Amadeus R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 3, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1984
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Production Notes
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
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Directed by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1984 - Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Shaffer
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Costume Design
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Director: Milos Forman
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Makeup: Dick Smith
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1984 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

Total Count: 91


User Ratings: 179,970
Rating: 4/4 -- The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 4, 2014
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2013
Rating: 10/10 -- One of the best American films of the 1980s. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Mar 12, 2015
...An unexpected and strangely moving spectacle...
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 1985
I enjoyed the film despite all my objects about the representation of Mozart. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Mar 1, 2018
A grand movie entertainment. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 20, 2013
It’s great fun for those allergic to stuffy period pieces yet still has some meat to its narrative to go with the frills.
USA Today
Apr 8, 2021

Product Description:

In a lavish 18th century parlor in Austria, an elderly man is found, by his servant, with his throat slashed. The wound is self-inflicted, and the man is the little-known composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), contemporary and adversary of the now-famed, but once reviled, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Later, from his cell in an insane asylum, Salieri tells a priest (Herman Meckler) the story of his association with Mozart, confessing that he actually killed the brilliantly gifted but troubled young man. Based on the award-winning play by Peter Shaffer, Milos Forman's riveting, brilliant, Oscar-winning AMADEUS is a fictionalized account of the real-life mysterious death of Mozart. Abraham, in the role that won him the Best Actor Oscar, is the celebrated court composer to Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones)--his confidence and religious dedication shaken when he meets the boorish 26-year-old Mozart as he chases his future wife (Elizabeth Berridge) around a party while making obscene remarks. Furious that this clownish boy can produce such beautiful music, Salieri determines to keep Mozart's talent from lasting recognition and sets himself on a course for Mozart's destruction that leads to his own as well. Mozart continues to mount beautiful, moving operas (incredibly staged in the film), but becomes obsessed with writing a Requiem as his friends, family, health, and resources waste away, Salieri's manipulating presence always there. It is hard to imagine anyone--whether they are knowledgeable about classical music or not--who would not be held captive by this superb feast for the eyes and ears, a film whose excellence can be felt in every detail.


Production Notes:

  • Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
  • AMADEUS is number 53 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • The opera sets were designed by Josef Svoboda.
  • The staging of DON GIOVANNI in the film was shot at the Tyl Theater, the actual site where Mozart conducted the opera's premiere some 200 years earlier.
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