A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.
Release Year: 1961
Rating: 7.8/10 (52,589 voted)
Critic's Score: 76/100
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal
Struggling writer Paul Varjak moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly's lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul; in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they're alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses.
Writers: Truman Capote, George Axelrod
José Luis de Vilallonga
(as Miss Beverly Hills)
'Cat' – a Cat
Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, the craziest heroine who ever crept between the pages of a best-selling novel!
Release Date: 8 November 1961
Filming Locations: 167 East 71st Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
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Did You Know?
Due to the Hays Code Fred's homosexuality could not be referred to in the movie.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
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.
[seeing Holly enter her building]
[he chases her inside]
Hey, baby, what's going on here?
Audrey Hepburn – The "It" Girl of the 60s
I've loved "Breakfast at Tiffany's" since I was nine. Even before I
completely understood about Holly's "profession", I was captivated by the
grace and magic that was Audrey Hepburn.
George Peppard plays Paul Varjak, a writer who has to earn his living
through a wealthy socialite, Patricia Neal, as her "kept" man. Audrey, who
plays Holly Golightly, is a gold-digging call girl, who is looking for the
right rich man to marry. Though you would think these two would be
unflattering characters, they are both very charming and put on phony
personas (especially in Holly's case) in order to survive.
You have to marvel at how a woman like Audrey could look so good in anything
she wore. At the beginning of the movie when she first meets Peppard, she's
only wearing a simple white shirt that she wears as a nightgown or at the
party scene when she first comes out and greets her friend O.J. Berman
wearing nothing but a sheet made up to look like a dress! Gorgeous!
It's a marvelous piece of acting when Holly first meets Paul in her
apartment, and she's talking about how she has to get ready to meet one of
her "clients" in jail, Sally Tomato, and she's talking about her profession,
looking at herself in the mirror, getting dressed, asking Paul to find one
of her shoes, etc., and then, voila! the famous basic black dress and hat
with the wide brim. Very stylish – and in the scene she is given much to
work with, the way she has to juggle the dialogue and the action of what she
is doing all at once. Very natural and sophisticated at the same time.
Audrey is very believable as Holly because her character is someone who is
pretending to be sophisticated, hanging around with phony people, but really
comes from humble beginnings. Once in a while you will hear in her voice the
"country-girl" drawl, and you will see through the facade of Holly Golightly
who she really is. George Peppard is also very handsome and believable as
the "starving" writer who also has to sell himself out in order to earn a
Many complaints have been made about Mickey Rooney and the "stereotypical"
portrayal of the landlord Mr. Yunioshi. Yes, it is stereotyped, but
nonetheless, I still thought it was funny. The party scene is one of the
best in the movie – hilarious! Wonderful score by Henry Mancini. Of course
it's a classic scene when Holly pulls up in front of Tiffany's in the New
York taxi, drinking coffee and eating a danish in front of the window. New
York City itself is like a vibrant, interesting character in the movie. I
could go on and on.
And to top it all off, it's a very romantic love story about two people who
find happiness in the crazy, mixed-up world we live in. A classic.
Recommended to anyone who loves old Hollywood cinema.