“Amadeus” quotes

(1984)
Movie Amadeus
Title Amadeus
Year 1984
Director Milos Forman
Genre Drama, History, Biography
Plot – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visits Joseph II thanks to Salieri, the current court musician. Mozart obtains in a short of time a great success with his talent, but he makes some enemies and jealousies as well: Salieri in fact begins to hate him. He admires Mozart's music but considers his behaviour insolent and his language indecent. The pianist however gains many triumphes, while Salieri swears to himself that he will not rest in peace until his rival is dead. After a great success, Mozart becomes poor and his wife Constance abandons him. He's commissioned a Requiem but has to dictate it to Salieri because he's too sick to write. All these facts are narrated by Salieri himself who, aged and closed in a hospice, is still without peace.
All actors – F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay, Kenneth McMillan, Kenny Baker, Lisbeth Bartlett, Barbara Bryne, Martin Cavina, Roderick Cook, Milan Demjanenko, Peter DiGesu, Richard Frank, Patrick Hines, Nicholas Kepros, Philip Lenkowsky, Herman Meckler, Jonathan Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Brian Pettifer, Vincent Schiavelli, Douglas Seale, Miroslav Sekera, Cassie Stuart, John Strauss, Karl-Heinz Teuber, Rita Zohar, Miro Grisa, Helena Cihelnikova, Karel Gult, Zuzana Kadlecova, Magda Celakovska, Slavena Drasilova, Eva Senková, Leos Kratochvil, Gino Zeman, Janoslav Mikulín, Ladislav Krecmer, Karel Fiala, Jan Blazek, Zdenek Jelen, Milada Cechalova, John Carrafa, Sara Clifford, Richard Colton, Shelley Freydont, Anne Glasner, Barbara Hoom, Mary Kellogg, Raymond Kurshals, John Malashock, Jennifer Rawe, Tom Rawe, William Whitener, Hana Brejchová, Miriam Chytilová, Karel Effa, Radka Fiedlerová, Rene Gabzdyl, Karel Hábl, Atka Janousková, Marta Jarolimkova, Gabriela Krckova, Vladimir Krousky, Jirí Krytinár, Radka Kucharova, Jan Kuzelka, Jirí Lír, Lenka Loubalová, Dagmar Maskova, Ladislav Mikes, Jitka Molavcová, Jana Musilová, Vojtech Nalezenec, Pavel Nový, Jiri Opsatko, Jan Pohan, Therese Herz, Ivan Pokorny, Milan Riehs, Iva Sebkova, Zdenek Sklenar, Renata Vackova, Jiri Vancura, Dana Vávrová, Petra Vogelova, Josef Zeman, , June Anderson, Isobel Buchanan, Michele Esposito, Gillian Fisher, Anne Howells, Brian Kay, Robin Leggate, Felicity Lott, Zdenek Mahler, Suzanne Murphy, Alexander Oliver, Patricia Payne, Samuel Ramey, Deborah Rees, Richard Stilwell, Vladimír Svitácek, John Tomlinson, Willard White
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  • “On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse. Bassoons and basset horns, like a rusty squeezebox. And then suddenly, high above it, an oboe. A single note, hanging there, unwavering. Until a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey! This...” (continue)(continue reading)

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:god, music]
  • “He was my idol. Mozart, I can't think of a time when I didn't know his name. I was still playing childish games and he was playing music for kings and emperors. Even the Pope in Rome! I admit I was jealous when I heard the tales they told about him. Not of the brilliant little prodigy himself, but of his father, who had taught him everything.”
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:idols, jealousy, music]
  • “- Antonio Salieri: Leave me alone.
    - Father Vogler: I cannot leave alone a soul in pain.
    - Antonio Salieri: Do you know who I am?
    - Father Vogler: It makes no difference. All men are equal in God's eyes.”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    Richard Frank - Father Vogler
    [Tag:equality, god, soul]
  • “- Constanze Mozart: Wolfie, I think you really are going mad. You work like a slave for that idiot actor who won't give you a penny. And here, this is not a ghost! This is a real man who puts down real money. Why on earth won't you finish it? Can you give me one reason I can understand?
    - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: It's killing me.”

