|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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Good but annoyingly embellished storyBy Rozism (2 reviews) from Daventry , 12 Nov 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film is flawless in quality, has a moving story, some beautiful music (obviously) including outstanding operatic soprano singing, BUT the main characters are played with American accents which doesn't fit, Mozart is portrayed as a fool which I found patronising and some facts from the real story are changed to make him come across as a dimwit and rebel, for example, in the film he marries his chavvy landlady's daughter when in real life he married an opera singer - why change it? At the end of the film I was left feeling really sad for Mozart and his poor untimely death, but the facts surrounding it aren't quite as depressing. Totally Hollywood-ed.
excellentBy ANAVALES (55 reviews) from London , 09 Oct 2009I LOVE IT WAS A VERY INSTRUCTIVE MOVIE ABOUT THE LIFE OF MOZART AND ALSO WAS AT THE SAME TIME VERY TOUCHING.
AmadeusBy toddyquaker (89 reviews) from Knutsford , 10 Sep 2009A really powerful and wonderful film. Loved the music and the story.
GeniusBy Roguestar (10 reviews) from Kirkliston , 04 Mar 2009One of the greatest movies ever made.
Passion, Emotion, Tragedy all in a superbly crafted thing of beauty.
God's hankerBy barney28 (2 reviews) from Richmond , 12 Feb 2009Amadeus was exactly how i remembered it when watching it all those years ago when it first came out..even down to wondering why I have never seen Elizabeth Berridge in anything else. Ok i wasn't so amused by Simon Callow's hair the first time around.
The locations, the costumes, the music, the precise rivalry of the principle characters...everything about this film was perfect. I want to be rude and sarcastic..I must order bad films in future. I want to say something about 2001 but I, like most of the characters, slept through it.
From the start the performances draw you in to a story of real personalities..F Murray Abraham's incredulous anger at God's unfairness in distributing talent as well as everything else (I thought that was the whole point of God) but there you go; Salieri is incancescant..and Murray captures this beautifully. Tom Hulce has a harder job with Mozart, his infantile behaviour at odds with his genius..but I believe Elizabeth Berridge helps balance the conflicting sides of his nature, in what was an underrated performance.
The scene at the end where Salieri opens his heart to a priest is as moving as anything in the film. A film that engages and moves, and can be seen again many times..a classic