Set in the mid-1800s, the film opens as an elderly Antonio Salieri (rival and contemporary of Mozart), attempts suicide by slitting his throat while loudly begging forgiveness for having killed a long-deceased Mozart. Placed in a lunatic asylum for the act, he is visited by a young priest who seeks to take his confession. Salieri eventually launches into a long "confession" about the relationship between himself and Mozart. Later scenes continue to cut back to this dialog, as Salieri recounts how his piety, jealousy and pride drove him to “avenge” Mozart’s genius.
A young Salieri promised God celibacy in return for fame as a musician. As he rises in talent and prestige, God’s favor seems upon him, yet with the arrival of Mozart, Salieri is overshadowed and, as a result, sets out to ruin Amadeus and gain the fame he feels God owes him.
- Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow
- Director: Milos Forman
- Writer: Peter Shaffer
- Producers: Bertil Ohlsson, Michael Hausman, Saul Zaentz
- Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: December 17, 1997
- Run Time: 160 minutes
- ASIN: 6304712936
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