Hilary and Jackie

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Overview

Perhaps inspired by the success of biopics like Shine and Amadeus, this film based on a true story -- and a book (entitled A Genius in the Family) -- also focuses on the destructive forces of being a musical genius. Hilary and Jacqueline du Pré are gifted sisters who grow up in England in the 1950s and compete for musical accolades and love. Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) is a talented flutist, but it's her younger sister, Jackie (Breaking the Waves' Emily Watson), who is the musical "genius" cellist. The film follows...
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Overview

Perhaps inspired by the success of biopics like Shine and Amadeus, this film based on a true story -- and a book (entitled A Genius in the Family) -- also focuses on the destructive forces of being a musical genius. Hilary and Jacqueline du Pré are gifted sisters who grow up in England in the 1950s and compete for musical accolades and love. Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) is a talented flutist, but it's her younger sister, Jackie (Breaking the Waves' Emily Watson), who is the musical "genius" cellist. The film follows their sibling rivalry in musical competition and romance. Though extremely close as children, it is younger sister Jackie who eventually becomes the international star, marrying top pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. Hilary marries her true love, Kiffer Finzi (David Morrissey), and settles in a beautiful country home with her two children. But who is jealous of whom? Hilary receives an unexpected visit from Jackie, asking her sister for a chance to live a normal life and to sleep with Kiffer. Later, Jackie suffers from multiple sclerosis, and the sisters strive to repair the emotional damage of their long-standing rivalry.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen & full screen formats; Production featurette; Theatrical trailer; Cast & filmmakers biographies and filmographies; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Anand Tucker's first major feature film, Hilary and Jackie, is the real-life story of England's du Pré sisters. Siblings Hilary du Pré and Piers du Pré's memoir, A Genius in the Family, provided the original account from which she penned this interesting and insightful journey into the minds of two sisters -- one who is extremely talented and well-known and another who is more "ordinary." A film that is essentially a character study requires performances that overtake the audience, and Emily Watson as Jacqueline and Rachel Griffins as Hilary both shine with the intensity their roles require of them. If a true-life story encourages its audience to investigate and gain further insight into the characters it portrays -- as this film does -- it has done its job well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192279720
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,773

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Watson Jacqueline Du Pre
Rachel Griffiths Hilary Du Pre
James Frain Daniel Barenboim
David Morrissey Kiffer Finzi
Charles Dance Derek Du Pre
Celia Imrie Iris Du Pre
Rupert Penry-Jones Piers Du Pre
Bill Paterson Cello Teacher
Auriol Evans Young Jackie
Keeley Flanders Young Hilary
Nyree Dawn Porter Margot Fonteyn
Vernon Dobtcheff Professor Bentley
Technical Credits
Anand Tucker Director
Frank Cottrell Boyce Screenwriter
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Guy East Executive Producer
Simone Ireland Casting
Ruth Jackson Executive Producer
David Johnson Cinematographer
Nicholas Kent Producer
Alice Normington Production Designer
Andy Paterson Producer
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Barrington Pheloung Score Composer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Rupert Ryle-Hodges Asst. Director
Timothy R. Sexton Consultant/advisor
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Martin Walsh Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Hilary & Jackie
2. The Holiday Song
3. Festival of Music
4. Jackie's Gift
5. Wedding Performance
6. Back to the Beginning
7. Kiffer Finzi
8. A New Life
9. Musical Royalty
10. Asking the Unthinkable
11. A Sister's Love
12. Jackie's Asked to Leave
13. On the Road
14. Feeling Special
15. Losing Control
16. Diagnosis
17. Making Music Again
18. Alone & Frustrated
19. Soul Mates
20. Closing Credits
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Hilary & Jackie
2. The Holiday Song
3. Festival of Music
4. Jackie's Gift
5. Wedding Performance
6. Back to the Beginning
7. Kiffer Finzi
8. A New Life
9. Musical Royalty
10. Asking the Unthinkable
11. A Sister's Love
12. Jackie's Asked to Leave
13. On the Road
14. Feeling Special
15. Losing Control
16. Diagnosis
17. Making Music Again
18. Alone & Frustrated
19. Soul Mates
20. Closing Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages
         English Dolby Surround
         English 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles
         French
         None
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Featurette
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Emily Watson (Jacqueline Du Pré)
         Rachel Griffiths (Hilary Du Pré)
         Anand Tucker (Director)
   Chapters
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages
         English Dolby Surround
         English 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles
         French
         None
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Featurette
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Emily Watson (Jacqueline Du Pré)
         Rachel Griffiths (Hilary Du Pré)
         Anand Tucker (Director)
   Chapters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thought Provoking

    With an impressive career and a family to confirm her past, it's almost sad that this movie doesn't help create a better picture of Jacquline. She's almost portrayed as a lunatic cellist that can't seem to grasp the world that's around her and her cello. Her character, played by an amzing talented actress, creates an almost unrealistic character. Research and read biographies (sold her at BN.com) about Jacquline and discover she wanted love, repsect, and was well mannered unlike the movie sets her up as. Please be mindful that this is a movie production on a section of her history that had to correlate for movie money....they wanted a story that would sell a "crazy child-like musician" in order to sell in movie producers eyes. Despite all that, enjoy the live music from (the actual) Jacquline's recordings and the talented actress that seems to be actually playing the Elgar Concerto in the film. Live through the hardship and heartaching discovery of Jacquline's MS, that she tried so hard to ignore in order to do what she loved the most... perform with her cello, the orchestra, the conductor and was for her audience...you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rachael Griffths Rocks!

    Very well acted, interesting story. Very depressing ending.

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