Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Front Cover Actor
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
Movie Details
Director Anand Tucker
Language English
Running Time 124 mins
Country USA
Color Color
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. — Arthur Borman
Personal Details
Seen It No
Index 135
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1