Ripe with great performances and directed passionately by Milos Forman (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, HAIR, RAGTIME), this lavish production stars Tom Hulce as the brilliant hedonistic composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri, his mediocre nemesis. Elizabeth Berridge sportingly plays Mozart's earthy, girlish, adoring love, Constanze. Jeffrey Jones also turns in a remarkable performance as Emperor Joseph II. The story begins with Salieri's deathbed confession and flashes back to explain his desire for revenge. The screenplay is based on Peter Shaffer's play and was rewritten by Shaffer for the screen.
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