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Amadeus - Director's Cut
- Tom Hulce

Overview - AMADEUS - DIRECTOR'S CUT includes new footage that was not used in the 1984 original, as well as improved sound. 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

AMADEUS - DIRECTOR'S CUT includes new footage that was not used in the 1984 original, as well as improved sound. 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.

Cast List

Michael Hausman - Producer/Executive
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Classical Composer
Simon Callow - British Actor
F. Murray Abraham - American actor, AMADEUS
Fahrid Murray Abraham - American actor, AMADEUS
Milos Forman - Czech director
Tomas Jan - Czech director
Milos Formanova - Czech director
Vincent Schiavelli - Supporting Actor
Elizabeth Berridge - American Actress
Peter Shaffer - Playwright/Screenwriter
Twyla Tharp - Dancer/Choreographer
Karl-Heinz Teuber
Patrizia von Brandenstein
Miroslav Ondricek
Bertil Ohlsson - Producer
Saul Zaentz - Producer/distributor
Tom Hulce - American Actor
Thomas Hulce - American Actor
Jeffrey Jones - American actor, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
Dick Smith - Hollywood Make-Up and Effects, THE EXORCIST, LITTLE BIG MAN

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 158
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085393746421
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (brief nudity)
  • Release Date: September 2002

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Rivalry
Classic
Tragedy
Recommended
Character Study
Period Piece
Achievers
Theatrical Release
Composers
Essential Cinema

 
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"...The changes are harsh and powerful and make a great film deeper, more satisfying and, yes, simply better than before..." - 08/01/2002 Total Film, p.95

 
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