Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.


Movie Info

A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbor: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchance for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Truman Capote, George Axelrod
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 1999
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as Holly Golightly

as Berman

as Yunioshi

as Tiffany's Clerk

as Mag Wildwood

as Rusty Trawler

as Librarian

as Stripper

as Sally Tomato

as Sid Arbuck

as Jose da Silva Perrie...

as Taxi Driver

as Delivery Boy

as The Cousin

as Girl in Low-Cut Dres...

as Stripper
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (6)

It's as ditsy and delightful as ever - with charm enough to forgive it plenty.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

...the final scene, a tender sequence that you can sop up with a sponge, but if you aren't moved by it you probably stick kittens with pins.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Film.com
Top Critic

Out of the elusive, but curiously intoxicating Truman Capote fiction, scenarist George Axelrod has developed a surprisingly moving film, touched up into a stunningly visual motion picture.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

This story of a party girl in love with a gigolo allows [director Blake] Edwards to create a very handsome film, with impeccable Technicolor photography by Franz Planer.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A completely unbelievable but wholly captivating flight into fancy composed of unequal dollops of comedy, romance, poignancy, funny colloquialisms and Manhattan's swankiest East Side areas captured in the loveliest of colors.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

...a captivating romantic comedy that lives up to its place as a classic of the genre.

Full Review… | November 18, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

A favorite movie of mine since high school. I do love the idea of enjoying a place for its character and not necessarily for purchasing its wares. My Tiffany's is White Castle, though I still do purchase plenty of their delicious, miniature wares and frequent their Valentine's Day extravaganzas.

The dialogue is naughty yet oblique enough for its time; Cat is cute and sad; George Peppard is dreamy as all-get-out; and Henry Mancini's iconic score is playful and mischievous. I prefer Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn in general, but I can't deny that the latter brings a level of sophistication and class that the former wouldn't have if she had been cast as Holly Golightly, which Truman Capote wanted her to be.

Seeing this again for the first time in a long time though has opened my eyes to an unsettling revelation: Holly Golightly is probably the first [gasp] Manic Pixie Dreamgirl! I've grown weary of the can't-be-tamed caged bird trope that has become a cliche pop culture identity with Karen Gillan's Amy Pond on "Doctor Who" and various other "too fucked up to love me" girls. I used to identify strongly with the winsome and mercurial Holly Golightly and she's still a rather complex and memorable character, but perhaps my impatience for the literary/filmic type has retroactively soured her for me.

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Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

This adorable blend of romance, comedy and sweetness includes several new narrative elements and significant alterations in the original story that only add to it making it even more delightful - and even if miscast, Hepburn surprises with a very special performance.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Re-watching this reminded me how lovely, charming, and horribly racist this is. We really used to do that in movies, huh? If you can look past the choices of the times, there is a great heart under there.

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Julie B

Super Reviewer

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