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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, but her past threatens to get in the way.



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Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
... Holly Golightly
... Paul Varjak
... 2E Failenson
... Doc Golightly
... O.J. Berman
... José da Silva Pereira (as Vilallonga)
... Tiffany's Salesman
Dorothy Whitney ... Mag Wildwood
... Rusty Trawler
... Librarian
... Sally Tomato
Beverly Powers ... Nightclub Stripper (as Miss Beverly Hills)
... Sid Arbuck
... Cat (as Cat)
... Mr. Yunioshi


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 plays Holly Golightly, the craziest heroine who ever crept between the pages of a best-selling novel! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 November 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Frühstück bei Tiffany  »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 January 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,000,000, 31 January 2004
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1.85 : 1
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According to the screenplay, 2-E's real name is Emily Eustace, hence the nickname "2-E." See more »


In the final scene, Paul's rain-soaked hair switches back and forth from being tussled in the wider shots to being slicked back in the close-ups. 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 Bajo la piel (2016) See more »


Moon River
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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Darling Movie!!
23 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Audrey Hepburn plays the elusive socialite. She is a New York gadabout who winds up cavorting around with parasitic, well to do reprobates. Her life is a sort of manufactured intellectual recreation, so to speak. For this social circle, engaging in supercilious delusions of grandeur is everybody's favorite hobby. Audrey Hepburn masquerades a pusillanimity that George Peppard is far more familiar with than he cares to admit! Both of them have a life that is full of euphemistic phraseology which provides a double entente meaning to words and phrases such as: "Friend", "Succor for social enlightenment", "Financial backer", "Ardent supporter thereof", or "I am in need of some very intriguing conversation". Audrey Hepburn is so beautiful in this film!! The jewelry is spectacular!! In particular, the diamond necklace, and tiara, are famous artifacts in the Hollywood world of collectibles, they are right up there with the "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers!! Singing "Moon River" out the window of her Manhattan apartment, Audrey Hepburn garnered a charismatic following with the movie audience with this scene. Hepburn's wardrobe, including the hats, and the Jaqueline Kennedy style sunglasses, all became extremely sensationalized with this film. The conversations with the men in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" sort of ran the run of the mill gambit of the proverbial aging men seeking female companionship. The acceptable scourge with everybody was one in which constructive candor was replaced with one alcoholic beverage after another. "Breakfast At Tiffany's" is a totally marvelous film which brings out the disconcerting genre of the stilted arrangements which prevailed. While pinpointing this dubious rigmarole for the precarious quest of suitable liaisons, it becomes evident that these circumstances are, without question, comfortably symbiotic. This auspicious realm of monotony evokes a very succinct and humorous romanticism for this film's entirely non-conventional dynamic! Such an eccentric scenario in "Breakfast At Tiffany's" is formatted whereby pretenses of sophistication were nothing more than pejorative mendacity, and, reality, was in fact, true love! Best parts of this movie: It makes you want to go to Rio De Janiero, and, never more than ever before, do you want to get caught in the rain!! The amazing array of acting talent in "Breakfast At Tiffany's" will astound you. In addition to Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard,(The inadvertent gigolo) other stars included; Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney. Director of this film, Blake Edwards, (Best known for an onslaught of "Pink Panther" movies, and television shows such as "Peter Gunn and "Mr Lucky") does a remarkable job at directing "Breakfast At Tiffany's". My total assessment of this film; EXCELLENT!! Or, as many prominent spawns of academia would say with an emphatically undaunted demeanor: DARLING MOVIE!!!!

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