Great film about a great man and a talent which only comes to earth once. Highly fictionalised version of Mozart's life. I would suggest reading some of Mozart's letters to his father, friends, mother, etc, to get a true glimpse of the man. What I loved about Mozart was not only the fact that he was truly an exemplary composer/musician, and yes, dare I say it: Genuis but that at heart he was a little boy and never lost that innocence, playfulness and fun. This movie captures some of that but I don't think that it does the man real justice. I don't suppose anything ever will or can. Tom Hulce is beautifully cast and Abrahams as Salieri captures the bitterness/jealousy of someone who refuses to accept beauty and genius when he encounters it. The old " it should have been me " lament is his doom. I don't know much about Salieri but this is an unfair portrayal of him, and again pure fiction. I do think the stick-in-the-muds of Austria at the time shortened a great life that should have been nurtured, given full freedom and allowed to soar. Nevertheless, it is a must-see film.
Wonderful movie. I remember seeing it when it first came out. F. Abraham Murray was incredible. Wonder why Tom Hulce never made more movies. You don't have to be a lover of classical music to enjoy this. You'll will recognise Mozart's music anyway. Great locations and costumes. Watch out for Miranda from Sex in the City as a maid.
A very simplistic and not entirely accurate portrayal of the life of Mozart,but I love this film for its music
Particularly loved the Requiem part of the movie, showing Mozart very fragile and anxious and so human. Perfectly matching music, of course. Everything came together very well in this movie. Great cinema.
very intertaing version of ... reality, nonetheless love the concept of understanding GENIOUS factor in Mozarts work.
The sort of movie that isn't really attempted enough due to the difficulty in getting things right, but Milos Forman's terrific piece of work exemplifies a likable Mozart as well as a first person story dealing with one's battles with religion and their own insanity. This is a wonderful period piece.
Great film, should be on a list of great films of the twentieth century. I saw the play and this film when I was very young and it opened my eyes to the period, Mozart and the music. Watching it all again brought it back. This is good work, perhaps a little long though.
A beautiful movie for all its faults it is worth watching and the music is a joy to listen too. I give it a 4.5 and would recommend it to everyone.
Excellent movie that explores genius vs mediocracy, well done visually and the music is great..
Saw it when it first came out... Did not really enjoy it very much this time... Seemed a bit silly
enjoyed this movie but felt lost a few times
This true story of the life of Wolfgang (Wolfie) Amadeus Mozart begins when he is married. Peter Schaffer, who wrote the original stage play, provides an excellent screenplay for director Milos Forman. Eight Academy awards were won in 1984 by this film which has now been remastered and digitally restored - including the magnificent sound track, which is what we are here for, right ? . The lighting, photography, editing and continuity are also absolutely first-class. So are the portrayals of Mozart by Tom Hulce, and the envious Antonio Salieri played by F. Murray Abrahams who won Best Actor. The bonus disc is fascinating and adds dimension and understanding to the movie, and makes the package excellent value. Have some family fun watching this production. See who can recognise and name the most Mozart pieces. The movie score is full of them, and superbly conducted by Sir Neville Mariner. This is a classic period film that you could replay and enjoy as many times as you would Wolfies Klarinetten Konzert KV 622.
I thorougly enjoyed. My husband endured it!
Loved the music, the costumes the arthitecture, but the dreadful accents ruined the dialogue for me, and reduced the film to mediocrity.. Oscars notwithstanding. Some brillant pieces of acting. I actually found the bonus disk more entertaining that the movie.
This is a pretty silly movie that paints a very distorted picture of the great Mozart. It does contain some very good music, but you are better off putting on a CD and forgetting the movie.
This is one of my all time favourite movies. Tom Hulce stars as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the child prodigy of classical music. His portrayal of Mozart is bold. Was Mozart really insane by the time he died? Was he a puppet of his father? A gift so beautiful, treated no better than a common serf.
You will laugh with Tom Hulce's mad giggle, you will roll your eyes at the treatment given throughout the movie, but most of all you will finish viewing this wonderful tale and feel fulfilled! Allow yourself a few days to contemplate all you've experienced in this film.
Give yourself the opportunity to "feel" the music with your entire being. You wont be sorry!!
I really loved this movie,costumes,location, acting,all great but the music! it stays with you long after the dvd is finished.A fabulous movie to watch and listen to.
Historically this story is so inaccurate but it is very, very entertaining with the lavish costumes, great acting and of course the wonderful music. The non-European accents add to the almost spoof quality of the portrayal of Mozart's life.
Stunning music, both from Mozart and in the background, excellent acting, great "atmospherics".
Once again, just loved the scene where Mozart hears (for the first time!) Salieri's frizzy little march composed in the Emperor's honour, then immediatly embellishes it into an excellent piece of baroque-type music.
Great movie, showing the life and strugle of one of the geatest composers.(Most of them become great after death,sruggling through life)
This picture shows the real Mozart,his magnificent music,his genius
and his struggles in arigid era.
Great music not real history.
I really loved this movie. It surprised me as i was expecting something quite different.
Classic Tragic Biography of Wolfgang Mozart -What I found most disgusting in this is his ending where they reuse a coffin and buried this famous composer in a mas grave with others. - No dignity or respect - however and overall I enjoyed this movie and at times got a little lost, in the length of the stroyline but enjoyed it nevertheless - For people like myself who enjoy Period Type Costumes - I totally recommend it
Very entertaining movie which, because of its length, is best viewed over a couple of nights. Be sure to watch the special effects disc: you will be enlightened.
Particularly for Mozart fans.
When this film first came out, many critics suffered the Salieri syndrome. A man, they said, who produced such sublime music could not possibly have any resemblance to the Mozart portrayed here. Perhaps not. Nevertheless the screenplay is riveting,Tom Hulce superb, and the music - of course - is breathtaking.
From a technical point of view am excellent film. From an historical one - a gross distortion of the life and character of Mozart not to speak of sheer inaccuracies - Salieri was not present at Mozart's death bed nor did he commission or complete the Requiem. However the musical score is sublime!
A classical saga involving brilliance and deceit with an unceremonious ending. Must see and highly rated.
There's quite a few stretches and changes to history but I still love this movie.
I found this totally engrossing.
wonderful this is excellent
although I think Amadeus a
little over the top in portrayal