Amadeus
Rating: Year:1984
Cast:F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones Length:2h 40m
Director:Milos Forman Country:United States
Writers:Peter Shaffer Genre:Drama, History
Synopsis: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri who becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall.
Rating:
Cast:F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones
Director:Milos Forman
Writers: Peter Shaffer
Year:1984
Length:2h 40m
Country:United States
Genre:Drama, History
Synopsis: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri who becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall.

This is one of those rare examples of an excellent movie – it went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes – that did not do well at the box office. When we first saw this in 1984 in the theater, it was a Friday night, an 8 o'clock showing and there were 4 people in the audience, including us! Four!

This movie is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rival Antonio Salieri. It is a costume drama taking place in the 1700's in Vienna, Austria and is filled with classical music. This may explain why it did not do that well in small town America, however, on many levels this movie is absolutely wonderful.

The two main characters were played by Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham and both were nominated for Best Actor by the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards and both deserved to win – Abraham won both. This is an incredibly well written and well acted movie.

But oh the music! Sublime. Even if — especially if — you do not like Classical Music, you must see this movie. It will change how you feel about the entire genre. The way the music is presented, front and center or as the background to drama, is masterful, intriguing and just downright beautiful.

We do not recommend seeing the Director's Cut preferring the theatrical release. Also, one aspect of the movie that dominates seeing it in the theater and does not come through on a TV is the lighting. This is the 1700's, no electricity. Everything is lit by candles and the movie takes on a golden shimmering glow that fills the theater as it filled the world and it just does not carry over to the small screen. Should you get an opportunity to see this movie on the big screen, do so, it is very much worth it.

Hulce as Mozart was brilliant and Abraham as Salieri was one the best performances we have ever seen in our lives. Take an evening, turn off the phones, turn down the lights, sit back and enjoy one the best movies ever made.