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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.



(original stage play), (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Papagena (as Lisabeth Bartlett)
Barbara Bryne ...
Martin Cavina ...
Young Salieri (as Martin Cavani)
Roderick Cook ...
Milan Demjanenko ...


Antonio Salieri believes that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity. Written by Khaled Salem

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The man... The music... The madness... The murder... The motion picture... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amadeus: The Director's Cut  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$86,764 (USA) (5 April 2002)


$51,600,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (director's cut)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was shot without the use of light bulbs or other modern lighting devices. See more »


Severals scenes show the use of stage smoke, which looks like it was created with dry ice. While dry ice was not achieved until the 1800s, stage smoke through other means is recorded to have been used for instance on the Globe Theater as early as in the 16th century. We might assume that the production crew used dry ice to portray the smoke to not foul up the sets with noxious smells from "genuine" 18th century stage smoke. See more »


[first lines]
Antonio Salieri: Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...
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Crazy Credits

"Amadeus" was originally a National Theater Production in London, then produced in America by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth I. McCann/Nelle Nugent and Roger Berlind. See more »


Referenced in The Taylor Predicament (1998) See more »


Introitus, Requiem Mass in D, K 626
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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User Reviews

A tale of talent, jealousy and tragedy
13 December 1998 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

F. Murray Abraham portrays Salieri, a hard working but mediocre composer driven mad by the arrival of a ``natural'' talent, Mozart (played by Tom Hulce) in a highly political environment. The movie provides some crucial insights into the motivations of the characters, and shows both a superficial image and reveals deeper truths (e.g. Mozart appears to party all the time, but is actually a very diligent worker). I am uncertain as to the historical accuracy, but this movie (i) was entertaining, (ii) inspired a greater love and knowledge of Mozart's Music, (iii) dramatized the undoing of a great talent by both external forces and his own weaknesses (iv) has great costumes and music and (v) has a great supporting cast.

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