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

Though there are dubious historical reports that the real Mozart had an obnoxious laugh, Tom Hulce created the giggle after Milos Forman asked him to come up with "something extreme." "I've never been able to make that sound except in front of a camera," Hulce later ... ...


Quotes

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


Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Salieri plays for the priest on what looks like a harpsichord, yet the sound produced is of a piano. This is not a goof. The instrument is in fact a pianoforte, which is also played by both the Emperor and Mozart at their first meeting. The pianoforte bridged the gap between the harpsichord of the 18th century and the grand piano of the late 19th century.


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


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


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) (7 April 2002)

Gross:

$51,973,029 (USA)

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