Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Blake Edwards (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly has passed, happily, into cinematic folklore. Director Blake Edwards's hymn to New York high style and high living with its charming heroine, along with her cat (called "Cat") and those wonderful Johnny Mercer Moon River lyrics, has hardly dated since its release. Originally a creation of writer Truman Capote, Holly, as written for the screen by George Axelrod and portrayed by Hepburn, is quite enchanting, even though period censorship makes it rather unclear what she actually does for a living. Despite the presence of handsome George Peppard and Patricia Neal, this is Hepburn's movie, her black dress and long cigarette holder ready again to start a fashion revolution. Only Mickey Rooney's phoney (and now politically incorrect) caricature of a Japanese gent seems out of kilter in what is otherwise a thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully escapist movie.


An aspiring writer falls for a seemingly happy-go-lucky woman living in the same apartment building, and is drawn to her unconventional lifestyle. However, he detects her quirky demeanour is masking a colourful past, while her mysterious visits to an imprisoned gangster have unexpected consequences. Romantic comedy drama based on Truman Capote's novel, with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney and Martin Balsam.

Cast & Crew

Holly Golightly Audrey Hepburn
Paul Varjak George Peppard
"2-E" Patricia Neal
Doc Golightly Buddy Ebsen
OJ Berman Martin Balsam
Mr Yunioshi Mickey Rooney
Jose José-Luis De Villalonga
Mag Wildwood Dorothy Whitney
Tiffany's clerk John McGiver
Rusty Trawler Stanley Adams
Director Blake Edwards
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Jan 2011
Comedy Drama