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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  4 November 1961 (Japan)
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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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Complete credited cast:
2E Failenson
Doc Golightly
O.J. Berman
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
José Dasilva 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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Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. . .the most hilarious heroine who ever rumpled the pages of a best-seller. . .is serving wild oats and wonderful fun! See more »


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Release Date:

4 November 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Frühstück bei Tiffany  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Patricia Neal's hair was dyed red so as not to compete with Audrey Hepburn's dark locks. See more »


When Holly breaks things in her apartment, Paul's necktie is alternately in/out of his vest between shots. 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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Moon River Cha Cha
(1961) (uncredited)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
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3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can you say about Truman Capote's masterpiece? It is brilliant!! Hepburn is wonderful as a young woman who is on the verge of insanity, but unknowingly to most around her. She is confused and lost in the world, and she meets Paul, both having sex with the wrong people, both confused about who they are and where they are in the world... they are"two drifters." Holly is a character that remains classic, and Hepburn played her brilliantly!! I love this movie, it will make you believe in love, and what girl doesn't truly love Tiffany's? Moon River is also a truly beautiful song that expresses the mood throughout the movie. It also has a few surprises, and is witty and charming.

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