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Top 10 bio-pics: No. 2 ... Amadeus




The official Stuck in the '80s list of the Top 10 Bio-Pics of the '80s is down to the final two movies. 

2. AMADEUS (1984): The story of Vienna-based composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri plays out as half comedy/half tragedy in this film by Milos Forman, based on the play by Peter Shaffer. The film was nominated for 53 awards and received 40, including eight Academy Awards (F. Murray Abraham won for best actor for playing Salieri; Tom Hulce also was nominated for best actor playing Mozart). 

Trivia: Tim Curry and Mark Hamill both auditioned for the role of Mozart. Originally, Kenneth Branagh was cast as Mozart, but Forman changed his mind and decided to go with American actors for the lead roles.

What critics said: "Amadeus is a magnificent film, full and tender and funny and charming -- and, at the end, sad and angry, too, because in the character of Salieri it has given us a way to understand not only greatness, but our own lack of it. This movie's fundamental question, I think, is whether we can learn to be grateful for the happiness of others, and that, of course, is a test for sainthood." - Roger Ebert

Signature line: "Forgive me, Majesty. I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not."

The Top 10 Bio-pics of the '80s: 

10. My Left Foot

9. Gorillas in the Mist

8. The Last Emperor

7. Coal Miner's Daughter

6. Bird

5. Reds

4. Stand and Deliver

3. Gandhi

2. Amadeus

1. Raging Bull

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 2:05pm]


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