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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 plays that daring, darling Holly Golightly to a new high in entertainment delight! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Holly and Paul take Doc to the bus station as Doc leaves he says to Paul, "At least see that she eats something once in awhile." He then hands Paul something, presumably money, though it's never spoken of by either character. See more »

Goofs

Holly's cigarette changes position and her face changes expression between shots while watching the stripper. 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 Marriage Story (2019) 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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This movie is watchable because of Audrey Hepburn
24 January 2010 | by tammyaphillipsSee all my reviews

There are movies that are loved because of the cast, the music and style, not for the interesting plot, wonderful characterizations or snappy dialogue. This famous movie, Breakfast at Tiffany, has been lovingly regarded for years because of the wonderful Audrey Hepburn and the talented Henry Mancini. Moon River is one of the best movie songs ever. But there is, surprisingly, not much to say overall about this movie.

Two prostitutes become friends. George Peppards' role could have been played by anyone breathing and Micky Rooney was too ridiculous to be funny. The always superb Patricia Neal did not have much to do. Only Buddy Epsen moved me.

There are a few noteworthy scenes. But, Breakfast at Tiffany's is the best example I've seen of a lovely cake with a big hole in the middle.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

6 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,023
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jurow-Shepherd See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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