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)
  • 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)
  • Jeffrey Jones 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?


According to John Harkness's book "The 1999 Academy Awards Handbook", Maurice Jarre, in his speech accepting the 1984 Best Original Score Oscar for A Passage to India (1984), expressed his gratitude that Amadeus (1984) had not been Oscar-nominated for Best Original Score. An obvious joke, since none of Amadeus' ... ...


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


Constanze really had three sisters, however at her wedding, her mother is flanked by two daughters. One of her sisters was Josepha Hofer, soprano and member of Emanuel Schikaneder's troupe. She was the original Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, however no mention of this is made in the film, and the actress playing the Queen of the Night is not one of the sisters seen at the wedding.

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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Biography | Drama | History | Music

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