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Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985)

This film presents scenes from the life of German composer George Frideric Handel in the style of a baroque opera. After the success of his London debut, Handel settles in England. He ... See full summary »

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Anna Ambrose

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Handel
Alan Devlin Alan Devlin ... Quin
Jean Rigby Jean Rigby ... Susannah Cibber
Christopher Benjamin ... Heidegger
Bernard Hepton ... The Bishop of London
Cyril Luckham ... The Archbishop of Canterbury
T.P. McKenna ... Swift
John Moffatt ... Steele
James Villiers ... Addison
Frederick Schiller Frederick Schiller ... Waltz
Jonathan Hyde ... Aaron Hill
Chris Barrie ... Pope
Hugh Grant ... Burlington
Pauline Jameson ... Dowager Countess
Miriam Margolyes ... Elephant & Castle
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This film presents scenes from the life of German composer George Frideric Handel in the style of a baroque opera. After the success of his London debut, Handel settles in England. He abandons aristocratic and royal patronage and throws himself on the mercy of the marketplace, having to deal with money worries and fickle audiences as well as fluctuating health. After the public rejects a string of his operas and a stroke nearly fells him, Handel embarks on a high-risk gamble for his 1742 oratorio "Messiah": he premieres the new work far from fashionable London and with a leading singer whose career is tainted by scandal. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Trivia

The actors playing George I and George II, John Abineri and Sebastian Abineri, actually are father and son. See more »

Soundtracks

Water Music - Minuet from Suite in G
Music by George Frideric Handel
Recorded by Erato
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

June 1985 (UK) See more »

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Spectre Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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