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Hilary And Jackie [DVD] [1999]

Emily Watson , Rachel Griffiths , Anand Tucker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey, Charles Dance
  • Directors: Anand Tucker
  • Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Hilary du Pré, Piers du Pré
  • Producers: Andy Paterson, Guy East, Nicolas Kent, Nigel Sinclair
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NW42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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It earned Oscar nods, yet this cinematic look at a genius--that of English cellist Jacqueline du Pré, who enraptured audiences with her bold, emblazoned and wholly unconventional playing style, and who died at age 42--was criticised for its "lapses" in truth by people who purportedly knew du Pré. Some of the controversy revolved around the other main character in Anand Tucker's gorgeous, involving movie--du Pré's sister, Hilary, whose book,A Genius in the Family (cowritten with brother Piers), dished some dirt on Jackie's sleeping with Hilary's husband. But don't let that deter you from this ebullient movie experience. Hilary and Jackie is a bisected story (each sister's tale is told in the same amount of screen time) teeming with heartfelt drama that belies the cheap shots it received from its detractors. It's stirring, reckless, loving, involving, and rife with unconventional passion; passion for music, life, art, and the delicate relationship between these two synchronous, extraordinary sisters as played by brilliant actors Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths (both of whom earned Oscar nods). Though Watson got the juicy, showy role as Jackie, it's Griffiths who provides the heart, soul, and spine of the film. And director Tucker has that gift of being able to explain through the visual medium what is happening inside of his character's heads. He's helped by a fine screenplay by Frank Boyce Cottrell. No matter what the truth of Hilary and Jackie might really be, this is an exceptional, rare film that is defined and graced by fine acting and writing. --Paula Nechak

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The true story of the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré (Emily Watson), focusing upon her turbulent relationship with her family. Sister Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) exhibits almost as much musical talent as a child, but decides to eschew fame for a more conventional life, marrying conductor Kiffer Kinzi (David Morrissey). Jackie, meanwhile, quickly rises through the ranks on the international concert circuit and becomes engaged to renowned pianist Daniel Barenboim (James Frain). However, at the pinnacle of Jackie's success, tragedy strikes - her fingers begin to numb, her ability to play diminishes, and her mental state becomes ever more precarious.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilary and Jackie 18 Jun 2011
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This film is based on the book written by the sister and brother of Jacqueline du Pre,the musical prodigy who was tragically struck down in her prime by multiple sclerosis.It is a difficult film to watch as it pulls no punches in describing relationships within the Du Pre family.It was heavily criticised at the time of release as friends of Jackie said that it portrayed an unfair picture of her.
Nevertheless the performances of the main protagonists are excellent and the viewer is certainly given plenty to think about.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best british films ever 2 May 2009
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This film is just stunning. Everything about it is beautiful. In case you don't know what it's about, it follows the story of the famous cellist - the late Jacqueline du Pré, up until she is tragically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and dies. I think all the actors are amazing - but Emily Watson (who plays Jackie) - who I think is consistently very believable and mesmerising, and often enchanting, and Rachel Griffiths (who plays Jackie's sister) who gives a sturdy memorable performance as often being in Jacqueline's shadow and clearly in emotional pain. I adore the music - particularly when Jackie plays the stunning Elgar's cello concerto, which is utterly moving, but I love the way the whole thing has been put together. This film is one that will stay with you and won't ever be forgotten, and also you will need your tissues, especially at one point in the film when Jackie is sitting in her wheelchair after the MS has made her a prisoner in her own body, and she can't play the cello anymore, and she listens to a record of her playing the Elgar cello concerto, and breaks down. It is incredibly moving and sad, and always brings the tears on for me. But don't let that put you off, please watch this film as it is truly one of the best films I've ever seen - if not the best.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS CLOSE AS TWO SISTERS CAN BE,,, 9 Jan 2003
This is an outstanding film with bravura performances by all the actors and actresses who grace it. Emily Watson is dazzling as world-renowned cellist, Jacqueline Du Pre, and Rachel Griffiths gives a heartwarming portrayal of Hilary, the more grounded Du Pre sister. British director Anand Tucker does a masterful job of capturing and exploring the often complex and symbiotic relationship between these two sisters, one of whom reaches heights in the music world of which most may only dream.
