sister Hilary married and began a family at home, Jackie and her husband, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, traveled and performed around the world. Although the couple was treated as musical royalty, the constant touring became a tremendous strain on Jackie who longed for the simpler life that her sister built. Arriving at Hilary's home for an unannounced visit, Jackie, lonely and desperate, leaned on her sister expecting and demanding the unthinkable.

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Cast

Emily Watson
as Jacqueline Du Pre
Rachel Griffiths
as Hilary Du Pre
David Morrissey
as Kiffer Finzi
James Frain
as Daniel Barenboim
Charles Dance
as Derek Du Pre
Celia Imrie
as Iris Du Pre
Rupert Penry-Jones
as Piers Du Pre
Bill Paterson
as Jackie's Cello Teacher
Keeley Flanders
as Young Hilary
Auriol Evans
as Young Jackie
Nyree Dawn Porter
as Dame Margot Fonteyn
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Professor Bentley
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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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Joey N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2007
    Tries to coast by on a tremendous central performance but fails.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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