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  • by David C. Terr

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    breakfast at tiffany's movie posterTitle: Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Director: Blake Edwards

    Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney

    Release Date: Oct. 5, 1961

    Running Time: 115 min

    Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance


    Breakfast at Tiffany's is a wonderful and deeply-moving love story. It has a rather complicated plot, but a very moving and heartfelt ending. The acting is also superb, especially Audrey Hepburn's role as Holly Golightly, the movie role for which she became best known. She also does a terrific performance of "Moon River", the movie's theme song.

    Plot Summary
    Breakfast at Tiffany's concerns Miss Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a glamorous "wild thing" who works as a call girl in New York and lives in an apartment by herself with no furniture and a cat with no name. She meets Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a gigolo who moves in next door to her. Holly has some severe personal problems which Paul tries to help her with, to no avail at first. After awhile, they get to know each other and he falls in love with her, though she is afraid of commitment and wants to marry a rich man. In the end, he bails her out of jail for inadvertently assisting in a drug smuggling scheme. In a classic heartfelt scene at the end of the movie, they share a cab together. They get into a big disagreement but finally they fall in love.

    Although Breakfast at Tiffany's is a rather serious movie in my opinion, it involves a fair amount of slapstick humor, which Blake Edwards was later to become famous for in his Pink Panther movies. For instance, in the party scene near the beginning of the movie, Holly yells "Timber!" as a drunken woman at the party passes out. She also inadvertently sets another woman's wig on fire with her long cigarette, but then inadvertently quenches it by spilling a drink on it when she reads the time on her watch.

    Movie Clips

    Here's the original movie trailer.


    Here's the opening scene.


    Here's Audrey's classic performance of Moon River.


    Here's the very powerful and romantic ending.



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