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- 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
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tom Hulce & F. Murray Abraham|
|Performer:||Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones, Karl-Heinz Teuber, Simon Callow & Vincent Schiavelli|
|Directed by||Milos Forman|
|Screenwriting by||Peter Shaffer|
|Composition by||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|Produced by||Saul Zaentz|
|Director of Photography:||Miroslav Ondricek|
|Executive Production by||Michael Hausman & Bertil Ohlsson|
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
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
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
Rating: 10/10 -- One of the best American films of the 1980s. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
...An unexpected and strangely moving spectacle...
Sight and Sound
I enjoyed the film despite all my objects about the representation of Mozart. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
A grand movie entertainment. Full Review
It’s great fun for those allergic to stuffy period pieces yet still has some meat to its narrative to go with the frills.
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.
Rivalry | Classical Music | Classic | Tragedy | Recommended | Character Study | Period Piece | Achievers | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- 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.
- Sales Rank: 23,115
- UPC: 883929089024
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