• Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus

Release Date: September 19th, 1984

DVD Release Date: December 17th, 1997

PG |2 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.

Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Jones, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Charles Kay

Director: Milos Forman

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: AMLF

Keywords: Engaging , Rivalry , Passionate , Fall , Deception ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    "Amadeus is about as close to perfection as movies get," I wrote in 1984. Now, it's 20 minutes closer. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It still soars, but now it seems richer, more expansive. Amadeus reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Perfect pitch. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Winner Sound
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Art Direction
Winner Directing
Winner Makeup
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Costume Design
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Winner Best Picture