Friday, November 14, 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's

1961 American Feature

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Vilallonga, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney and Mickey Rooney
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote

Eccentric society girl Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by her new neighbor, handsome aspiring writer Paul Varjak.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 91%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Music - Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Original Song ("Moon River"); also nominated for Best Actress (Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay and Color Art Direction.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (Hepburn).
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy and Actress - Musical/Comedy (Hepburn).
  • Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

  • Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's first appeared in a 1958 issue of Esquire magazine. Shortly afterward, a collection of the novella and three short stories by Capote was published by Random House. Capote envisioned Marilyn Monroe in the part of Holly Golightly and himself as Paul.
  • Elements of Holly's character in the original novel, such as her flirtation with bisexuality, were omitted to make the part more suitable for Audrey Hepburn. Also, due to the Hays Code, Fred's homosexuality could not be referred to in the movie.
  • Potential Director: John Frankenheimer.
  • Casting Call: Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen and Jean Seberg.
  • Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, in her little black dress with her oversized cigarette holder, is considered one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema.
  • Conversely, Mickey Rooney's over-the-top portrayal of Holly's Japanese neighbor Mr. Yunioshi is generally considered one of the most stereotypical instances of "yellow face" in film history.
  • Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's iconic "Moon River" won Grammys for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Performance by an Orchestra. The soundtrack album, which won that category, was also nominated for Album of the Year.
  • In 1966, David Merrick produced a Broadway musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's (also known as Holly Golightly) starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. Despite a rewrite by Edward Albee, the troubled production never officially opened and closed after just four preview performances. In 2004, another musical adaptation of the film made its world debut in St. Louis, Missouri. There has also been two non-musical stage adaptations of Breakfast at Tiffany's; the first, starring Anna Friel, played in London's West End in 2009, while the second, starring Emilia Clarke, opened on Broadway in 2013.
  • Stefanie Powers starred in a 1969 unsold television pilot adaptation titled Holly Golightly.
  • In 2002, Breakfast at Tiffany's was ranked #61 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2004, "Moon River" was ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2012, Breakfast at Tiffany's was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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