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WMG for Amadeus. There may be unmarked spoilers.

Ludwig van Beethoven makes a brief cameo.
In the scene at the party, there was a little kid who seemed absolutely fascinated with Mozart's musical games. Was that supposed to be the young Beethoven? He would have been about the right age...

Everything in the film really happened.

This film will eventually lead to Salieri's work being a regular part of classical orchestra repertoires.
If it hasn't already.
  • It's certainly helped. When the movie came out, Salieri was relatively obscure but now there are hundreds of recordings of his work available.

Salieri is yanking around that priest with a story of how he murdered Mozart.
Think about it — Salieri must have known about the rumors saying that he murdered Mozart. Now, here he is in the film — old, alone and forgotten — and here comes a young priest who fancies himself "musical", so Salieri decides to test him. The young priest is totally unfamiliar with any of Salieri's work. So he plays a piece of Mozart's. And the priest has heard that Salieri has said that he killed Mozart. Salieri's response is not to confess his deed; he says, "You've heard that?" And Salieri proceeds to spin a tale of jealousy and murder to further embellish his own reputation — if he can't be remembered as being a greater composer than Mozart, then he wants to be known as the man who murdered the greatest composer of his age.
  • In the stage play that was actually Salieri's original plan—to confess to the murder and commit suicide, sealing his eternal fame by earning the hatred of the world, who now appreciate Mozart's work. However, it's made clear by the end that the public doesn't take his story seriously at all. There is no priest but rather Salieri is narrating to the audience, so the ambiguity more pronounced in some ways.
  • It should be noted that in Real Life, Salieri did confess to murdering Mozart while having a psychotic episode caused by the onset of dementia— only to recant his "confession" when he returned to lucidity.

Mozart was the inspiration for Lady Gaga
  • Seriously, did you see that guy? Think about it: he's crazy, crude, unconventional, and that's what made him so great! If he wasn't the inspiration for her, Gaga's probably a reincarnation of Mozart.
  • Word of God possibly was not anticipating The Lady, but did suggest that composers like Wolfie were the rock stars of their time...
    • You could probably say the same thing about Lisztomania or someone like Paganini — even moreso because these were high-profile performers into their adulthood.
  • Michael Jackson is probably a better comparison. They were child prodigies who started performing at an early age. They often performed with their siblings. They had complex relationships with their stage dads. They were even more successful as adults but also had reputations as strange manchildren who didn't know how to properly act in public. They both got up to their eyeballs in debt. They both died at a fairly young age (35 in 1791 was probably closer to how 50 was in 2009) under somewhat suspicious circumstances.

Somebody in the movie did poison Mozart
  • The movie mostly ascribes Mozart's failing health due to natural causes and the stresses of working on the Requiem. However, the maid briefly mentions to Salieri that Mozart is regularly taking his "medicine" which makes him worse. This is never brought up otherwise. Perhaps somebody (Salieri, the maid, or even Constanze) is introducing small amounts of poison each time?
    • Heck, the poison might not even have been intentional. Either they had really weird ideas about what was medicinally sound (this was an era when they were still using mercury in medicine, remember), or the stuff had a bad interaction with the copious amounts of alcohol Mozart was drinking.

Mozart's lechery is completely in Salieri's imagination.
  • The first time Salieri sees Mozart is when the latter is making out with Constanze in a back room at the Archbishop's party. This is wildly inappropriate behavior even by modern standards, so Salieri concludes Mozart must be a lech. Then, Caterina, whom Salieri is obsessed with, gets the lead part in Mozart's new opera. Salieri is paranoid the two of them will hook up. When Caterina reacts with violent jealousy to the announcement of Mozart's and Constanze's engagement, Salieri's fear seems confirmed.

However, we never actually see Mozart fool around with anyone but Constanze. The two of them are super touchy-feely throughout the whole movie, but he never acts that way with any other women, even when there are very attractive ladies vying for his attention. Plus, Caterina is quite flirty, as we see during her interactions with Salieri. Possibly she was herself infatuated with Mozart, but he never reciprocated. It'd still explain her jealousy towards Constanze.