Amadeus is the story of Mozart (Hulce), the composer with God's gift and the Devil's audacity, and Salieri (Abraham), the composer with God's pity and the Devil's vengeance. In Vienna, Salieri embarks on a jealous quest to bring Mozart to his knees, and, ultimately, his death.
It is a battle that only one of them fights. Mozart never really grasped that Salieri was his enemy until it was too late. Salieri, a man who traded chastity for talent, became obsessed with defeating Mozart as a way to defeat God, and thus he employed all of the impish tricks he could devise. The result is one of the finest crafted forms of revenge ever conceived.
Amadeus is a movie so good that it defies description. Although such praise is often a cop out, Amadeus holds true to this level of acclaim. Watching Amadeus is like listening to Mozart: it is a horrible beauty beyond words.
Check out our review of Amadeus: The Director's Cut here.
Run time: 160 mins
In Theaters: Friday 5th April 1985
Box Office USA: $86.8k
Box Office Worldwide: $51.6M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Orion Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Saul Zaentz Company
Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 75 Rotten: 4
IMDB: 8.4 / 10
Director: Milos Foreman
Producer: Peter Shaffer
Screenwriter: Saul Zaentz
Starring: F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri, Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elizabeth Berridge as Constanze Mozart, Roy Dotrice as Leopold Mozart, Simon Callow as Emanuel Schikaneder, Christine Ebersole as Katerina Cavalieri, Jeffrey Jones as Emperor Joseph II, Barbara Bryne as Mrs. Weber, Cynthia Nixon as Lorl, Douglas Seale as Count Arco, Charles Kay as Count Orsini-Rosenberg, Kenny Baker as Parody Commendatore, Lisabeth Bartlett as Papagena in 'The Magic Flute', Martin Cavina as Young Salieri, Roderick Cook as Count Von Strack, Milan Demjanenko as Karl Mozart, Peter DiGesu as Francesco Salieri
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