On his deathbed Court Composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) confesses to having killed Mozart (Tom Hulce), the genius composer. Flashback to Mozart's arrival in Vienna. His brash and vulgar manner is the antithesis of his divine musical gift. Salieri cannot reconcile that God would endow such genius on this coarse boy. The story unfolds as Mozart becomes more and more popular and Salieri becomes more obsessed with destroying him and getting his revenge on God. Using his influence, Salieri drives his rival to poverty. Finally, he poses as Mozart's deceased father and haunts the sickly composer, driving him to an ignominious grave. Released in 1984, the film went on to win 8 Academy Awards, including a Best Director win for Milos Forman.
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