Amadeus (1984)

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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.


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  • Salieri (F. MURRAY ABRAHAM) with Baron Van Swieten (JONATHAN MOORE, in background)
  • Mozart (TOM HULCE) composes music over a billiard table
  • Tom Hulce in Amadeus (1984)
  • Constanze (ELIZABETH BERRIDGE) shows Mozart's music to Salieri (F. MURRAY ABRAHAM)
  • Tom Hulce in Amadeus (1984)

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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Peter Shaffer (original stage play), Peter Shaffer (original screenplay)

Did You Know?

Trivia

When the movie won Best Picture at The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985), Sir Laurence Olivier was presenting the award. He went up to the podium, opened the envelope and said "Amadeus." The problem was he forgot to read the nominees first. An AMPAS official quickly went onstage to confirm the winner ... ...


Quotes

Antonio Salieri: Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...


Goofs

There is one huge, musical and dramatic mistake, that seems to have been missed for all these years - even if it turns into nonsense an essential sequence of the movie. In the "ballet in Le Nozze di Figaro" affair (around 1h42'), the wrong scene of the opera is used. They play and show the March, where anonymous dancers dance with or without music. It should be the second dance, the Fandango, performed by the characters of the opera, where Susanna slips to the Count the "bigliettino", luring him into the nocturnal trap of the 4th act . This scene is dramatically crucial, its absence would ruin the plot (the March means nothing much and could have been easily cut - or performed without dancing!) and that was Mozart's argument in the situation we know from Da Ponte's Memoirs, and in the original Amadeus play. Since it couldn't be cut, without music it must have looked like a pantomime, making no sense - and that's the reason the Emperor ordered to put it back. Moreover, the Emperor had not forbidden ballet music, but dancing. Therefore the Kapellmeister Bonno's line ("Herr Direktor he has removed un balletto...") makes it all doubly absurd - since "un balletto" is exactly what we see on the screen, only without music. There is probably no way to correct this, but since no one seems to have been bothered by this blunder...


Crazy Credits

The producer, screenplay writer and director thank the following for their boundless assistance in our effort to present the physical authenticity and aura you have seen and felt in "Amadeus": -The National Theatre of Czechoslovakia and Prague's Tyl Theatre management for allowing us to film in the Tyl sequences from the operas: "Abduction from the Seraglio," "The Marriage of Figaro," and "Don Giovanni." It was actually in this magnificently preserved theatre that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart conducted the premiere performance of "Don Giovanni" on October 29, 1787. -His Eminence Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek for his kindness in permitting us to use his beautiful residence headquarters in Prague as the Emperor's palace. -The Barrandov Studios and CS Filmexport for their help in filming "Amadeus" in Prague and in castles and palaces throughout Czechoslovakia.

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Plot Summary


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Genres

Biography | Drama | History | Music

Details

Release Date:

19 September 1984

Language

English, Italian, Latin, German


Country of Origin

USA, France

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$86,764 (USA) (5 April 2002)

Gross:

$51,600,000 (USA)

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