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

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Cast & Crew

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Milos Forman


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

Did You Know?


This is one of only eleven films to receive more than one Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In this instance, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were so nominated. The other ten films were Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) for which Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated, From Here to Eternity (1953) for which Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster were nominated, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) for which Maximilian Schell... ...


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


Schikaneder has Mozart play the party theme in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach, which the Viennese party crowd clearly recognizes. Although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was fond of Bach's work which he knew through his friendship with the composer's son, Bach's name and music would have been wholly unknown in the Vienna of the 1780s. Bach's music fell out of favor with performers, shortly after his death in 1750, and was revived only when Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy promoted and popularized his work around 1830.

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.


Plot Summary

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Biography | Drama | History | Music

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