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Amadeus
- Tom Hulce

Overview - 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).  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Awards:
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Makeup Winner
1984 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

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

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 160
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929089024
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: November 2009

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

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

 
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Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"...An unexpected and strangely moving spectacle..." - 03/01/1985 Sight and Sound, p.142-3


"...[Hulce] gets better and better....[Forman] has preserved the fascinating heart of [the play]....Well done." - 09/19/1984 New York Times, p.C23


"...AMADEUS is loaded with pleasures....[Abraham] is quietly excellent..." - 09/05/1984 Variety


"...Milos Forman's opulent drama is sheer quality..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.114


"A class act." - 08/01/2000 Uncut, p.130

 
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