Hilary and Jackie 1998

Hilary and Jackie

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

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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
Jacqueline 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
Bill Paterson
Cello Teacher
Auriol Evans
Young Jackie
Keeley Flanders
Young Hilary
Hilary du Pré
Writer
Piers du Pré
Writer
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Writer (Screenplay)
Guy East
Executive Producer
Ruth Jackson
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Iain Jones
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Critic Reviews for Hilary and Jackie

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Audience Reviews for Hilary and Jackie

  • 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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