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Director:
Writers:
Truman Capote (based on the novel by)
George Axelrod (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 November 1961 (Japan) See more »
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The Fairest Lady of All - Audrey Hepburn in One of her Most Lavish, Luscious and Hilarious Hits! See more »
Plot:
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Alan Reed ... Sally Tomato
Dorothy Whitney ... Mag Wildwood
Beverly Powers ... Nightclub Stripper (as Miss Beverly Hills)

Stanley Adams ... Rusty Trawler
Claude Stroud ... Sid Arbuck

Elvia Allman ... Librarian

Orangey ... 'Cat' - a Cat (as Cat)

Mickey Rooney ... Mr. Yunioshi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Avalon ... Spieler at Stripjoint (uncredited)
Janet Banzet ... Woman (uncredited)
Henry Barnard ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Henry Beckman ... Narcotics Detective Cronberger (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Mel Blanc ... Holly's Drunk Visitor (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Bradley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Thayer Burton ... Girl in Shower (uncredited)
Florine Carlan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Party Guest in Blue and Green Dress (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Marian Collier ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Christine Corbin ... Sing Sing Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Tom Curtis ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Field ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Fields ... Harmonica Player (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ... Mr. O'Shaunessy (uncredited)
Barbara Kelley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kip King ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gil Lamb ... Gil - Party Guest with Harriet (uncredited)
Hanna Landy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... The Cousin (uncredited)
Mary LeBow ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Floorwalker (uncredited)
Leatrice Leigh ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Mel Leonard ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank Marth ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fay McKenzie ... Party Guest Laughing in Mirror (uncredited)
Joyce Meadows ... Party Guest Shaking Derrier in White Dress (uncredited)
Hollis Morrison ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kate Murtagh ... Policewoman (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson ... Harriet - Party Guest in Gold Dress (uncredited)
Chuck Niles ... Sing Sing Prison Guard (uncredited)
Peggy Patten ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Patten ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Perri ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Quinlivan ... Party Guest with Eyepatch (uncredited)
William Benegal Rau ... Hindu at Party (uncredited)
Joe Scott ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter at Policed HQ (uncredited)
Annabella Soong ... Chinese Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Party Guest with Hat on Fire (uncredited)

Joan Staley ... Blonde in Low-Cut Cream Dress (uncredited)
Nino Tempo ... Customer (uncredited)
Towyna Thomas ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Glen Vernon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Linda Wong ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Party Guest with Cat on Shoulder (uncredited)
Richard Wyler ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Zaslow ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Truman Capote (based on the novel by)

George Axelrod (screenplay)

Produced by
Martin Jurow .... producer
Richard Shepherd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Franz F. Planer)
Philip H. Lathrop (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
 
Casting by
Marvin Paige (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Robert McGinnis .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
Richard Gramaglia .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Stetson .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hubert de Givenchy .... principal wardrobe: Miss Hepburn
Edith Head .... costume supervisor
Pauline Trigere .... principal wardrobe: Miss Neal
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank Inn .... trainer: 'Cat'
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2001) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1995) (2006) (2011) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original release) (MPAA rating: certificate #19835) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alan Reed, who plays Sally Tomatoes, was the voice of Fred Flintstone of "The Flintstones" (1960), a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. "The Huckleberry Hound Show" (1958) - a mask that Holly picks up in the store - is also a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When learning Portuguese Holly says there are over "four thousand irregular verbs." However in Brazilian Portuguese these have all been rationalized. Holly was going to Brazil.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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176 out of 251 people found the following review useful.
Audrey Hepburn - The "It" Girl of the 60s, 12 April 2004
Author: misslv80

I've loved "Breakfast at Tiffany's" since I was nine. Even before I completely understood about Holly's "profession", I was captivated by the grace and magic that was Audrey Hepburn.

George Peppard plays Paul Varjak, a writer who has to earn his living through a wealthy socialite, Patricia Neal, as her "kept" man. Audrey, who plays Holly Golightly, is a gold-digging call girl, who is looking for the right rich man to marry. Though you would think these two would be unflattering characters, they are both very charming and put on phony personas (especially in Holly's case) in order to survive.

You have to marvel at how a woman like Audrey could look so good in anything she wore. At the beginning of the movie when she first meets Peppard, she's only wearing a simple white shirt that she wears as a nightgown or at the party scene when she first comes out and greets her friend O.J. Berman wearing nothing but a sheet made up to look like a dress! Gorgeous!

It's a marvelous piece of acting when Holly first meets Paul in her apartment, and she's talking about how she has to get ready to meet one of her "clients" in jail, Sally Tomato, and she's talking about her profession, looking at herself in the mirror, getting dressed, asking Paul to find one of her shoes, etc., and then, voila! the famous basic black dress and hat with the wide brim. Very stylish - and in the scene she is given much to work with, the way she has to juggle the dialogue and the action of what she is doing all at once. Very natural and sophisticated at the same time.

Audrey is very believable as Holly because her character is someone who is pretending to be sophisticated, hanging around with phony people, but really comes from humble beginnings. Once in a while you will hear in her voice the "country-girl" drawl, and you will see through the facade of Holly Golightly who she really is. George Peppard is also very handsome and believable as the "starving" writer who also has to sell himself out in order to earn a living.

Many complaints have been made about Mickey Rooney and the "stereotypical" portrayal of the landlord Mr. Yunioshi. Yes, it is stereotyped, but nonetheless, I still thought it was funny. The party scene is one of the best in the movie - hilarious! Wonderful score by Henry Mancini. Of course it's a classic scene when Holly pulls up in front of Tiffany's in the New York taxi, drinking coffee and eating a danish in front of the window. New York City itself is like a vibrant, interesting character in the movie. I could go on and on.

And to top it all off, it's a very romantic love story about two people who find happiness in the crazy, mixed-up world we live in. A classic. Recommended to anyone who loves old Hollywood cinema.

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