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Amadeus

Released 1984
Distributor Orion Pictures

Directed by Miloš Forman and adapted by Peter Shaffer from his own stage play, Amadeus is one of the most unlikely box office hits in Hollywood history. The story of the fraught relationship between Mozart and Italian composer Antonio Salieri features two powerhouse performances from Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri who received an Oscar for Best Actor. The picture took home a score of other Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.