    Elizabeth Berridge - Constanze Mozart
    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater, conferring on all who sat there, perfect absolution. God was singing through this little man to all the world, unstoppable, making my defeat more bitter with every passing bar.”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:absolution, god, music]
  • “A young man trying to impress beyond his abilities.”

    Charles Kay - Count Orsini-Rosenberg
    [Tag:ability, youth]
  • “- Antonio Salieri: Are you sure you can't leave these and, and come back again?
    - Constanze Mozart: It's very tempting sir, but it's impossible, I'm afraid. Wolfgang would be frantic if he found those were missing, you see they're all originals.
    - Antonio Salieri: Originals?
    - Constanze Mozart: Yes, sir, he doesn't make copies.
    - Antonio Salieri...” (continue)
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    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    Elizabeth Berridge - Constanze Mozart
  • “Actually, the man had no ear at all. But what did it matter. He adored my music.”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:music, taste]
  • “- Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don't take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.
    - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”

    Jeffrey Jones - Emperor Joseph II
    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    [Tag:music]
  • My father, he did not care for music. When I told him how I wished I could be like Mozart, he would say; "Why? Do you want to be a trained monkey? Would you like me to drag you around Europe, doing tricks like a circus freak?".
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
  • “Your merciful God. He destroyed His own beloved, rather than let a mediocrity share in the smallest part of His glory. He killed Mozart and kept me alive to torture! 32 years of torture! 32 years of slowlywatching myself become extinct.”
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
  • - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Confutatis maledictis" - when the wicked are confounded. "Flammis Acribus Adictis". How would you translate that?
    - Antonio Salieri: Consigned to flames of woe.
    - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Do you believe in it?
    - Antonio Salieri: What?
    - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A fire which never dies, burning you forever?
    - Antonio... (continue)
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    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:belief, fire, hell]
  • “- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Forgive me, Majesty. I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not.
    - Emperor Joseph II: You are passionate, Mozart, but you do not persuade...”

    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Jeffrey Jones - Emperor Joseph II
  • “- Constanze Mozart: No. I'm not going to marry you. You're a fiend!
    - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ooy vol I tub. Ooy vol I tub!
    - Constanze Mozart: Tub, but. I. Vol, love... But I love you?
    - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: I love you.”

    Elizabeth Berridge - Constanze Mozart
    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    [Tag:love, marriage]
  • “Why? Why would God choose an obscenechild to be His instrument? It was not to be believed! This piece had to be an accident. It had to be!”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
  • “Sire, only opera can do this. In a play if more than one person speaks at the same time, it's just noise, no one can understand a word. But with opera, with music... with music you can have twenty individuals all talking at the same time, and it's not noise, it's a perfect harmony!”

    Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    [Tag:harmony, music]
  • “Mediocrities everywhere... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you all.”
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
  • “Mozart! Mozart, forgive your assassin! I confess, I killed you...”
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
  • “The only thing that worried me was the actual killing. How does one do that? Hmmm? How does one kill a man? It's one thing to dream about it; very different when, when you, when you have to do it with your own hands.”
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:killing]
  • “From now on, we are enemies, You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only the ability to recognize the incarnation. Because You are unjust, unfair, unkind, I will block You, I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature as far as I am able. I will ruin Your incarnation.”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:christ, enemy, hatred]
  • “I will speak for you, Father. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint.”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:mediocrity]
  • “- Antonio Salieri: My plan was so simple. It terrified me. First I must get the death mass and then, I must achieve his death.
    - Father Vogler: What?
    - Antonio Salieri: His funeral! Imagine it, the cathedral, all Vienna sitting there, his coffin, Mozart's little coffin in the middle, and then, in that silence, music! A divine music bursts out...” (continue)
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    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    Richard Frank - Father Vogler
  • “All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing... and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that. If He didn't want me to praise him with music, why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body! And then deny me the talent?”
    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:god, music, prayer]
  • “Italian is the proper language for opera. All educated people agree on that.”
    Charles Kay - Count Orsini-Rosenberg
    [Tag:italy, language]
  • “Astounding! It was actually, it was beyond belief. These were first and only drafts of music, but they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head!”

    F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
    [Tag:music, perfection]
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