Amadeus (Widescreen) (1984)

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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.
Theatrical Release Date 1984
Format DVD
Number of Discs 1
Awards
  • 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, 1984

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  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Dramas,Biography
  • Distributor
    Warner Home Video
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    160
  • Picture
    (unknown)
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Subtitles
    French, Spanish
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Region [unknown]
    Widescreen - 1.85
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English, French
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
    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.
  • Release Date
    11/03/09
  • Theatrical Release
    1984
  • Rating
    Unrated
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Editorial Reviews

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Uncut 08-01-2000 "A class act."
New York Times 09-19-1984 "...[Hulce] gets better and better....[Forman] has preserved the fascinating heart of [the play]....Well done."
Sight and Sound 03-01-1985 "...An unexpected and strangely moving spectacle..."
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