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.
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- Milos Forman
- This movie is
- DVD, Blu-ray and streaming
- 1986 BAFTA®
- Best Film nominee
- Best Actor nominee: F. Murray Abraham
- 1985 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Top 100 Movies nominee
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; double-sided disc, alternate music-only track; production notes.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby True HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access: commentary by Milos Foreman and Peter Shaffer; Making of Amadeus featurette; trailer.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it