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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

F. Murray Abraham ... Antonio Salieri

Tom Hulce ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Elizabeth Berridge ... Constanze Mozart

Roy Dotrice ... Leopold Mozart

Simon Callow ... Emanuel Schikaneder

Christine Ebersole ... Katerina Cavalieri

Jeffrey Jones ... Emperor Joseph II

Charles Kay ... Count Orsini-Rosenberg

Kenneth McMillan ... Michael Schlumberg (2002 Director's Cut)

Kenny Baker ... Parody Commendatore
Lisbeth Bartlett ... Papagena (as Lisabeth Bartlett)
Barbara Bryne ... Frau Weber
Martin Cavina ... Young Salieri (as Martin Cavani)
Roderick Cook ... Count Von Strack
Milan Demjanenko ... Karl Mozart
Peter DiGesu ... Francesco Salieri
Richard Frank ... Father Vogler
Patrick Hines ... Kappelmeister Bonno
Nicholas Kepros ... Archbishop Colloredo
Philip Lenkowsky ... Salieri's Servant
Herman Meckler ... Priest
Jonathan Moore ... Baron Van Swieten

Cynthia Nixon ... Lorl

Brian Pettifer ... Hospital Attendant

Vincent Schiavelli ... Salieri's Valet

Douglas Seale ... Count Arco
Miroslav Sekera ... Young Mozart

Cassie Stuart ... Gertrude Schlumberg (2002 Director's Cut) (as Cassie Stewart)
John Strauss ... Conductor

Karl-Heinz Teuber ... Wig Salesman

Rita Zohar ... Frau Schlumberg (2002 Director's Cut)
Miro Grisa ... Figaro in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Helena Cihelnikova ... Countess in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Karel Gult ... Count Almaviva in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Zuzana Kadlecova ... Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Magda Celakovska ... Cherubino in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Slavena Drasilova ... Barbarina in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Eva Senková ... Marcellina in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Leos Kratochvil ... Basilio in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Gino Zeman ... Don Curzio in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
Janoslav Mikulín ... Dr. Bartolo in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (as Jarolsav Mikulin)
Ladislav Krecmer ... Antonio in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (as Ladislav Kretschmer)

Karel Fiala ... Don Giovanni in 'Don Giovanni'
Jan Blazek ... Commendatore in 'Don Giovanni'
Zdenek Jelen ... Leporello in 'Don Giovanni'
Milada Cechalova ... Queen of the Night in 'The Magic Flute'

John Carrafa ... Dancer
Sara Clifford ... Dancer
Richard Colton ... Dancer
Shelley Freydont ... Dancer
Anne Glasner ... Dancer
Barbara Hoom ... Dancer
Mary Kellogg ... Dancer
Raymond Kurshals ... Dancer
John Malashock ... Dancer
Jennifer Rawe ... Dancer
Tom Rawe ... Dancer (as Thomas Rawe)
William Whitener ... Dancer

Hana Brejchová ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Hana Brejchova)
Miriam Chytilová ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Miriam Chytilova)

Karel Effa ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Radka Fiedlerová ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Radka Fiedlerova)
Rene Gabzdyl ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Karel Hábl ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Karel Habl)
Atka Janousková ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Atka Janouskova)
Marta Jarolimkova ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Gabriela Krckova ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Vladimir Krousky ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Jirí Krytinár ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Jiri Krtinar)
Radka Kucharova ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Jan Kuzelka ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Jirí Lír ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Lenka Loubalová ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Lenka Loubalova)
Dagmar Maskova ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Dagmar Maskov)
Ladislav Mikes ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Jitka Molavcová ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Jitka Molavcova)
Jana Musilová ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Vojtech Nalezenec ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Pavel Nový ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Pavel Novy)
Jiri Opsatko ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Jan Pohan ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Therese Herz ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Tereza Pokorna)
Ivan Pokorny ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Milan Riehs ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Iva Sebkova ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Zdenek Sklenar ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Renata Vackova ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Jiri Vancura ... Czechoslovakian Actor

