Year: 2002 (1984)
UK: Warner Bros
Cast: F Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay, Kenny Baker, Lisabeth Bartlett, Barbara Bryne, Martin Cavani, Roderick Cook, Milan Demjanenko, Peter Digesu, Richard Frank, Patrick Hines, Nicholas Kepros, Philip Lenkowsky, Herman Meckler, Jonathan Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Brian Pettifer, Vincent Schiavelli, Douglas Seale, Miroslav Sekera, John Strauss, Karl-Heinz Teuber, Kenneth McMillan, Cassie Stuart, Rita Zohar
Director: Milos Forman
Country: USA
UK: 180 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains mild horror, nudity and some mild language
UK Release Date: 26 July 2002


Based on the award-winning play by Peter Shaffer, director Milos Forman's fictional version recounts the real-life, mysterious death of Mozart.

F Murray Abraham who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Salieri, the celebrated court composer to Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones), has his confidence and religious dedication shaken when he meets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) and takes an instant dislike to the 26 year-old. Furious that Mozart can produce such beautiful music yet be so uncouth, 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 produce beautiful, moving operas but becomes obsessed with writing a Requiem as his friends, family, health, and resources waste away, Salieri's manipulating, sinister presence is always there.

The director's cut includes new footage that was not used in the 1984 original, as well as improved sound.