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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lavish, award-winning film with mature themes.

Movie R 1984 158 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 18+

Director’s Cut version is not for kids

My husband and I remembered Amadeus and encouraged our teen kids and young adults to watch it with us. We rented the director’s cut, not aware that it was rated R and had scenes that we had not seen before and didn’t even anticipate seeing so we could have avoided them. It was quite upsetting. I will be very wary of a directors cut in the future.
age 15+

A good history movie but questionable

There are two versions the theatrical version Rated PG(more deserving of PG-13) and Extended Edition Rated R. The Rated R version has a sexual scene with nudity and the word c**t is used. The theatrical version has sensuality. theatrical edition is for 12+ extended edition is for 15+

Is It Any Good?

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Czech-born director Milos Foreman draws viewers in by having his largely American cast speak with their own voices in plain English rather than performing in out-of-tune accents and dialects. While the real Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not the scruffy and impish type depicted here -- and there's no real evidence his jealous rival Salieri engaged in a conspiracy to murder him -- Amadeus does rock as a morality drama using these real-life figures and their music in an ornate, if lengthy, tale of envy, talent, and wicked manipulation. Some music scholars wince at the distorted images of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and lesser-known composer Antonio Salieri perpetuated by this multiple Oscar winner (and the Peter Shaffer play that inspired it).

One of the movie's strongest images is an ominous Dr. Doom-masked figure (an agent of Salieri) pushing Mozart over the edge by hiring the struggling composer to write a funeral requiem. It really did happen, but this culprit was actually a notorious fraud who regularly commissioned pieces from down-on-their-luck composers, then passed the work off as his own. And, though Salieri's jealousy of Mozart is well-documented, there's no evidence he deliberately drove the upstart to an untimely grave.

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