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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 October 1961 (USA)
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A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Truman Capote (based on the novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Holly Golightly
George Peppard ... Paul Varjak
Patricia Neal ... 2E Failenson
Buddy Ebsen ... Doc Golightly
Martin Balsam ... O.J. Berman
José Luis de Vilallonga ... José da Silva Pereira (as Vilallonga)
John McGiver ... Tiffany's Salesman
Dorothy Whitney Dorothy Whitney ... Mag Wildwood
Stanley Adams ... Rusty Trawler
Elvia Allman ... Librarian
Alan Reed ... Sally Tomato
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Nightclub Stripper (as Miss Beverly Hills)
Claude Stroud ... Sid Arbuck
Orangey ... Cat (as Cat)
Mickey Rooney ... Mr. Yunioshi
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Storyline

After one of her frequent visits to Tiffany's--New York City's dazzling jewellery store--and the maximum security Sing-Sing prison for mobster Sally Tomato's weekly "weather report", Holly Golightly, Manhattan's elegant socialite, finds herself infatuated with her charming new neighbour, Paul Varjak. Stuck in a persistent creative rut, Paul, too, lets himself drawn into Holly's superficial world, of course, not because he likes the idea that he reminds her of her brother, but because, little by little, he succumbs to Holly's beguiling allure. Even though they don't openly admit it, the two reluctant lovers have a past that they struggle to keep at bay; nevertheless, are their well-hidden secrets powerful enough to keep them apart? After all, Paul and Holly are meant for each other. Will an early-morning breakfast at Tiffany's be the prelude to a breezy young love? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

The Fairest Lady of All - Audrey Hepburn in One of her Most Delicious Delights! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Camera shadow visible on the wall as Paul leaves Holly's bedroom, following her destruction of it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sid Arbuck: [seeing Holly enter her building] Hey!
[he chases her inside]
Sid Arbuck: Hey, baby, what's going on here?
Holly Golightly: Oh, hi!
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Alternate Versions

The 45th Anniversary DVD release of the film includes revealing footage of the nightclub stripper that was previously left out of the earlier DVD and video releases. See more »

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Referenced in Glee: Makeover (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Moon River
(1961)
By Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Performed by Audrey Hepburn (uncredited)
Whistled by George Peppard (uncredited)
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"...no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself..."
11 April 2017 | by elvircorhodzicSee all my reviews

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's is an exciting and entertaining romantic comedy about a charismatic girl from high society and an unrealized writer. Film is loosely based on Truman Capote's novella of the same name.

A young and elegantly dressed lady walks around and looking in a shop windows in an early morning. After looking into the shop's windows, she strolls home. Outside her apartment, she fends off her date from the disastrous night before. Later, she meets, a pleasant and somewhat confused writer, the new tenant in her building. They develop a special relationship. She wants to marry a rich man. However, her new friend slowly falls in love with her. Both must give up of some important goals in their lives for the sake of love...

This is an unconvincing and provocative story with a touch of an inappropriate comedy, romance and melodrama. However, this distorted reality has a certain depth. The story of a nobody's-but everyone's girl is, given her past, a naive and painful at the same time. A quiet and insecure writer with an obvious problem of writer's block and hands of a beautiful and rich older lady around his neck enters in her life. It is a quite confusing situation in life.

Costume design is exquisite, the song "Moon River" is haunting as a reflection of fears, turmoil and friendship.

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly / Lula Mae Barnes is an irresistible, irritating, bumbling and gentle woman with two names. She constantly flees away from itself. Holly is "the real fake" and "a wild thing" at the same time. Lula Mae is a person from whom Holly escapes. Ms. Hepburn is a beautiful and gentle actress, exceptional comedienne, who is an ideal choice for this role. George Peppard as Paul Varjak is often set aside as an observer. He was not the right choice for this role. George just can not follow a "twisting" step of the unreliable Holly. Mr. Edwards has tried to equalize their characters. They are unhappy, unfulfilled and they differ from some moral standards. Their relationship is based on an unconditional friendship. There is no a chemistry or love sparks. He has, in an elusive and unreliable girl, found an inspiration in his life. She has found a man who will, regardless of her excesses and lies, always be beside her and lend her a hand when she falls.

Their support are Patricia Neal (Mrs. Emily Eustace "2E" Failenson) as a cool rich woman with a beautiful smile and a magnetic gaze. Martin Balsam as O.J. Berman is very funny as a Hollywood agent. Mickey Rooney as I.Y. Yunioshi is an inappropriate and hackneyed cliché.

This is an odd collection of turbulent and false feelings, which is a comic and melodramatic at the same time, and even occasionally pleasant to watch.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

6 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,023
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Company Credits

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Jurow-Shepherd See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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