Lists: Drama, Biopic, Historical, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1980s, Music, Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989

Brief Synopsis: "The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum."

Overall Ranking: 511 (Rank from 1984: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 63.64%
Regular 18.18%
Half-Popped 18.18%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Thomas Pollock100
Annwyn S100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Dan O'Neill95 - Amadeus is a character-driven biography, on one of the greatest minds in art, and the man that wanted his fame the most. It is filled with enough great settings, pieces, very very realistic writing, and most of all terrific performances from both leads, that this film is a joy in all of film.
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Damon Schneider92
Jim Carrier90 - It's a historic look at the greatest musical mind of all-time and the dark forces trying to sabotage the great Mozart.
J Bumgardner85
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80(full review)
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less70(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61
Bryan Lienesch58 - Rather than using quirks as a pleasant garnish, in Amadeus it is the main ingredient. And, somewhere past the two-hour mark, amusement turns into eye-rolling.

People Involved

  • F. Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri)
  • Tom Hulce (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • Elizabeth Berridge (Constanze Mozart)
  • Roy Dotrice (Leopold Mozart)
  • Simon Callow (Emanuel Schikaneder)
  • Christine Ebersole (Katerina Cavalieri)
  • Jeffrey Jones (Emperor Joseph II)
  • Barbara Bryne (Mrs. Weber)
  • Cynthia Nixon (Lorl)
  • Douglas Seale (Count Arco)
  • Charles Kay (Count Orsini-Rosenberg)
  • Kenny Baker (Parody Commendatore)
  • Lisabeth Bartlett (Papagena in The Magic Flute)
  • Martin Cavina (Young Salieri)
  • Roderick Cook (Count Von Strack)
  • Milan Demjanenko (Karl Mozart)
  • Peter DiGesu (Francesco Salieri)
  • MiloÅ¡ Forman (Director)
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