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.



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

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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Milos Forman


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

Did You Know?


When shooting the scene in which Salieri is writing down the death mass under Mozart's dictation, Tom Hulce was deliberately skipping lines to confuse F. Murray Abraham, in order to achieve the impression that Salieri wasn't able to fully understand the music being dictated.


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


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

"Amadeus" was originally a National Theater Production in London, then produced in America by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth I. McCann/Nelle Nugent and Roger Berlind.


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Biography | Drama | History | Music


Release Date:

19 September 1984


English, Italian, Latin, German

Country of Origin

USA, France, Czechoslovakia

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$86,764 (USA) (7 April 2002)


$51,973,029 (USA)

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