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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.


  • F. Murray Abraham
  • Tom Hulce
  • Elizabeth Berridge
  • Roy Dotrice
  • Simon Callow
  • Christine Ebersole
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • Charles Kay
  • Kenneth McMillan
  • Kenny Baker

Did You Know?


  • Meg Tilly originally was cast as Stanze but tore a leg ligament in a street soccer game the day before she was to film her first scene. Elizabeth Berridge, Rebecca De Mornay and Diane Franklin were both screen tested as replacements, with Berridge getting the role. Milos Forman would later succeed in casting her in a costume drama, Valmont (1989), alongside Amadeus actors Jeffrey Jones and Vincent Schiavelli.
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  • Towards the end when Salieri is speaking with Constanze, his hair frequently swaps from hanging back to over his shoulder and back again.
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    • Katerina Cavalieri: I heard you met Herr Mozart.
    • Antonio Salieri: In a harem.
    • Katerina Cavalieri: What's that?
    • Antonio Salieri: A brothel!
    • [shocked]
    • Katerina Cavalieri: Oh-h-h-h!
    • Antonio Salieri: Come. Let's begin.
    • Katerina Cavalieri: What does he look like?
    • Antonio Salieri: Mozart? You might be disappointed.
    • Katerina Cavalieri: Why?
    • Antonio Salieri: Looks and talent don't always go together, Katerina
    • Katerina Cavalieri: Looks don't concern me, maestro. Only talent interests a woman of taste.
    • Antonio Salieri: News travels fast in Vienna.
    • Katerina Cavalieri: And he's been commissioned to write an opera. Is it true?
    • Antonio Salieri: Yes.
    • Katerina Cavalieri: Is there a part in it for me?
    • Antonio Salieri: No.
    • Katerina Cavalieri: How do you know?
    • Antonio Salieri: Do you know where it's set, my dear?
    • Katerina Cavalieri: No.
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It still soars, but now it seems richer, more expansive. Amadeus reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Perfect pitch.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle