DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Adapted from Shaffer's play, the film presents the life of Antonio Salieri, a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2002
Edition: Two-disc special ed. widescreen presentation
ISBN: 0790765152
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama AMADEUS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (180 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Feb 14, 2015
  • Dash_Riprock rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Regardless of what level Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's talent as a composer might have been, there was definitely one thing that he was not, and that was an idiot! And, yet, that`s exactly what this movie, Amadeus, made him out to be - An insufferable idiot!!

Actor Tom Hulce, as Mozart, was utterly despicable. He played the Mozart character as if the guy was an absolute moron. Like he was a, literal, babbling imbecile. I couldn`t stomach Hulce's performance one bit. His bone-headed, snaggle-toothed facial expressions (Hulce trying to be a cute Mozart, I guess) had me pretty close to retching my guts out. It did.

And if Hulce wasn`t repulsive enough to have to stomach, then there was that total dumb-bell who played his wife, actress (?) Elizabeth Berridge, with her revolting "Wolfie! Wolfie!" (ad nauseum), all the time, This whining, snivelling, little cow made my skin absolutely crawl.

Yuck! What a sickening pair these 2 bozos were. I don`t know which one of these 2 half-wits bugged the hell out of me more. They were both equally vile to the max.

In my opinion, about the only thing that saved Amadeus from being a totally unwatchable catastrophe were the staged excerpts from Mozart's best known operas. There were 3 of them. And, they were, without a doubt, delightful, impressive, and highly entertaining to watch. Too bad there weren't more of them, and a lot, lot less of Hulce & Berridge.

Feb 02, 2015
  • fences rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

awesome movie! saw it for the first time on WNED! tom hulce does an awesome job portraying the eccentric, funny and brilliant Mozart

Dec 28, 2014
  • rron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A rare masterpiece from a musical, philosophical, religious, and theatrical aspect. Worthwhile to watch the uncut 180 min version. Not for the heavy metal hard rock crowd.

Dec 03, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Epic movie which captures the essence of Amadeus. Just reading his bio I notice he lived only to age 35. He made some amazing music in a short time and his whole story is right here in "Amadeus". The cinematography is great and the acting is top notch. Director Milos Foreman did a terrific job of putting together a masterpiece of a film on a man whose life deserves just such treatment.

Apr 26, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film is a 1984 period drama film directed by Miloš Forman and written by Peter Shaffer, based on the 1979 stage play written by Shaffer. The story is a variation of Alexander Pushkin's play Mozart i Salieri (Моцарт и Сальери, 1830), in which the composer Antonio Salieri recognizes the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but thwarts him out of pride and envy. The original film premiered in 1984 was a PG-rated movie with a running time of 161 minutes. This DVD version is an R-rated 180-minute film made in 2002 by director Milos Forman with nearly 20 minutes of restored footage. It was release by the studios as a Director's Cut. This DVD has a 60-minute documentary---"Making of Amadeus" made in 2002. If you enjoyed the original film, you could re-enjoy this version with interviews with the actors, director, producers and other key members of the staff.

Mar 13, 2013

Great movie- loved the soundtrack- my personal favourites: the Marriage of Figaro Overture and the Clarinet concerto in B flat major- 1rst movement. I recommend watching the documentary “In Search of Mozart” it will set you straight on the life and times of Mozart.- Full of great music too! : )

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting approach to this story - a confession, per se, to a priest, of the angst ridden memories of Mozart's rival, Antonio Salieri. F. Murray Abraham dominated the role, and I agree with others below - he absolutely deserved his Oscar for Best Actor, and his Golden Globe. I had no idea that Tom Hulce, ("Pinto" in "Animal House"), who also won an Oscar, had lengthy stage acting experience previously. His Mozart was depicted as a gifted visionary, socially immature, with that bizarre sporadic cackling... (...and I've gotta say, man, he sure got a crude burial... Yikes!) What I'd like to know is... Why the title "Amadeus"? Why not "Wolfgang"?

Jan 08, 2012
  • VenusJade rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By all means watch this movie. Even if your not into classical music. This movie portrays fact and fiction into one. You can truly see the genius of Mozart. And how he had a painful yet fulfilling life. A great movie. A must see.

Sep 04, 2011
  • pokano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

F Murray Abraham deserved the Oscar he got for playing Salieri, an Italian composer jealous of Mozart. This partly true, partly fictional film based on a play, shows an elderly Salieri in an insane asylum, confessing to a priest, with flashbacks showing his relationship with Mozart. A sumptuous soundtrack of Mozart compositions, played by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Highly recommended.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie, I've seen it three or four times now, and I would highly recommend this to anybody.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Salieri (addressing a crucifix): "From now on we are enemies, You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only the ability to recognize the incarnation. Because You are unjust, unfair, unkind, I will block You, I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature on earth as far as I am able."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

(addressing the complaints about the "improper" libretto for "Figaro") Mozart: "Come on now, be honest! Which one of you wouldn't rather listen to his hairdresser than Hercules? Or Horatius, or Orpheus... people so lofty they sound as if they shit marble!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mozart: " "Confutatis maledictis" - when the wicked are confounded. "Flammis Acribus Adictis." How would you translate that?" Salieri: "Consigned to flames of woe." Mozart: "Do you believe in it?" Salieri: "What?" Mozart: "A fire which never dies, burning you forever?" Salieri: "Oh yes."

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

[first lines]
Salieri: Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Emanuel Schikaneder: Look, I asked you if we could start rehearsals next week and you said yes.
Mozart: Well, we can.
Emanuel Schikaneder: So let me see it. Where is it?
Mozart: Here. It's all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling. Scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling.


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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.


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