Amadeus

1984 R 2h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

Amadeus

1984 R 2h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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F. Murray Abraham earned a Best Actor Oscar for his imperious performance as Antonio Salieri, a mediocre composer whose churlish young rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), wins immortality with his musical genius. Not happy to see his talent eclipsed, Salieri dons a disguise and deviously plots revenge, obsessed with muffling Mozart's maddening laughter. Milos Forman's masterful drama also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
Cast
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay, Cynthia Nixon
Director
Milos Forman
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby True HD
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Amadeus is a 1984 movie based on a play. The film includes an attempted suicide, disturbing images of mentally ill men kept chained and naked in a sanitarium, and some sexual hanky-panky, but there's little else of concern for teenage viewers. Mozart has his wife-to-be translate when he says backward phrases such as "eat my s--t" and "kiss my ass." Words like "damn," "hell," and "s--twit" also are used. Mozart is frequently shown to be drunk, working or running around town with a bottle of wine close at hand. Parents also should know that there's no real evidence to back up this movie's plot.

Sexual Content

Mozart enjoys romps with his wife -- some kissing and groping shown. A naked backside and partial breasts shown. Implied sexual liaisons between Mozart and the star of one of his operas. Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro is set in a brothel, which provokes strong objections from the king as well as other composers. Male nudity in a sanitarium.

Violence

The main character attempts suicide by slashing his wrists; blood is visible. A man chokes to death on food. Disturbing images of mentally ill men kept chained and naked in a sanitarium.

Language

Mozart has his wife-to-be translate when he says backwards phrases such as "eat my s--t" and "kiss my ass." Words such as "damn," "hell," and "s--twit" also are used.

Social Behavior

The importance of being dedicated to working hard at musical composition is shown in both Mozart and Salieri, perhaps the only trait the two men have in common.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking, sometimes to excess. Mozart is frequently shown to be drunk, working or running around town with a bottle of wine close at hand.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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