Dana Vávrová ... Czechoslovakian Actor (as Dana Vavrova)
Petra Vogelova ... Czechoslovakian Actor
Josef Zeman ... Czechoslovakian Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Anderson ... Queen of the Night in 'The Magic Flute' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Isobel Buchanan ... Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Michele Esposito ... Salieri's Student (uncredited)
Gillian Fisher ... Papagena in 'The Magic Flute' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Anne Howells ... Cherubino in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Brian Kay ... Papageno in 'The Magic Flute' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Robin Leggate ... Don Curzio in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Felicity Lott ... Countess in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Zdenek Mahler ... Cardinal (uncredited)
Suzanne Murphy ... Cavalieri in 'Axur' / Constanza in 'Abduction from the Seraglio' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Alexander Oliver ... Basilio in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Payne ... Marcellina in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Samuel Ramey ... Figaro in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Deborah Rees ... Barbarina in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Richard Stilwell ... Count Almaviva in 'The Marriage of Figaro' / Don Giovanni in 'Don Giovanni' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Vladimír Svitácek ... Pope Clement (uncredited)
John Tomlinson ... Dr. Bartolo in 'The Marriage of Figaro' / Commendatore in 'Don Giovanni' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Willard White ... Antonio in 'The Marriage of Figaro' / Leporello in 'Don Giovanni' (singing voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Milos Forman 
Writing credits
Peter Shaffer (original stage play)

