• Hilary and Jackie (1999)

Hilary and Jackie

Release Date: January 15th, 1999

DVD Release Date: July 20th, 1999

R |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

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: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey, Charles Dance, Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Bill Paterson

Director: Anand Tucker

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: British Screen Productions, Intermedia Films, Arts Council of England, Channel Four Films

Distributors: October Films

Keywords: Inspiring, London, Growing up, Rivalry, Emotional, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie makes no attempt to soften the material or make it comforting through the cliches of melodrama. show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Emily Watson is ravishingly good -- and brings an amazing focus and intensity to what could have been a disease-of-the-week picture. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)