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Breakfast at Tiffany's ()


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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.
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Holly Golightly
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Paul Varjak
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2E Failenson
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Doc Golightly
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O.J. Berman
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José da Silva Pereira (as Vilallonga)
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Tiffany's Salesman
Dorothy Whitney ...
Mag Wildwood
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Rusty Trawler
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Librarian
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Sally Tomato
Beverly Powers ...
Nightclub Stripper (as Miss Beverly Hills)
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Sid Arbuck
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Cat (as Cat)
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Mr. Yunioshi
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Bartender (uncredited)
Al Avalon ...
Spieler at Stripjoint (uncredited)
Janet Banzet ...
Woman (uncredited)
Henry Barnard ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Narcotics Detective Cronberger (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Holly's Drunk Visitor (uncredited) (voice)
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)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Christine Corbin ...
Sing Sing Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)
Tom Curtis ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
James Field ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
George Fields ...
Harmonica Player (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ...
Mr. O'Shaunessy (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Jewelry Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Barbara Kelley ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Gil - Party Guest with Harriet (uncredited)
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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)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest Laughing in Mirror (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Jewelry Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Joyce Meadows ...
Party Guest Shaking Derrier in White Dress (uncredited)
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Jewelry Shop Customer (uncredited)
Hollis Morrison ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Policewoman (uncredited)
Bill Neff ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Harriet - Party Guest in Gold Dress (uncredited)
Chuck Niles ...
Sing Sing Prison Guard (uncredited)
Peggy Patten ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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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)
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Reporter at Policed HQ (uncredited)
Annabella Soong ...
Chinese Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Spring ...
Party Guest with Hat on Fire (uncredited)
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Blonde in Low-Cut Cream Dress (uncredited)
Nino Tempo ...
Customer (uncredited)
Towyna Thomas ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Linda Wong ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Party Guest with Cat on Shoulder (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Blake Edwards

Written by

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Truman Capote ... (based on the novel by)
 
George Axelrod ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Martin Jurow ... producer
Richard Shepherd ... producer

Music by

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Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

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Franz Planer ... director of photography (as Franz F. Planer)
Philip H. Lathrop ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Howard A. Smith ... (as Howard Smith)

Casting By

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Marvin Paige ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Roland Anderson
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Makeup Department

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Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William McGarry ... assistant director

Art Department

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Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Robert McGinnis ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Hugo Grenzbach ... sound recordist
John Wilkinson ... sound recordist
Richard Gramaglia ... sound mixer (uncredited)

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Jesse Wayne ... stunt double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bud Fraker ... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Stetson ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hubert de Givenchy ... principal wardrobe: Miss Hepburn
Edith Head ... costume supervisor
Pauline Trigère ... principal wardrobe: Miss Neal (as Pauline Trigere)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
George Fields ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Carl Fortina ... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Henry Mancini ... conductor (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Frank Inn ... trainer: 'Cat'
Richard Mueller ... technicolor color consultant
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Plot Summary

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 glamour 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 would like to admit. Having not had anything published in over five years, he is a kept man by his wealthy married "decorator", Emily Eustace Failenson - who he refers to as 2E - which allows him not to write, which he no longer truly does. Eventually, Paul falls for Holly, and wants to take care of her, instead of being taken care of as is his current situation. Although Holly also seems to be falling for him, the question becomes whether Paul can fulfill Holly's life aspirations, and if not what needs to change for there even to be the possibility of a future for them. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The Fairest Lady of All - Audrey Hepburn in One of her Most Lavish, Luscious and Hilarious Hits! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Diamants sur canapé (France)
  • Frühstück bei Tiffany (Germany)
  • Desayuno con diamantes (Spain)
  • Pusryciai pas Tifani (Lithuania)
  • Πρόγευμα στο Τίφανις (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Audrey Hepburn's salary for the film was $750,000, making her the highest paid actress per film at the time. See more »
Goofs Throughout the movie the name "José" is always said with the Hispanic pronunciation of the letter "J" (ho say), but the character is said to be Brazilian. Although Brazil has a Spanish-speaking minority, especially in the borderlands with Argentina and other nations, the nation's primary language is Portuguese, where J is pronounced similar to the French fashion as in Jean or Jacques. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Paramount Presents (1974). See more »
Soundtracks Moon River See more »
Quotes Paul Varjak: You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.
[takes out the ring and throws it in Holly's lap]
Paul Varjak: Here. I've been carrying this thing around for months. I don't want it anymore.
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