AMADEUS - DIRECTOR'S CUT includes new footage that was not used in the 1984 original, as well as improved sound.
In a lavish 18th Century parlor in Austria, an elderly man is found, by his servant, with his throat slashed. The wound is self-inflicted, and the man is the little-known composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), contemporary and adversary of the now-famed, but once reviled, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Later, from his cell in an insane asylum, Salieri tells a priest (Herman Meckler) the story of his association with Mozart, confessing that he actually killed the brilliantly gifted but troubled young man. Based on the award-winning play by Peter Shaffer, Milos Forman's riveting, brilliant, Oscar-winning AMADEUS is a fictionalized account of the real-life mysterious death of Mozart. Abraham, in the role that won him the Best Actor Oscar, is the celebrated court composer to Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones)--his confidence and religious dedication shaken when he meets the boorish 26-year-old Mozart as he chases his future wife (Elizabeth Berridge) around a party while making obscene remarks. Furious that this clownish boy can produce such beautiful music, Salieri determines to keep Mozart's talent from lasting recognition and sets himself on a course for Mozart's destruction that leads to his own as well. Mozart continues to mount beautiful, moving operas (incredibly staged in the film), but becomes obsessed with writing a Requiem as his friends, family, health, and resources waste away, Salieri's manipulating presence always there. It is hard to imagine anyone--whether they are knowledgeable about classical music or not--who would not be held captive by this superb feast for the eyes and ears, a film whose excellence can be felt in every detail.
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration 1984
Academy Awards Best Costume Design 1984
Academy Awards Best Picture 1984
Academy Awards Best Sound 1984
Academy Awards Best Actor 1984 F. Murray Abraham American actor, AMADEUS
Academy Awards Best Director 1984 Milos Forman Czech director
Academy Awards Best Makeup 1984 Dick Smith Hollywood Make-Up and Effects, THE EXORCIST, LITTLE BIG MAN
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1984 Peter Shaffer Playwright/Screenwriter