Most of the film is bifurcated in that it is told from the perspective of each of the sisters, with the same scenarios being viewed through the eyes of one sister at any given time. The film opens with a scene of the young sisters playing on the beach, with an enigmatic adult figure on the shore whom the younger of the sisters, Jackie, approaches. They speak, but what transpires between the young Jackie and this solitary figure is only made manifest at the conclusion of the film.
The viewer is then thrust into the Du Pre household, where it is clear that their lives revolve around music, with Jackie playing the cello and Hilary the flute. A pivotal moment in the film occurs when Hilary is invited to participate in a televised children's concert, and Jackie is not. Jackie is told by their mother that if she wishes to get such an invitation that she must play better.
This is an edict that Jackie takes to heart and adopts with abandon, becoming relentless in her devotion to the cello, until it is she, and not Hilary, who becomes the one in demand and the one to whom slavish attention is given. This is a portent of things to come. Therein lies the seed for the subtle rivalry that is to last their entire lives, though they remain as close as two sisters can be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film with a difference! 13 Mar 2004
I thought this was a beautifully presented and thought provoking rendition of the story of Hilary and Jackie. It is a dark story and is not for the faint hearted. It certainly stirs the mind and can be quite disturbing at times.
The film is split into two parts. One half of the film follows the life of Jackie and the other half follows the life of Hillary. It is very well done. And gives insight into the lives of these two musically gifted sisters.
Don't expect too much of a happy ending, best to watch this film with somebody as it left me crying at the end!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Many audiences and television viewers remember Jacqueline du Pre as the smiling, vivacious and beautiful lady with the flowing blonde hair and the cello firmly held between her legs completely lost in her music, eyes staring, unseeing, into the middle distance. A prodigious talent from her earliest years capable of stunning, note-perfect and evocative performances, apparently without too many hours of practice, she took the music world by storm, making many of the famous cello pieces her own and her performances touchstones for others to follow, often with her husband, Daniel Barenboim, another child prodigy.
This behind-the-scenes film sketches in a fuller picture, some of which is supported by biographical information but not necessarily in the way it is depicted, to create another life and not one necessarily wanted by lovers of her music.
To see an ordinary individual overwhelmed by multiple-sclerosis (MS) is heart-rending and moving enough but to witness such a world-renowned and respected talent succumb to MS and see the certainty of movement reduced to uncontrolled shudders and the purity of sound into discordant scrapes, is enough to reduce the toughest viewers to tears. Great credit to the team film-makers and actors.
A quality film worth watching but be prepared to be swept along in a maelstrom of your deepest emotions as it takes you into the highs and lows of a memorable life but one which highlights the uncertain and fragile nature of human existence. "Carpe diem".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate portrayal of one of the most mesmeric musicians England has...
Controversial when it came out, but is an accurate reflection of the book written by the sister & brother. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anybody that likes classical music
It gives an insight behind the decors onto musicians' life and world. With a romance of famous director and pianist Barenboim.
A true story (biography).
Published 6 months ago by Mr. T. Molnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant movie, cast and director.
I would say that as I worked on this film in it's entirety. Filmed throughout sunny Liverpool in the depths of winter by a crew and cast of hard working folk it was a joy, mainly,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by m x pettifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Great music, good period detail, very strong love between sisters, sad effects of a terrible illness. There is nothing I did not like in this film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by oyarzun
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film.
Tragic Tale of Hilary and Jackie Du Prey, two virtuoso Musicians, and Lifes and Loves, and Ultimate Fate. Helps if you love Elgars Cello Concerto in C Minor. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen O'Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite film-ever
Published 15 months ago by KATHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
The best film I have seen in ages. Superb acting of an extremely difficult role from the amazingly talented Emily Watson. BUY IT!
Published 16 months ago by margole
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend disbelief and enjoy
An interesting take on Jacqueline du Pre's life; hard to believe some of the scenes - (though I know the broad account was taken from her brother and sister's biography) Daniel... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kristi-mitzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilary and Jackie
An extraordinary account of an extraordinary musician and performer.
An excellent portrayal of Jacqueline du Pre and the music is sensational.
Published 17 months ago by kaytee
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilary
I found it ok. It is worth buying it if you like the genre. Also good for the money invested and the delivery. If you like classical music and biographies is a must.
Published 18 months ago by Brother Jung
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