Breakfast at Tiffany's (Widescreen)
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No film better utilizes Audrey Hepburn's flighty charm and svelte beauty than this romantic adaptation of Truman Capote's novella. Hepburn's urban sophisticate Holly Golightly, an enchanting neurotic living off the gifts of gentlemen, is a bewitching figure in designer dresses and costume jewelry. George Peppard is her upstairs neighbor, a struggling writer and "kept" man financed by a steely older woman (Patricia Neal). His growing friendship with the lonely Holly soon turns to love and threatens the delicate balance of both of their compromised lives. Taking liberties with Capote's bittersweet story, director Blake Edwards and screenwriter George Axelrod turn New York into a city of lovers and create a poignant portrait of Holly, a frustrated romantic with a secret past and a hidden vulnerability. Composer Henry Mancini earned Oscars for the hit song "Moon River" and his tastefully romantic score. The only sour note in the whole film is Mickey Rooney's demeaning performance as the apartment's Chinese manager, an offensively overdone stereotype even in 1961. The rest of the film has weathered the decades well. Edwards's elegant yet light touch, Axelrod's generous screenplay, and Hepburn's mix of knowing experience and naiveté combine to create one of the great screen romances and a refined slice of high society bohemian chic. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My dad made me watch it this past weekend and I fell in love with it! Unlike most romantic comedies made today, both main characters are broke. It doesn't follow the mold of: poor/average girl falls for rich guy blah blah blah or the other way around. It was funny (Mickey Rooney's character was HILARIOUS!) and sad (when Holly finds out about Fred) and sappy (the last 20 minutes) all at the same time.
This movie is great for anyone, whether you saw it the first time around or you're a "late viewer" like me.
But her most iconic turn was as Holly Golightly, a frivolous young woman with a highly sensitive core. Hepburn is a ball of shimmering charm here, whether she's setting hats on fire or chasing nameless cats through the rain, and she's able to shine brightly enough to obscure a few flaws (such as Mickey Rooney). The other actors do serviceable jobs, but she's undeniablythe star.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a daily ritual for Holly Golightly (Hepburn), a social butterfly who hosts parties, entertains drunken men for their fifty-dollartips, and dreams of owning a horse farm in Mexico with her brother. When kept-man Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into a neighboring apartment -- courtesy of his rich patroness -- he is instantly enchanted by the ditzy, sweet-natured Holly.
But for all Holly's fun, Paul starts to realize that all is not well with her. She's desperate to marry a spectacularly wealthy man, parties with wild crowds, visits a notorious gangster in jail, and hides that she was an illiterate teen bride to a hick doctor. As Holly's life starts to deteriorate, Paul sets out to show her what her life will be like without real love.
Reportedly Truman Capote wasn't happy with the movie version of "Breakfast At Tiffany's" -- they changed the ending from his short story's, and he didn't like Hepburn as Holly Golightley. But this is one case where the movie's quality is not reflected by what the author thought of it -- taken on its own merits, it's a fine chocolate with a bittersweet center.
Much of the movie is devoted to the friendship (and unspoken attraction) between Holly and Paul, and how it disrupts their comfortable shallow lives.Read more ›
This is a truly gorgeous romantic film, a real classic. A film really you can watch many many times without getting bored. Since 1961, I'm sure lots of people agree and have been watching this film again and again and again during this 40 years. Oscar winning music, beautiful theme song 'Moon River' meets with gorgeous romantic story.
"Moon river wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style someday
You dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever you're going I'm going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbows end
Waiting round the band
My huckleberry friend, moon river
Such charming may wonder you ever find a counterpart from nowadays. Overall, buy it own it watch it feel it and re-watch it.
For the first time ever, this meticulously restored screen gem, is now available on Blu-ray. Holly Golightly [AUDREY HEPBURN] delights audiences as the carefree ingénue searching Manhatten for a dream millionaire to marry. [GEORGE PEPPARD] plays the struggling, “sponsored” young writer who gets swept away in Holly’s chaotic-yet-enchanting lifestyle. Directed by Blake Edwards [‘The Pink Panther’ and ‘Victor/Victoria’]. This two-time Oscar® winning film features Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's haunting Oscar® winning song ‘Moon River.’ It won in 1961: Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and also won in 1961: Winner of best Music Song. It is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote.
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, José Luis de Vilallonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers, Stanley Adams, Claude Stroud, Elvia Allman, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc, Alfred Avallone, Henry Beckman, Bill Bradley and Orangey [Cat]
Director: Blake Edwards
Producers: Martin Jurow and Richard Shepherd
Screenplay: George Axelrod
Composer: Henry Mancini
Cinematography: Franz Planer and Philip H. Lathrop (uncredited)
Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 [Anamorphic]
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: Restored Mono, French: 1.0 Mono, German; 1.0 Mono, Italian: 1.0 Mono, Spanish: 1.Read more ›
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This was for a gift . The unforgettable theme song sung by the lovely Audrey Hepburn makes this film so memorable along with such a cast including cat. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JayJay
THE iconic Audrey Hepburn role. No one who is even remotely a fan can be without this one. The studio has done an amazing job with this movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Glenn M. Frost
This is one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies. I loved the book, and I really enjoyed this telling of the story.Published 21 months ago by Kim
I just love Audrey Hepburn movies.... from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" through "Funny Face" and to her crowning glory "My Fair Lady" she was always... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alderson
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