Peter Shaffer (original screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Hausman .... executive producer
Bertil Ohlsson .... executive producer
Saul Zaentz .... producer
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography) (as Miroslav Ondricek)
Film Editing by
Michael Chandler (edited by)
T.M. Christopher (2002 director's cut)
Nena Danevic (edited by)
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Art Direction by
Karel Cerný  (as Karel Cerny)
Costume Design by
Theodor Pistek (costume design)
Christian Thuri (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Frantisek Cizek .... makeup artist: Czechoslovakia
Vlasta Hajkova .... makeup artist: Czechoslovakia
Paul LeBlanc .... makeup designer
Paul LeBlanc .... wig designer
Jiri Simon .... makeup artist: Czechoslovakia
Dick Smith .... makeup: old Salieri
Karl-Heinz Teuber .... makeup assistant
Alena Sedova .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bobo Sobotka .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
James Fee .... production manager: Italy
Ronald Jacobs .... post-production supervisor (as Ronald A. Jacobs)
Robert Marty .... post-production supervisor (2002 director's cut)
Václav Rouha .... production manager: Czechoslovakia (as Vaclav Rouha)
Jan Balzer .... production manager (uncredited)
Vaclav Eisenhamer .... unit manager (uncredited)
Katerina Schauerová .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hausman .... first assistant director
Jan Kubista .... assistant director: Czechoslovakia
Petr Makovicka .... assistant director: Czechoslovakia
Tommaso Mottola .... second assistant director: Italy
Jan Schmidt .... second unit director: Czechoslovakia
Tomás Tintera .... assistant director: Czechoslovakia (as Tomas Tintera)
Zdenek Fiala .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mirek Lux .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bedrich Cermák .... property master: Czechoslovakia (as Bedrich Cermak)
Jaroslav Cesal .... property master: Czechoslovakia
Francesco Chianese .... art director: Italy
Josef Hrabusicky .... set designer assistant: Czechoslovakia
Karel Koci .... property master: Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Lehman .... property assistant: Czechoslovakia
Vladimir Macha .... property assistant: Czechoslovakia
Boris Ondrusek .... set designer assistant: Czechoslovakia
Michael Ross .... property master
Josef Svoboda .... designer: opera sets
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... sound effects editor
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... assistant sound editor (as Sandina Bailo)
Tom Bellfort .... sound effects editor
David Franklin Bergad .... dialogue editor: 2002 director's cut (as David Bergad)
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jay Boekelheide .... sound effects editor
Todd Boekelheide .... re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor
Tomas Cervenka .... sound department: Czechoslovakia (as Tomas Cervenze)
T.M. Christopher .... assistant sound editor
David Dresher .... assistant sound editor
Piotr Filipowski .... sound effects editor: 2002 director's cut
Jan Friedrich .... sound department: Czechoslovakia
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... supervising dialogue editor
Chris Gridley .... assistant sound editor (2002 director's cut and remix) (as Christopher Gridley)
Nathan Gunn .... assistant sound editor: 2002 director's cut
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
Danny Kopelson .... foley engineer
Victor Livingston .... dialogue editor
Laura Louis .... assistant sound editor
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Marnie Moore .... foley artist: 2002 director's cut
John Morris .... apprentice sound editor
Christopher Newman .... sound recordist (as Chris Newman)
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor: 2002 director's cut
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist: 2002 director's cut
Jesse Osborne .... foley engineer
David Parker .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Diana Pellegrini .... foley artist
Tomas Potucek .... sound department: Czechoslovakia
E. Jeane Putnam .... assistant sound editor (as Jeane Putnam)
Vaclav Reznicek .... sound department: Czechoslovakia
Frank Rinella .... foley recordist: 2002 director's cut
Philip Rogers .... 70mm sound restoration
Paige Sartorius .... apprentice sound editor
Thomas Scott .... re-recording mixer (as Tom Scott)
B.J. Sears .... sound editor
Milan Sodomka .... sound department: Czechoslovakia
Ivo Spalj .... sound department: Czechoslovakia
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Stephen Sutter .... assistant sound editor (as Stephen J. Sutter)
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor: 2002 director's cut
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jaroslav Velim .... sound department: Czechoslovakia
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Gene Radzik .... Dolby consultant: 2002 director's cut (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dave Case .... special effects rigger (as David Case)
Bill Cohen .... special effects
Ian Corbould .... special effects
Neil Corbould .... special effects
Paul Corbould .... special effects
Gordon Coxon .... special effects (as Gordon Coxen)
Steve Crawley .... special effects
Gary Evans .... special effects rigger
Ricky Farns .... special effects (as Rick Farns)
Dave Garrett .... special effects
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (as Jim Harris)
Garth Inns .... special effects
Ian Lowe .... special effects rigger
Ian Luke .... special effects rigger
Kevin Mathews .... special effects rigger (as Kevin Matthews)
Kevin Mathews .... special effects (as Kevin Matthews)
Brian Smithies .... special effects
Kevin Welch .... special effects rigger
Alan Whibley .... special effects rigger
Visual Effects by
Thomas Baker .... motion control (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... assistant camera operator (as J. Bawden)
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Robert Connors .... best boy (as Bobby Conners)
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
Miroslav Cvorsjuk .... camera assistant: Czechoslovakia
Malcolm Evans .... genny operator
Tom Gilligan .... key grip (as Thomas Gilligan)
John Gott .... electrician
James Halligan .... grip
Robert Horne .... assistant camera operator (as Bob Horne)
Kamil Kaderábek .... second cameraman: Czechoslovakia (as Emil Kaderabek)
Billy Kerwick .... grip (as William Kerwick)
Jaromír Komárek .... still photographer (as Jaromír Komarek)
Jirí Krejcík Jr. .... camera assistant: Czechoslovakia (as Jiri Krejcik)
Michal Krob .... third cameraman: Czechoslovakia
Antonin Marik .... focus puller: Czechoslovakia
René Michalicka .... gaffer: Czechoslovakia
Yves Nolleau .... steadicam operator
Tom Priestley Jr. .... first camera operator
Miroslav Ptack .... best boy: Czechoslovakia (as Miroslav Ptacek)
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Lubos Simecek .... grip: Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Sinkule .... grip: Czechoslovakia
Jirí Zavrel .... camera assistant: Czechoslovakia (as Jiri Zavrel)
Andy Arnautov .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Petr Hlinomaz .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting: London
Mary Goldberg .... casting: New York and Hollywood
David Rubin .... casting associate
Bonnie Timmermann .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fabrizio Caracciolo .... costume coordinator
Pauline Doran .... assistant costume coordinator
Zuzana Máchová .... wardrobe: Czechoslovakia
Iveta Trmalova .... wardrobe: Czechoslovakia (as Yveta Trmalova)
Alex Winslow .... assistant costume coordinator
Beth Zaentz .... assistant costume coordinator
Frantisek Zapletal .... wardrobe: Czechoslovakia
Sarka Zrostlikova .... wardrobe: Czechoslovakia
Vera Mirová .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Teresa Book .... assistant film editor
Rick Finney .... apprentice editor
Tim Fox .... assistant film editor (2002 director's cut)
Magdalena Hajkova .... assistant location editor: Czechoslovakia
Bob Hart .... negative cutter (2002 director's cut)
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Miroslav Hájek .... location editor: Czechoslovakia (as Miroslav Hajek)
Michael Magill .... assistant film editor
Debra McDermott .... associate film editor
Donald Ord .... assistant film editor (2002 director's cut)
Craig A. Patterson .... apprentice film editor (as Craig Patterson)
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer (2002 director's cut)
Jules Roman .... assistant film editor (as Julie Roman)
Josh Zaentz .... apprentice film editor (as Joshua Zaentz)
Location Management
Paolo Fabbri .... location manager: Italy
Ken Tuohy .... location manager
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music editor
Laszlo Heltay .... conductor: Academy Chorus of St Martin In The Fields
Ling Ling Li .... assistant music editor: 2002 director's cut
Zdenek Mahler .... special music consultant
Neville Marriner .... conductor (as Sir Neville Marriner)
Neville Marriner .... music supervisor (as Sir Neville Marriner)
John McCarthy .... conductor: Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart .... uncredited
Simon Preston .... conductor: The Choristers of Westminster Abbey
Robert Randles .... music editor: 2002 director's cut
John Strauss .... music coordinator
Jonas Thaler .... assistant music editor (as Jon Thaler)
Marc Grauwels .... conductor: The Brussels Virtuosi (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jiri Bauer .... driver: Czechoslovakia
Jiri 'George' Fictum .... driver: Czechoslovakia (as Jiri Fictum)
Burkhardt Gaertke .... international air transportation
Jaroslav Kindl .... driver: Czechoslovakia
Pavel Turek .... driver: Czechoslovakia
Vladimir Vesely .... driver: Czechoslovakia
Other crew
James Austin .... staff: Film Center
Jerry Beasley .... staff: Film Center
Roger Berlind .... play producer: America, The Shubert Organization
John L. Brenneis .... staff: Film Center
Leon Briggs .... laboratory consultant (2002 director's cut)
Letizia Bucci-Casari .... production assistant: Italy
Loren Byer .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Alice B. Caldwell .... staff: Film Center
Frank Canonica .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Philip Carroll .... title design
Vince Casper .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Zdena Cerná .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia (as Zdena Cerna)
Amanda Chan .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Scott Chandler .... staff: Film Center
Luis Colina .... staff: Film Center
Nancy Eichler .... assistant: Saul Zaentz
Vaclav Eisenhamer .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia (as Vaclav Eisenhammer)
Grant Foerster .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Zdena Fojtlova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Milos Forman .... supervisor (2002 director's cut)
Anna Geyer .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Deborah Guardian .... assistant: Milos Forman
Anne Gyory .... script supervisor
Miloslav Halik .... piano coach: Czechoslovakia
Ruth Hasty .... staff: Film Center
Jana Hauserova .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia
Cathy Hausman .... production assistant
Pam Hausman .... production assistant
Zuzanna Jettmarova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Daniela Jezkova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Rick Kahn .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Michael Kelly .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Annamaria Kolarova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Mirek Lux .... translator: Czechoslovakia (as Miroslav Lux)
Zdenek Mahler .... historical consultant
Robert Marty .... staff: Film Center
Elizabeth I. McCann .... play producer: America, The Shubert Organization (as Elizabeth McCann)
Iva Nesvadbova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Nelle Nugent .... play producer: America, The Shubert Organization
Dan Olmsted .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut) (as Daniel Olmsted)
Dawn Oltman .... staff: Film Center
Vaclav Petr .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia
Lynda Redfield .... production assistant
Scott G. Roberts .... staff: Film Center (as Scott Roberts)
David Roesch .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Katerina Schauerová .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia (as Katerina Schauerova)
Roy Segal .... staff: Film Center
Peter Shaffer .... supervisor (2002 director's cut)
Steve Shurtz .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Daniela Staskova .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia
Simona Sternova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Ewa Sztompke .... staff: Film Center
Twyla Tharp .... choreography
Twyla Tharp .... opera staging by
Viet Tran .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Joe Tysl .... staff: Film Center (as Joseph Tysl)
Frantisek Vlácil .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia (as Frantisek Vlacil)
Vera Vlácilová .... script supervisor: Czechoslovakia (as Vera Vlacilova)
Wayne Wagner .... staff: Film Center
Laurie Wentworth .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Michael Yoshida .... staff: Film Center (2002 director's cut)
Bernard Zaentz .... caterer
Josh Zaentz .... production assistant (as Joshua Zaentz)
Paul Zaentz .... production controller
Saul Zaentz .... supervisor (2002 director's cut)
Milos Zajdl .... production assistant: Czechoslovakia
Gita Zbavitelova .... translator: Czechoslovakia
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Nancy Seltzer .... public relations (uncredited)
Frantisek Tomasek .... the producer & screenplay writer and director thank: for his kindness in permitting his beautiful residence headquarters in Prague as the Emperor's palace (as His Eminence Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek)
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Also Known As:
"Amadeus: The Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
"Peter Shaffer's Amadeus: Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
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Rated R for brief nudity (director's cut)
160 min | 180 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Digital (director's cut) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:16 (director's cut) | Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Brazil:14 (director's cut) | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) (director's cut) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) (director's cut) | Czech Republic:15 (director's cut) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-7 (2002) (director's cut) | Finland:S (1984) (theatrical version) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (director's cut) | Hong Kong:II | Iceland:L | Iran:(Banned) (director's cut) | Ireland:PG | Japan:PG12 (director's cut) (re-rating) (2016) | Japan:G (director's cut) (2010) | Malaysia:(Banned) (director's cut) | Mexico:C (director's cut) | Mexico:B (re-rating) | Netherlands:AL (director's cut) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:PG (director's cut) | Norway:15 (director's cut) | Norway:12 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Philippines:X (director's cut) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (video rating) (cut) | South Korea:12 (director's cut) (re-rating) (2015) | South Korea:All (director's cut) (2002) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1989) | Spain:T (director's cut) | Sweden:7 (director's cut) | Sweden:11 (original rating) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:PG (also director's cut) | USA:PG (No. 27396) | USA:R (director's cut) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

This is one of only eleven films to receive more than one Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In this instance, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were so nominated. The other ten films were Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) for which Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated, From Here to Eternity (1953) for which Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster were nominated, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) for which Maximilian Schell and Spencer Tracy were nominated, Becket (1964) for which Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton were nominated, Sleuth (1972) for which Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine were nominated and The Dresser (1983) for which Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald in "Going My Way" (1944), James Dean and Rock Hudson in "Giant" (1956), Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in "The Defiant Ones" (1958) and William Holden and Peter Finch for "Network" (1976) were nominated. Of the actors in question, only Crosby, Schell, Finch and Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the relevant performances. In an unusual twist, Barry Fitzgerald lost Best Actor to his co-star Bing Crosby, but won Best Supporting Actor for his performance, the only time in Academy history that an actor was nominated in lead and supporting categories for the same role in the same film.See more »
Continuity: At the first meeting of Mozart, Emperor Josef II finishes playing the march for Mozart and as he stands, he picks up the parchment from the piano. As Mozart kneels to kiss the Emperor's hand, the parchment is still held by the Emperor. When Mozart stands, the parchment is back on the piano, remaining there until the Emperor turns and steps back to pick it up.See more »
[first lines]
Antonio Salieri:Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...
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176 out of 221 people found the following review useful.
Amadeus Speaks for All Mankind, 4 May 2004
Author: ( from Houston, Texas

