Antonio Salieri believes that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. He began his career as a devout man who believes his success and talent as a composer are God's rewards for his piety. He's also content as the respected, financially well-off, court composer of Austrian Emperor Joseph II. But he's shocked to learn that Mozart is such a vulgar creature, and can't understand why God favored Mozart to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is ready to take revenge against God and Mozart for his own musical mediocrity .
|nudity||Salieri interrupts Mozart and his girlfriend as they attempt sex. Several men are fully nude in a mental institution. One man is fully nude with his genitals visible, and other men's backsides can be seen. A woman tries to seduce a man by stripping nude. Her bare breasts are seen briefly in a few shots. They are shown getting sexually aroused. A man sensuously kisses the breasts of a woman in a low-cut gown. (The PG version is without the nudity and arousal scene)|
|violence||When two men open the door, an old man was injured. Blood is shown on his hands. One mild image of blood on a character who has just attempted suicide.|
|profanity||'Cunt' is used once. 'Shit' is said three times. 'Ass' and 'piss' are used once each. And a few uses of 'damn' and 'hell.' (The PG version is without the use of 'cunt')|
|alcohol||Mozart is shown drinking copious amounts of alcoholic beverages. Mozart is seen with a large container of an alcoholic beverage during all of Salieri's concertos. He is intoxicated at the end of each scene due to that.|
|frightening||Theatrical: PG Though, because of the sensuality and pervasive drinking, the film would be rated PG-13 for today's standards. Extended version: R: sexual content/nudity and intensively strong language.|