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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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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 that delightful, darling Holly Golightly in [Breakfast at Tiffany's] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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4 November 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Frühstück bei Tiffany  »

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Budget:

$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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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, the movie follows Truman Capote's original novel quite closely. The character of Mag Wildwood, the Amazon-like model who crashes Holly's party in the film, is a major character in the novel. Capote describes her as having a stutter. In the film, Mag does indeed stutter though this isn't explained. During the shoplifting sequence, Holly briefly dons a The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958) mask, mirroring the line "my Huckleberry friend" in her song, "Moon River." Although Audrey Hepburn's performance of "Moon River" is unsurpassed, it would not be officially released until after her death. Holly's "bad date" prior to her first visit to Paul's apartment is only heard behind a door. The man who provides this voice is uncredited, but he sounds a lot like Mel Blanc, who at the time was working with film co-star Alan Reed on The Flintstones (1960). See more »

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After stealing the masks, as they run back to their apartment block, Holly pulls her mask off, but as they enter the lobby, the mask is still clearly on her face. 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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Referenced in The Jennie Garth Project: Custom Creations (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Moon River Cha Cha
(1961) (uncredited)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
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Our Huckleberry Friend
1 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Checking out both the original novel and the Wikipedia article on Breakfast At Tiffany's I was surprised to see how different Truman Capote's vision of this story was. Capote who wanted Marilyn Monroe cast as Holly Golightly lived to see Audrey Hepburn make his literary creation one of her best cinematic creations. I think given Marilyn's track record for behavioral problems on film sets, Capote, Blake Edwards the director, and everyone else concerned with Breakfast At Tiffany's probably dodged a bullet.

Capote's story is set in the Forties and the film is contemporary 1961 when it was filmed. There's no real plot to it, Capote did a character study and so is this. It's about two people and the fascination that George Peppard's character develops for the unconventionality of Holly Golightly as Hepburn essays her.

Hepburn is the kept woman of a cross section of the male species and Peppard is the boy toy of another woman who rents in their apartment, Patricia Neal. Neal who would win her Oscar the following year for Hud has her character as curiously underdeveloped. It's the main weakness of Breakfast At Tiffany's.

The strength is of course Audrey Hepburn who took Capote's character completely over and it's her vision of the story that we see when the film is broadcast. She's an amoral minx who in the end realizes that her life is really meaningless.

Breakfast At Tiffany's won two Oscars both for Henry Mancini for Best Musical Scoring and Best Original Song for Moon River. That song is best known for Andy Williams's rendition, but there are also superb recordings by Frank Sinatra and Tony Martin. Hepburn got a nomination for Best Actress and the film was also nominated for Best Art&Set Decoration for a color film and Best Screenplay adapted from another medium, in this case Capote's novella.

Considering all the changes made, maybe the credit should have read inspired by Truman Capote's work. In any event this film belongs in the top rank of the works of Audrey Hepburn.


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