Breakfast at Tiffany's

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

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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.

Cast

Audrey Hepburn
as Holly Golightly
Mickey Rooney
as Yunioshi
Alan Reed Sr.
as Sally Tomato
John McGiver
as Tiffany's Clerk
Dorothy Whitney
as Mag Wildwood
Stanley Adams
as Rusty Trawler
Elvia Allman
as Librarian
Claude Stroud
as Sid Arbuck
Dick Crockett
as Taxi Driver
Kip King
as Delivery Boy
James Lanphier
as The Cousin
Joan Staley
as Girl in Low-Cut Dress
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (6)

  • An unusual love story, glamorous, sophisticated, with more than a touch of the bizarre.

    October 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Well, the movie still looks very good, and you'd need a heart of stone not to love the cat.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's as ditsy and delightful as ever - with charm enough to forgive it plenty.

    January 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    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.

    February 2, 2009 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne

    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.

    May 22, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • 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.

    February 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • Mar 12, 2020
    Breakfast at Tiffany's is a classic, and Hepburn is amazing in the lead role. I had avoided this film for sometime, but the timing was right and I'm happy to say, the hype is correct. Strong filmmaking and character film, they just don't make films like this anymore. Blake Edwards is known for his Pink Panther films, but for the film buffs, he has a wide range of films that are much better and Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of them. The film is one unconventional beat to the next and that's why the film is so much fun to watch. I'm now interested to find the book to compare, as the author himself was a socialite. The only blip, and this is only with hindsight bias opinion. The Rooney character is horrible, and a prime example of white washing. Tough to watch, and not funny. I wouldn't condemn the film, but it stands as the example of cringe worthy racism and showcases a period in time. 28/02/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2015
    This iconic Hepburn role is equal parts charming and biting. You can't help but immediately notice the shallow facade Hepburn's protagonist hides behind. As a result, you find yourself rooting for change. The colors and set pieces are beautiful, but it is, however, quite aware of its own Holywood mystique, the outcome of which is formulaic. Yet what it adopts in self-aware Hollywood-ism, Breakfast at Tiffany's makes up for in execution.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    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.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2013
    Audrey Hepburn at her finest. Holly is me.
    Beth M Super Reviewer

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