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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 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.



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Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
2E Failenson
Doc Golightly
O.J. Berman
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
José da Silva Pereira (as Vilallonga)
Sally Tomato
Dorothy Whitney ...
Mag Wildwood
Beverly Powers ...
Nightclub Stripper (as Miss Beverly Hills)
Rusty Trawler
Claude Stroud ...
Sid Arbuck
'Cat' - a Cat (as Cat)


Holly Golightly is a flighty Manhattan party girl, who expects "money for the powder room as well as for cab fare" for her companionship. She has even gotten a lucrative once weekly job to visit notorious convict Sally Tomato in Sing Sing, she needing to report back to Sally's lawyer the weather report that Sally tells her as proof of her visits with him in return for payment. Her aspirations for glamor and wealth are epitomized by the comfort she feels at Tiffany's, the famous high end jewelry retailer where she believes nothing can ever go wrong. Her resolve for this wealth is strengthened, if not changed slightly in focus, upon news from home. Into Holly's walk-up apartment building and thus her life is Paul Varjak, a writer who Holly states reminds her of her brother Fred, who she has not seen in years and who is currently enlisted in the army. The two quickly become friends in their want for something outside of their current lot. Paul's situation is closer to Holly's than he ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frühstück bei Tiffany  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mel Blanc: Holly's "Over-eager Date" was played by none other than the legendary voice actor. See more »


Cat is played by at least two cats, a yellow mackerel tabby and a yellow classic tabby, that change back and forth throughout the movie. (The Trivia section says there were at least nine cats.) See more »


[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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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Casino Royale (2011) See more »


Moon River Cha Cha
(1961) (uncredited)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
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Audrey's a Delight
15 March 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" preserves an idyllic time and place in the American psyche, New York City between WWII and The Great Society. A time when being hip and urbane were accessible (and desirable) to the middle-class.

The film's" the two romantic protagonists are Holly Golightly, played wonderfully by Audrey Hepburn, and Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard in an understated performance that well complements Hepburn's. Holly is an aspiring socialite and party-girl looking for a wealthy sugar daddy. Paul is an aspiring writer and kept-man of a wealthy older woman. Neither is happy, but both go through the motions in a swirl of Manhattan parties and parings.

Everything falls nicely into place in this romantic-comedy; directing, musical score, acting, and screenplay. Filmed on location in New York this is a beautiful, captivating movie, that has not only aged well, but is a time machine to a wonderful place that probably really never existed except in our imagination.

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