Immortal Beloved (1994)


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This biography of Ludwig von Beethoven (played here by Gary Oldman) builds its narrative around an actual letter found after his death, addressed only to the composer's "immortal beloved." The responsibility of discovering this mysterious person's identity falls to Beethoven's friend and secretary (Jeroen Krabbé), who sets out on an investigation that soon becomes an exploration of the composer's life. Through recollections and scattered hints, we receive glimpses of Beethoven's relationships … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Rose
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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as Anna Marie Erdody

as Johanna Reiss

as Karl van Beethoven

as Nanette Streicher

as Clemens Metternich

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as Therese Obermayer

as Theresa von Brunsvik

as Jakob Hotscevar

as Karl Holz

as Jacob Raicz

as Josephine von Brunsw...

as Wenzel Robert von Ga...

as Johann Van Beethoven

as George Bridgtower

as Marie Frolich

as Elector Max Friedric...

as Lilo Braun

as Custody Policeman

as Magistrate

as Ignaz Schuppanzigh

as Suzanna Guicciardi

as Fritzi Erdody

as Country Policeman

as Erdody Servant

as Artillery Captain
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Critic Reviews for Immortal Beloved

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Rose's Beethoven biopic is something of a Europudding, a stodgy concoction of clashing accents and performance styles.

Full Review… | November 16, 2014
Movie Talk

I doubet whether Rose's speculative and overwroght chronicle of Beethoven will rekindle interest in the composer's life and work in the same way that Amadeus did for Mozart.

Full Review… | December 12, 2006

A little slow, but overall a good film.

September 28, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

completely nuts!

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Imitation Ken Russell biopic lacking in power and a feel for the music.

September 27, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Immortal Beloved

Gary Oldman is absolutely phenomenal here as Ludwig van Beethoven but the supporting cast is a bit overacted or sometimes wooden and fake. The film itself is a little confusing and slow but it's easy to forget that when you're wrapped up in the mystery, and when watching Oldman give a tour de force performance, and listening to the magnificent music of Beethoven.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer


Immortal Beloved is an incredible biopic about one of the most famed composers who ever lived. Gary Oldman is the perfect choice to play composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. He brought such charisma to his performance that it's a shame he didn't win an Oscar. I thought he was excellent in the role. Immortal Beloved is a well crafted picture that focuses on the life of Beethoven, and with Gary Oldman's incredible performance, it adds so much to this already impressive film. Whenever a filmmaker decides to tells an artists story on film, it can be either bad or goo. But like Amadeus before it, Immortal Beloved has the distinction of being an incredible and memorable film about another famous composer. The film is different than Amadeus, but it still manages to be just as grand as that film was. Because after all, Beethoven wasn't a forgettable person. Director Bernard Rose did a fine job at bringing Beethoven's life to the screen, and with this cast; he's able to convey a near flawless piece of cinema to the screen. Immortal Beloved is a beautifully acted and told film that has a wonderful story. This is a film for people who admire Beethoven and for Classical music fans everywhere. As of yet, this is the best biopic on Beethoven's life that I have seen, and with Gary Oldman in the lead role, it will be very hard to find someone to outdo his performance. A truly engaging picture.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

How to depict "genius"? Yes, there are the achievements ... but why? This movie goes with love as the motivating factor that drove perhaps the world's most renowned composer, the Einstein of music, Beethoven. Oldman, no slouch artist himself, is magnetic as a soul slowly losing that which is most to him in this captivating mystery that attempts to define the undefinable. A worthy effort.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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