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Theatrical release poster by Peter Sís
Directed by Milos Forman
Produced by Saul Zaentz
Written by Peter Shaffer
Zdeněk Mahler (Assistant)
Starring F. Murray Abraham
Tom Hulce
Elizabeth Berridge
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cinematography Miroslav Ondříček
Editing by Michael Chandler
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date(s) September 19, 1984 (1984-09-19)
Running time Theatrical release
161 minutes
Director's cut
180 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Money made $51,973,029

Amadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and adapted by Peter Shaffer from his 1979 stage play Amadeus. The story is set in Vienna, Austria during the latter half of the 18th century, and is a fictionalized story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the time he left Salzburg, described by its writer as "fantasia on the theme of Mozart and Salieri". Mozart's music is heard extensively in the soundtrack of the film. The film follows a fictional rivalry between Mozart and Italian composer Antonio Salieri at the court of Emperor Joseph II. The film stars F. Murray Abraham as Salieri (who received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance) and Tom Hulce as Mozart (who was also nominated for the same award as Abraham).


Awards and nominations

United States

  • Won (4)
    • Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham tied with Albert Finney for Under the Volcano)
    • Best Director (Miloš Forman)
    • Best Picture
    • Best Screenplay (Peter Shaffer)
  • Won (1)
    • Best Edited Feature Film (Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler)
  • Won (1)
    • Best Casting for Feature Film (Mary Goldberg)
  • Won (1)
    • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Miloš Forman)
  • Won (1)
    • Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)
  • Won (1)
    • AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – #53
  • Nominated
    • AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains:
      • Villain – Antonio Salieri
    • AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:
      • Emperor Joseph II: "There are simply too many notes."
    • AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)

United Kingdom

  • Won (4)
    • Best Cinematography (Miroslav Ondříček)
    • Best Editing (Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler)
    • Best Make Up Artist (Dick Smith and Paul LeBlanc)
    • Best Sound (Mark Berger, Thomas Scott and Christopher Newman)
  • Nominated
    • Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)
    • Best Costume Design (Theodor Pištěk)
    • Best Film (Miloš Forman and Saul Zaentz)
    • Best Production Design (Patrizia von Brandstein)
    • Best Screenplay — Adapted (Peter Shaffer)


  • Won (3)
    • Best Director – Foreign Film (Miloš Forman)
    • Best Foreign Actor (Tom Hulce)
    • Best Foreign Film
  • Won (2)
    • Best Actor — Foreign Film (Tom Hulce)
    • Best Director — Foreign Film (Miloš Forman)


  • Won (1)
    • Best Foreign Film


  • Won (1)
    • Best Foreign Language Film


  • Won (1)
    • Best Foreign Feature Film

See also

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