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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 biographical period drama movie directed by Milos Forman. It won eight Oscars. This is a biography of two great music composers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Salieri knows Mozart is a great composer but tries to stop him out of envy.

The movie was shot on location in Prague, Kroměříž and Vienna. Notably, Forman was able to shoot scenes in the Count Nostitz Theatre in Prague, where Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito were first shown two centuries before. Several other scenes were shot at the Barrandov Studios.


Awards and nominations

United States

  • Won (4)
  • Nominated
    • Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (Tom Hulce)
    • Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (Jeffrey Jones)
  • 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
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