Amadeus (movie)

1984 film by Miloš Forman

Amadeus is a 1984 American biographical period drama movie directed by Miloš 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 jealousy.

Directed byMiloš Forman
Written byPeter Shaffer
Zdeněk Mahler (Assistant)
Produced bySaul Zaentz
StarringF. Murray Abraham
Tom Hulce
Elizabeth Berridge
CinematographyMiroslav Ondříček
Edited byMichael Chandler
Music byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Release date
September 19, 1984 (1984-09-19)
Running time
Theatrical release
161 minutes
Director's cut
180 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million
Box office$51,973,029

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

Academy Awards 1984
Golden Globe Awards 1984
LAFCA Awards 1984
  • 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)
American Cinema Editors
  • Won (1)
    • Best Edited Feature Film (Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler)
Casting Society of America
Directors Guild of America
  • Won (1)
    • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Miloš Forman)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award
  • Won (1)
    • Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)
American Film Institute

United Kingdom

  • Won (4)
  • 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)
David di Donatello
Nastro d'Argento
  • Won (2)
    • Best Actor — Foreign Film (Tom Hulce)
    • Best Director — Foreign Film (Miloš Forman)


César Award
Japan Academy Prize


Amanda awards
  • Won (1)
    • Best Foreign Feature Film


  1. "The 57th Academy Awards (1985) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  2. "NY Times: Amadeus". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-01-01.

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