Hilary and Jackie

Synopsis: British sisters Hilary du Pré and Jacqueline du Pré are both talented musicians, Hilary a flautist, Jackie a cellist. With regard to their musical prowess, they have always had a friendly competitive nature with each other, fueled in large part by the want of their pianist mother, Iris, for them to achieve musical greatness. But underlying this friendliness is a deep desire to be truly better than the other. Despite or perhaps in part because of her flamboyant performance style, the younger Jackie emerges from the shadows of older Hilary's more triumphant childhood successes to become the renowned musician in the family. Although both continue with their music and both end up marrying (Hilary to Kiffer Finzi, and Jackie to pianist Daniel Barenboim), Hilary focuses on her home life, whereas Jackie focuses on her career. A seemingly odd request by Jackie to Hilary is later understood, but Hilary's agreement to that request demonstrates the true nature of their loving but unusual sisterly
Director(s): Anand Tucker
Production: October Films
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min


Yes. I'll get her.

Yes. I'll tell her.

All right. Bye.

I've got a message

for you.

A secret one.

When I was but 13 or so,

I went into a golden land.

Cimbarozo Cotopaxi

took me by the hand!

Over the Orinoco...

across the blazing

Kalahari desert...

through the untamed

grasslands of the veldt.

What is it?

What did she say?

What did

she say that for?

It's all right.

I don't mind.

Everything's going

to be all right.

hilary & jackie

Hils, wake up.

Mummy's made a new song

for us to play.

B-flat. Listen.

Big waves...

rolling in 3/4 time.

When you hear me change

to the major chord,

I want you to dive down

under the sea.

Dive down

under the waves.

You're just

silvery fishes

swimming in and out

of the seaweed

in 6/8 time.

And... watch out,

here comes the shark!

"Dear Mrs. Du Pr,

"we are planning

"to broadcast

a children's performance

"of the toy symphony by..."


Very good.

"We would be delighted

if you would conduct

"and if your daughter


would agree to play

the flute part."

It's from the BBC.

Jolly good.

Jolly good.

Well done,


Ha ha.

What about me?

If you practice hard enough,

maybe next time.

But I want to come

this time.

I want to be

with Hilary.

Couldn't she just

come along for the ride?

It's an orchestra, Derek,

not a Clapham omnibus.

Jackie, that is quite

uncalled for!

You're spoiling

Hilary's special day.

If Jackie can't come,

I won't go.

Follow the score, girl.

Don't gawp at the soloist.

I really can't

apologize enough.

Oh, not at all.

Worth any amount

of trouble

to get

young Hilary.

She's really

very special.

Yes, I realize that.

Your sister's

a remarkable girl.

You must be

very proud.

Oh, we all are.

Terribly proud.


I am never going to go through

anything like that again.

If you want to be with Hilary,

you have to play as well as her.

If you want

to be together,

you've got to be

equally good.

Do you understand?




So I should think

we should leave some

money on the doorstep

for the burglar to take

so he wouldn't get in


What do you think?

well, I think...

And the first prize

goes to the Du Pr sisters,

Jacqueline and Hilary.

Well done!

One for you.

One for you.

Shall I take that

for you?

In the woodwind category...

a very clear winner...

with the highest number

of points ever awarded

in this section

at this festival...

Hilary Du Pr.

Come along.

We had no difficulty at all

in choosing the winner

in the string section,

even though we were

a little unnerved

by the candidate's rather...

over emphatic

bodily movements.

I think this must be

the first time

that our winning soloists

have been sisters.

The judges were unanimous

in choosing

miss Jacqueline Du Pr.

Ladies and gentlemen,

we have many more awards,

so I beg for you all

to sit down just...

She does move about

a bit.

She looks like one of

these Bobby Soxer types.

I must say that's my fault.

They did a lot of music

and movement

when they were younger.

Excuse me. Can I have

a picture, please?

Yeah, you, too, sir.

That's lovely. Yeah.

Nice big smiles.

Hils! Hils!

Come over.

Is this one of yours?

Does she play?

Oh, yes.

Hilary won as well,

didn't you, dear?

We can have

a family portrait.


Could you hold your flute

up where I can see it?

Smile then.

Your sister's

a remarkable girl.

You must be very proud.

Oh, yes, we are.

Terribly proud.

Smile then!

Well, then...

be good.

We'll collect you

in an hour.

Be good.



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