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Amadeus Details

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For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondrícek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese "urban legend" concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri -- so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors -- not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking Requiem, which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Among the film's many pearls of dialogue, the best line goes to the emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has "too many notes." Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. In 2002, the film received a theatrical re-release as "Amadeus: The Director's Cut," a version that includes 20 minutes of additional footage. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 13, 1984

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Karel Cerny Best Art Direction 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Berger Best Sound 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nena Danevic Best Editing 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patrizia Von Brandenstein Best Art Direction 1984 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Patrizia Von Brandenstein Best Production Design 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theodor Pistek Best Costume Design 1984 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Theodor Pistek Best Costumes 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Todd Boekelheide Best Sound 1984 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jeffrey Jones Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Milos Forman Best Director 1984 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Milos Forman Best Foreign Film 1984 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Milos Forman Best Director 1984 Winner
Directors Guild of America Milos Forman Best Director 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milos Forman Best Director 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saul Zaentz Best Picture 1984 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Hulce Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Hulce Best Actor 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miroslav Ondrícek Best Cinematography 1984 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Miroslav Ondrícek Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association F. Murray Abraham Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1984 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association F. Murray Abraham Best Actor 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences F. Murray Abraham Best Actor 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Chandler Best Editing 1984 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Chandler Editing Award 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Shaffer Best Screenplay 1984 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Peter Shaffer Best Screenplay 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Shaffer Best Adapted Screenplay 1984 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Peter Shaffer Best Adapted Screenplay 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Scott Best Sound 1984 Winner

Cast

F. Murray Abraham
as Antonio Salieri
Tom Hulce
as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Elizabeth Berridge
as Constance Mozart
Simon Callow
as Emanuel Schikaneder
Roy Dotrice
as Leopold Mozart
Christine Ebersole
as Katerina Cavalieri
Jeffrey Jones
as Emperor Joseph II
Charles Kay
as Count Orsini-Rosenberg
Kenny Baker
as Parody Comendatore
Lisbeth Bartlett
as Papagena
Barbara Byrne
as Frau Weber
Martin Cavani
as Young Salieri
Roderick Cook
as Count Von Strack
Nicholas Kepros
as Archbishop Colloredo
Philip Lenkowsky
as Salieri's Servant
Herman Meckler
as Priest
Jonathan Moore
as Baron Van Swieten
Cynthia Nixon
as Lorl
Brian Pettifer
as Hospital Attendant
Vincent Schiavelli
as Salieri's Valet
Douglas Seale
as Count Arco
Miroslav Sekera
as Young Mozart
Karl-Heinz Teuber
as Wig Salesman
Gil Amelio
Kenneth McMillan
Dana Vávrová
Brian Pettifer
as Hospital Attendant
Karl-Heinz Teuber
as Wig Salesman
Vincent Schiavelli
as Salieri's Valet
Miroslav Sekera
as Young Mozart
Douglas Seale
as Count Arco
Martin Cavani
as Young Salieri
Roderick Cook
as Count Von Strack
Philip Lenkowsky
as Salieri's Servant
Herman Meckler
as Priest
Cynthia Nixon
as Lorl
Nicholas Kepros
as Archbishop Colloredo
Jonathan Moore
as Baron Van Swieten

Crew

Milos Forman
Director
Saul Zaentz
Producer
Bertil Ohlsson
Producer
Michael Hausman
Producer
Peter Shaffer
Screenwriter
Peter Shaffer
Play Author
Peter Shaffer
Screen Story
Miroslav Ondrícek
Cinematographer
Neville Marriner
Composer (Music Score)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Featured Music
Neville Marriner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Antonio Salieri
Featured Music
Michael Chandler
Editor
Nena Danevic
Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Karel Cerny
Art Director
Francesco Chianese
Art Director
Bertil Ohlsson
Executive Producer
Michael Hausman
Executive Producer
Francesco Chianese
Set Designer
Karel Cerny
Set Designer
Theodor Pistek
Costume Designer
Michael Hausman
First Assistant Director
Twyla Tharp
Choreography
Jan Schmidt
Second Unit Director
Neville Marriner
Conductor
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