JT Film Review

27 – Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus: The Director’s Cut REVIEW

5/5 stars

Director – Milos Forman

Cast – Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Durridge, Jeffrey Jones



I’ve more or less grown up with the movie Amadeus, a movie centered around Mozart. In fact, I’ve grown up with Mozart’s music as well. I’ve always loved it when I have a chance to introduce the movie to someone else. We watched it in music class in high school, and I recently persuaded my girlfriend to watch it. She was very reluctant to, but eventually I put it in the player, and she loved it. It felt good to watch someone appreciate it as much as I had. This movie really is one in a million, the pacing is just right, the feel of it is perfect, and the music… well, it’s Mozart. The story is one of the best in any movie.

The only possible problem I have with the movie is Tom Hulce’s (Mozart) acting. Don’t get me wrong, I love his take on the character, gigling, impulsive and annoying as heck. However, he just is not a great actor. However, he isn’t that bad, it’s just that he’s with some great talent here. F. Murray Abraham deserves all the credit he can get for his portrayal of Salieri, Mozart’s vengeful rival. He is subtle, angry, creepy, and a blast to watch. He deserved every accolade he could get for that role.

Milos Forman directed this movie; the only other movie of his I have seen is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but I don’t remember it well enough to compare them. He also directed Hair and Man on the Moon.

ama2Also of note in this movie is an appearance of a young Cynthia Nixon, who would go on to star in “Sex and the City” (as the red headed one, Miranda). She plays a young maid who is either scared or intimidated for 90 percent of the film; she plays frightened very well I might add.

Jeffrey Jones is another fine character actor who appears; here he plays Emperor Joseph II, Mozart’s employer and ruler. He is perfectly cast in this role, his little “catch-phrase” of sorts which he has (based on something the Emperor actually said frequently) is hilarious, and Jones uses perfect comic timing with each delivery.


This movie can definitely be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, regardless of whether they like classical music. Although, by the end of this movie, I think they will enjoy classical music, and good for them, too. A funny, dramatic, inspiring, and tragic story, recommended to all.



“Amadeus” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



July 16, 2009 - Posted by | 5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Drama, Year - 1980-1989 | , , , ,


  1. IMHO Amadeus is a really great movie.

    F. Murray Abraham was perfect for the role of Salieri.

    Comment by Tigre de Fogo | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. Agreed.

    Comment by jamesturpin | May 20, 2010 | Reply

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