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158 min.
United States United States
Peter Shaffer (Play: Peter Shaffer)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Miroslav Ondricek
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The Saul Zaentz Company / Orion Pictures
Drama | Biography. 18th Century. Music
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1984: 8 Academy Awards, including Movie, Director, Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Adapted Screenplay
1984: 4 Golden Globes, including Best Movie - Drama. 6 nominations
1984: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1984: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film, Director and Actor (Tom Hulce)
1984: César Award: Best Foreign Film
1985: 4 BAFTA Awards, including Best Cinematography. 9 Nominations
1984: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film, Director, Actor & Screenplay
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