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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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Cast

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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Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly sparkles her way through everything you've ever wanted to do! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In September 2017, Tiffany & Co. bought the original 1961 working script (with deleted scenes and notes in Hepburn's handwriting) for £632,750 ($846,619) at Christie's auction house in London. Selling for more than the second and third highest items sold in the auction that day combined; it's the most expensive film script ever bought at auction. See more »

Goofs

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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Scary Movie 3 (2003) 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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Great Art or Guilty Pleasure?
6 February 2006 | by smc71See all my reviews

I am never sure which Breakfast at Tiffany's is. I can certainly think of movies which more accurately portray the human condition, but of few that are more fun.

Neither Holly nor Paul seem to represent real people. Their attraction, which is the focal point of the movie, is a character unto itself. Paul sees Holly as scared, vulnerable, and in need of rescue and enjoys his role as potential knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She is drawn to him because he sees beyond her facade of fabulousness to the scared little girl she is inside and which she tries (not that hard really at all) to hide. Adding to her attraction to him is the fact that he stands up to her when she treats him shoddily. This probably does not happen to her too often, and it intrigues her.

These are mostly the tricks a romance novelist uses to keep readers baited and rooting for a fictional, possibly doomed romance to work and do not reflect the real nature of love. There is, however, enough chemistry, genuine affection, and respect between the two characters to keep the story from seeming utterly implausible.

Of course, a movie doesn't have to be realistic to realistically portray what is right and what is wrong with the world we live in. Breakfast at Tiffany's doesn't do a whole lot of that either, though. After watching I can never pinpoint one solid message from it.

What it does have a lot of, as many others have pointed out, is stylish, witty, good fun. This is almost always the movie I choose on the rare occasions when my husband is working late, my son is asleep, I have energy to spare and good bottle of wine just begging to be uncorked. Believable or not, it is well-told and compelling, and remains one of the better movies a gal can lose herself in.


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Language:

English | Portuguese | French | Japanese

Release Date:

6 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,023
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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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