In 1984, Saul Zaentz, Peter Shaffer and Milos Forman collaborated in bringing a truly remarkable life to the silver screen. The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, through the eyes of rival composer, Antonio Salieri. The film is complete with an insightful script (courtesy of Mr. Shaffer), magnificent acting, wondrous sets and costume designs, incredible choreography (thanks to Twyla Tharp), and, above all, the glorious music of Mozart himself.

The movie of Salieri's life, through which Mozart played an integral part, is told in flashback mode, beginning in around the year 1822. An old and perhaps emotionally disturbed Antonio Salieri attempts suicide, and in doing so, apologizes for killing Mozart some 31 years earlier. He survives and is admitted to an insane asylum, where he tells a young priest his tale of jealousy and mediocrity.

The priest is fascinated and alternately troubled by the lengthy and emotional story. Salieri tells of growing up in Italy with a father who did not care for music; and how he rejoiced for the chance to go to Vienna after his father's untimely death. He tells of how he first had met the young Mozart, and how immature and dirty minded Mozart was. He also tells of how "The Creature" had an intimate relationship with the girl that Salieri had cared for. Most importantly, however, he confided in the priest that he had learned to hate God for giving him a deep love of music, only to deny him the talent to create truly memorable music. He thought God had given him Mozart to mock him. Salieri's heart filled with such rage, such hatred and such jealousy, that he had vowed to himself to make God an enemy and to kill the young Mozart.

As the movie moves along, carrying with it a deep sadness of the human condition, it also celebrates life by giving the audience joyous music, wonderful atmosphere and a general appreciation of humanity for not only eighteenth century Europe, but in any age where music speaks for our emotions.

The movie won eight Academy Awards in March of 1985. The only reason it did not win nine was that Tom Hulce was nominated for best actor instead of best supporting actor. He actually was in a supporting role, and in a strange twist of irony, F. Murray Abraham won the best actor statuette; citing probably the only time when Salieri beat out Mozart in anything.

The movie itself was shot in Prague where Milos Forman said "(It) is a gem because it's possible to pivot the camera a full three hundred and sixty degrees and never encounter a modern vision." Very few new sets had to be built, as the scenes and buildings they found were quite often apropos to their needs.

Amadeus works well on virtually every cinematic plane that exists. It is a masterpiece that must be viewed multiple times to receive what the film has to offer. The emotions of humanity, through the eyes of the troubled Salieri, indeed speak for all of mediocrity. He is their champion and their king.

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