Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Director
Blake Edwards
Writer
Actors
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, José Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers, Stanley Adams, Claude Stroud, Elvia Allman, Orangey, Mickey Rooney, Charles Sherlock, Miriam Nelson
Runtime
1 h 55 min
Release Date
5 October 1961
Genres
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Overview
Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an iconic American movie, it is very chic, stylish, and stars the perfect Audrey Hepburn.  Maybe 50 years ago it was, but this movie contains blatant racism (in the full cut version, Mickey Rooney plays a goofy Japanese landlord with an awful accent and grossly stereotypic features and mannerism), possible animal cruelty (they would never throw a cat like that now), sexism, and constant cigarette smoking.  This ancient oddity is a love story about Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) a happy, spacey, slightly innocent party girl who “plays the field.” A party girl that does not work but seems to get a lot of money from the men she “dates,” I would call it something else. Holly Golightly is also passing off info or something to a Mafia thug in prison.

Breakfast at Tiffany's iconic movie

Buddy Ebsen & George Peppard

Buddy Ebsen (Beverly Hillbillies) and George Peppard (The A-Team) are some of the guys who are looking for a real relationship and are tormented by Holly.  George Peppard’s character (Paul Varjak) is coming off a boy toy relationship with an older woman (Patricia Neal in Apt. 2-E).  Paul is a writer, but has he ever gotten paid for writing?  Kind of a stupid, sexist, racist movie, but its chic, it comes off as innocent, and it ends well.  Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” was introduced in Breakfast at Tiffany’sMoon River was a huge hit and probably caused people to fall in love with this movie.

Image from the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany’s"

© 1961 Paramount − All right reserved.

The One Great Scene:

There is one amazing scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the opening of the movie.  As the opening credits roll, Holly gets out of a taxi at dawn in an empty downtown Manhattan and window shops at Tiffany’s while she has a pastry and a cup of coffee.  This is the best part of Breakfast at Tiffany’s this iconic American movie – I never paid attention to the opening credits.

Image from the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany’s"

© 1961 Paramount − All right reserved.

 

 

 

The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending
Holly Golightly decides to stop playing the field and find someone.  She wants to go to Rio with the rich Brazilian and hopes he asks her to marry her.  Unfortunately, Holly is arrested the day before she is to go to Brazil.  She is arrested for unknowingly (?) passing information to a Mafia drug lord in jail.  The rich Brazilian guy dumps Holly and leaves for Brazil.  However, in an emotional ending scene in the rain she admits to loving George Peppard’s character.

 

 

 

Movie Details

Director
Blake Edwards
Writer
Actors
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, José Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers, Stanley Adams, Claude Stroud, Elvia Allman, Orangey, Mickey Rooney, Charles Sherlock, Miriam Nelson
Runtime
1 h 55 min
Release Date
5 October 1961
Genres
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Overview
Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.

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