|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Simon Callow, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100, Best Picture Oscar Winners|
|Run time:||2 hours 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Dec 1998|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Magical StuffBy keefy from Tyne and Wear , 05 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Anyone wanting an accurate historical account of the life of Mozart please look away now! What we have instead is a screenplay version of Peter Shaeffer's stage piece which exaggerates, for dramtic effect, the rivalry between Mozart and the less gifted but powerful court composer, Antonio Salieri. However, what this movie lacks in historical accuracy it gains in the superb performances of Tom Hulce as the boy genius and F.Murray Abraham in his career defining, oscar winning role. The movie is a sheer joy from start to finish and you won't fail to get drawn into wonderful period feeling of eighteenth century Vienna (even though most of the shooting is actually Prague!). Don't worry if you don't like classical music too much as the story is a more than strong enough experience to stand as a great drama on it's own. However, if you do like Mozarts music then the whole experience is lifted to another level with the excellect contribution of Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields. All in all superb, thoughtful, entertainment.
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Brilliant performance of the actorsBy choco9 (8 reviews) , 06 Aug 2013I cannot believe I waited so long to watch it! The performance of Tom Hulce is brilliant. The way Milos Forman chose to direct the movie is simply genius. Too bad he could not film all Mozart's life.
Oscar winnerBy pixie (249 reviews) from Redruth , 17 Jul 2013Well worth its Oscar win. Had doubts about this film for many years but very very surprised at how much I enjoyed it, Very long as well but you do not notice.
An all time great movie of a great composerBy riskysmith (150 reviews) , 02 Jul 2013I have a dvd of this film which I bought many years ago, and I wondered if blu ray added any thing to it's quality. There is a slight improvement in both picture and sound, but I am unlikely to make the change. In my opinion this is one of the all time greats in film making, and you feel that no expense has been spared. The costumes and locations are excellent and I was interested that Mozart actually conducted one of his operas at the Prague theatre. It is a sad tale of one of the world's greatest composers, and I actually shed a tear as his body was thrown into a communal grave. Whether you are a music lover or not, this film should not be missed
Rich entertainmentBy Abby88 (170 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 08 Dec 2012A very absorbing and brilliant film with plenty of artistic license used, so don't expect an accurate story but a superb one.
Perfect Film.By gabrielc12 (17 reviews) , 02 Jul 2012A perfect film.
Looks great. Sounds Magnificent. Every performance is great, and F. Murray Abraham's is monumental. The script is funny, moving, sad, poetic.
For my part - my favourite film ever.
Please watch it.