Great Mr. Handel

DVD Release: March 16, 2004
Great Mr. Handel


This film is the story of composer Handel’s later life, the events leading up to the composing of his masterpiece “Messiah.” During his early years in London, Handel had enjoyed the King’s patronage and people flocked to the theatres to see his operas. But fashionable society turned against him. Plagued by financial worries and ill health, and abandoned by almost everyone except those closest to him, Handel shut himself away and worked day and night on “Messiah.”

Dove Review

Set in the latter years of composer Georg Friedrich Handel’s life. This film portrays the struggle of his increasing financial distress and failing health amidst an unrelenting desire to create and share beautiful music.

For years Handel had enjoyed the patronage of the King of England at his operas in London. People had flocked to theatres to see his music performed. But over time the King and those in fashionable society began to turn against him, and Handel found himself abandoned by almost everyone except a few treasured companions. The wrenching pain of rejection and its loneliness ate away at his soul and he became reclusive, weak and ill. The music of the master became silent.

It was amidst this lowest point in his life that he composed a masterpiece for the ages: “Handel’s Messiah.” Diligence, fervor, dedication and friendship are themes which permeate the entire film. Handel’s creativity and the passion by which he created his music was an inspiration to those who knew him and still inspires people today. “The Great Mr. Handel” is a fascinating portrayal of one of the world’s greatest composers, and we are happy to approve it for ages 12+.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Mild sexual innuendos.
Language: D-2.
Violence: Implied intent to throw someone off a 2nd story balcony.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: L. du Garde Peach
Director: Norman Walker
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 110 min.
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens