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You can't go wrong with Henry Mancini
I think that this is an excellent film. I loved how each person did their roles (I can't imagine MM nor Kim N as Holly) except that I agree that Mickey Rooney (whom I greatly respect as a talent) made a mistake (I guess it could be said that director Blake Edwards did, too) with that "Asian" caricature, an unfortunate reflection of the long history of distorted "ethnic" characters in otherwise excellent, entertaining "Classic" movies (I cringe when I see Judy Garland and Mickey in blackface in a minstrel number in "Strike Up The Band"--I think it is--'minstrel' is a real page out of Entertainment History but best forgotten, although Judy looked nice with a 'tan.') I also love how Blake Edwards filmed the movie, with pleasant scenes of New York City (I love Blake Edwards' work, on television in "Peter Gunn" & "Mr. Lucky," and the wonderful "Pink Panther" series). But back to HENRY (!!) who had such a knack for providing music enhancement of whatever scenes he was asked to write music for, in ANY movie, notably the "Hepburn" ones. His music makes this film "magical." Who else could have musically-conveyed the wonder of someone entering Tiffany's the way Mr. Mancini did, with his lush orchestration of a song that became entitled "Lovers In New York"?!!? Under any scene where there is music (and you might not always notice the music because it merges with the action in each scene in which it appears), Mancini's music is not only appropriate but extraordinary, whether it's "Moon River"(with lyrics by genius Johnny Mercer) which Mancini wrote specifically to fit within Hepburn's singing range, or the reprise of "Lovers In New York" when the two main characters go out into the street, surrounded by NYC skyscrapers. The party scene is fabulous, enhanced, again, by Mancini's party music. Each snippet that Mancini provided is brilliant. I watch it again and again for ALL of it--scenes of New York City, the entire movie the way it's put together, and of course, the Music!
Snack Time At Dollar Tree
- Larry Welk
Another A.H. movie in which A.H. achieves iconographic perpetuity playing A.H.!
What is all the big whoop about this film?
I pretty much agree with Natacha's review of this film. I never found the movie convincing. Audrey Hepburn with her elegant looks and upper crust European accent as a hillbilly named Lulu from the sticks? I don't think so. The Lulu & Paul characters are both morally bankrupt. Using people right and left. Money & success are what drives them till the final corny scene which doesn't really happen in real life. The racist overtones of the Mickey Rooney character. Other than the Mancini score why did anyone every think this movie was so freakin' great? I don't know what the original material was like but one can't blame Capote for being so disgusted with this film.
Everything Said About It - Good AND Bad - Is True
- Russ G
Watched this all the way through last night and it's at once entertaining and depressing. Certainly a story that's hard to take at face value. Also deals with topics that were taboo at the time including prostitution and adultery; being a kept man was considered particularly contemptible. The party scene is amusing but anyone who's witnessed alcohol consumption on that scale knows the results aren't pretty; passing out isn't the worst of it. But, it illustrates American society's attitudes toward booze and drunks at the time separated from Prohibition by just three decades. A not-at-all-plausible ending but a touching scene. BTW, the REAL Oscar winner here should have been the CAT and its trainer; how many takes did those scenes require?
Two morally bankrupt losers
- Jeff Boston
Good looking, well-dressed, morally bankrupt losers with style. The country kook and the kept man were cool indeed. Of course what stands out in this flick, which only hip-obsessed Hollywood could deem a classic, is WW2 vet Blake Edwards making Capote's Japanese character into a caricature, which produced tons of laughs all over the world at the time and for decades afterward from the role by WW2 Bob Hope-like tour man Rooney (whom Sir Laurence Olivier said was "the best single film actor America ever produced"), but has since been condemned by selective outrage at its outlandishness. In the time since "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Hollywood films and TV shows have ridiculed, mocked, and made gross, disrespectful 2-D caricatures of American southerners approximately 337,216 times, Christians and Christianity(but no other religion) 258,432 times, successful American businessmen 170,543 times, involved American fathers of intact families 148,932 times, the military and military personnel 98,543 times, the Republican Party and Republicans 3,396,876,256 times, pro life proponents 2,987 times, and Brits 274 times, approximately.
Breakfast At Tiffany's
- Michael Whitty
A remembered film for its music and romantic flavor as two Manhattan types link up as the story progresses. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly doesn't have much ambition but to go to parties meets up with George Peppard who needs his mother's help from time to time. Henry Mancini's music and his "Moon River" won Oscars and director Blake Edwards does well in telling this colorful love tale.
Audrey and Mancini
- Kirsten I.
This is not my favorite Audrey Hepburn film. I didn't like it when I first saw it, since I liked her character in THE NUN'S STORY so much that I'd already seen that movie several times, and her Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S didn't make much sense to me. But I loved Henry Mancini's score--especially "Moon River"--it's a waltz!--and his music suits Audrey Hepburn so well. I've seen the movie since then and I must recommend the long party scene--if you watch nothing else in this movie, watch that--it's amazing! The whole movie works for me, too, when I focus on the music. Henry Mancini composed scores for three subsequent Audrey Hepburn films--CHARADE, TWO FOR THE ROAD, and WAIT UNTIL DARK, complementing her characters in those films in a way only Mancini could do, and this is where their teaming started.
- elise lang
The ridiculous and racist portrayal of a Japanese photographer is only in the movie.In the novella, Mr. Yunioshi is a respected fashion photographer (in the style of Richard Avedon).Truman Capote is not to be blamed for the Mickey Rooney character.
Mixed Feelings About Characters and Story
One the positive side, there are: Henry Mancini's score and "Moon River", which won an Oscar, the relative innocence of New York in the early 1960's, the party scene, the Upper East Side, Hepburn's fabulous clothes, her love for her brother Fred and handsome George Peppard. On the negative side: the main character is an uneducated hillbilly alcoholic, married at age 13 to an older man, who got her marriage annulled and left Texas for New York City where she leads a decadent life of booze, cigarettes, parties, with commitment issues so deep she can't even give her cat a name, and who supports herself by taking $50 a pop from men for tipping "the rest room attendant" and then ducking them when they come to collect on their investment, and carrying messages to and from an incarcerated mobster about drug deals at $100 a trip. There is a scene where Golightly and Peppard's character shoplift Halloween masks from a dime store, and Golightly explains she used to regularly shoplift. She claims she still steals just "to keep her hand in". And then there's the utterly disgusting racist character played by Mickey Rooney. Peppard's character is a kept man, supported by Patricia Neal, an older woman, who is trying to be a writer, and who breaks off the relationship after achieving some success. I really don't see someone talented and intelligent enough to be a successful writer falling in love with an uneducated, shallow, promiscuous drunk loser like Holly Golightly, who also insults Peppard's character by pointing out that he knows all about taking money from women. I also don't see someone like Golightly being sophisticated enough to appreciate fine jewelry at Tiffany's, or to pull off the sophisticated look of the fine clothes and hats designed for her character.
AUDREY HEPBURN SUCKS!
Mickey Rooney's shameless portrayal of an Asian is the most shameful aspect of the film.
breakfast at tiffanies
- kevin sellers
Love everything about this movie with two exceptions: One is the ending, which is too damn Hollywood Happy, unlike the book, which is properly bleak, as befits a story that takes dark things (go)lightly. The other is Mickey Rooney's energetic racism in interpreting the character of Mr. Yunioshi.On the plus side, in no particular order, are the music (and not just Moon River, but some wonderful jazz riffs too)by Henry Mancini, great performances by George Peppard, and Buddy Ebsen, (Yeah I know I didn't include Audrey Hepburn, who is good but not great. Just hard to buy her as once emanating from Tulip Texas, as there are simply too many tulips from Holland in her acting if you catch my drift) one of the great party scenes ever filmed, (congrats to Blake Edwards) the cat, and the innocence of NYC in the early sixties when struggling writers and call girls could share the same apartment in the upper east side. Give it a solid B.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The adaptation of Truman Capote's story that showed why Hepburn would become a glamour icon. She gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a carefree party girl who doesn't want to own or be owned. Peppard is solid as an author who like Hepburn, offers himself for money, weaker male performances. Won two Oscars for Mancini's score and the song "Moon River," another staple of the film. Excellent story, good performances and an abundance of chic. I give it a 5/5.
Demeaning portrayal of Asians -
Though I mentioned under Ms. Hepburn's biography that I love all of her films, I had forgotten about this one and the absolutely demeaning portrayal of Asians as depicted by Mr. Mickey Rooney. Though I deeply admire Mr. Rooney and his talent, this is one film that I always by-pass whenever it airs. Being of both Asian & American descent it does little to show one race so deplorably as this one does. I'm also not too thrilled about author Mr. Capote, so enough said about how I feel about the film.
Breakfast at Tiffany's Sunnyside Up
When I watched this movie as a little girl, I was fixated on Audrey Hepburn and her wardrobe. When I watched this movie as an adult, I realized Audrey's character is an alcoholic, her writer friend is a kept man committing adultery, and the Asian-American character played by Mickey Rooney is a caricature. The saddest part is when Jedd Clampett comes to take her back to the old neighborhood, but she wants to stay in New York to wear trench coats and smoke cigarettes. She ends up with the cute writer and the cat in the rain, but something tells you a relationship between two unemployed co-dependent people who like to drink and party is going to last like 3 weeks. Even with the cat to balance things out.
- Brent Thompson
Audrey Hepburn walking around Tiffany's in that beautiful black dress, gorgeous necklace and stunning sunglasses to Henry Mancini's music made the whole silly picture worthwhile. I've never been able to get that vision of classic chic beauty out of my head. It certainly made heads turn.....and my God, those hats!
The real star is the CAT
This is one of those classics that one is expected to be familiar with. Somewhat embarrassingly, I am 20 and just watched it for the first time last night.First impressions: I thought Audrey Hepburn was too sweet to be playing Holly. I love Audrey Hepburn and she is fantastic in Sabrina, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, and so on, but I did not get the character itself at all...there was really nothing sympathetic about her. In the beginning, Holly just seemed like a nice, lost girl who had gone through some misfortunes, but later in the movie she just seemed like an irresponsible, careless, and cruel gal who took advantage of those around her. She's lovely but if I were Varjak, I'd have gotten tired of that real quickly! Also the ending seemed too abrupt for her to have a change of heart. Why all of a sudden change her mind when she gets the ring Mr. Varjak bought for her? I'd have said it made more sense if she had gone to Brazil, then realized that there was nothing there for her, and then maybe realizing that Varjak was truly what would make her happy. However, the scene itself, with that lovely orange tabby cat sitting out in the rain waiting for her, made the movie. The final embrace at the end with Peppard, Hepburn, and the cute cat in the middle made it all worthwhile and I can see why it would be a classic.I guess the real key to understanding it would be to read the book by Truman Capote, which I am told has a much different tale (Holly with an illegitimate child?) and a much different ending. I am sure the book makes more sense than the movie.Before I forget, this film totally made me love Patricia Neal. Her portrayal of "2E" as stern, harping, and patronizing was spot-on and made me almost forget about that awful run in the "Fountainhead". All in all, it was a cute movie. Solid acting from two of Hollywood's finest.
Audrey Hepburn made the whole film worthwhile!
- Andy Alburger
Overall, Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) wasn't as good as I thought. But I have to say, it still was a delightful treat. The only reason I watched the movie and thought it was great, was because of Audrey. Although you'd think she was miscast, Hepburn terrifically played party and call girl, Holly Golightly, who glorifies her way through New York City. Blake Edwards beautifully directs this entertaining comedy, and is helped by a very good screenplay. Although there are some flaws, one important one, being the role of Mr. Yunioshi, which turned out to be very racist and unfunny. Also, I feel that there were scenes I loved, as well as scenes I disliked, which makes the flow of the film unsteady and odd. But Hepburn made the whole film worked. She gained an Oscar nomination giving a fantastic performance and making the film better than it actually is. Henry Mancini's superb musical score, featuring 'Moon River', one of the most loved and re-made songs in all of film history. Although it had some cons, Breakfast at Tiffany's is definitely worth watching. An altogether fun comedy!
- Mr. Blandings
At first this movie seems grossly miscast, with squeaky clean Audrey cast as an immoral loser (and vice-verse for Peppard). And why Mickey Rooney would ever agree to portray such a racist interpretation of a Japanese character is also a mystery. But what seems like a pointless and hard to watch film is saved by the Cat. The final scene where the purposefully empty Holly suddenly gains a heart, mind, and soul by going after the cat she abandoned is quite touching and pulls the whole film together. Unfortunately, one poignant scene does not make a great movie.
Best Movie of All Time
I love this movie, love this movie. Even though I only sawed this movie for a first time a week ago, this movie is one of my favorite movies! Audrey Hepburn shines! George Peppard melts my heart! Great screenplay!
Was Mr. Yunioshi Really Needed?
- Bruce Reber
I have seen "Breakfast At Tiffany's" several times, and while it's a very good film I still have a major problem with it: the role of Mr. Yunioshi (Mickey Rooney), the Japanese neighbor of playgirl Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) who continually complains about the noise from her wild parties. Besides being totally unnecessary to the plot of the film, it has to be the absolutely worst portrayal of an Asian by a Caucasian actor in film history, even worse than Sidney Toler and Warner Oland playing Charlie Chan, Peter Lorre playing Mr. Moto, Marlon Brando playing Sakini in "Teahouse Of The August Moon", and yes even worse than Katherine Hepburn playing Jade Tan (I think that was the name of her character) in "Dragonseed". If they had to have a Japanese character in "Breakfast At Tiffany's" at least an authentic Japanese actor should have been cast, although even then I think the role of Mr. Yunioshi would have seemed offensive to Asians. Mickey Rooney had so many good roles in his long film career, and this has to be the worst of them. Whatever possessed him to do it? In fact, "Breakfast At Tiffany's would be much better if the scenes with Mr. Yunioshi were edited out altogether.
Oh and about this Flick
I am daring myself to watch this yet again. I too have a sweet male orange cat (well 2) and blatted my eyes out at the ending last time I saw it. Did not halp that all my life I found myself dabbling with "Holly Go-Lightly's" and since I am not George Peppard, they did not turn out as well.
This time period, rivalled only by 1939, has the greatest movies ever , and this is one of the top 3. To Kill A Mockingbird, How the West Was Won, Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, Elmer Gantry, and on an on. All of them I get hyponitized into the plots, the characters, the acting, the color, the screenplay. What a great time period.
Breakfast with Cat
The first time I saw this movie, my orange tabby decided to sit in my lap during the last 15 minutes of it. Thank goodness he was there for me to cuddle. He must have known the ending! I cried when she put Cat (was that Orangey by the way?) out in the rain, and then, after a change of heart, realized she may have lost him for good. (More tissues please!) I like the move, very quirky, but then, look who wrote it. And though my orange boy is gone now, I'll still watch Breakfast at Tiffany's and cry at the end, with yet another cat in my lap.
Breakfast At Tiffany's
I've had a thing for Audrey since I was 15 or 16. How could you NOT want to be the guy who saves Holly from herself? The final scenes, in the taxi and the alley, might be the BEST love scenes EVER! And Audrey singing 'Moon River'? Just shoot me!............I married a girl who at 20 looked just like her! I've been with her 40 years, now. Count me among the wealthiest guys in this World!
Our Huckleberry Friend Ms. Hepburn
- David Atkins
Audrey Hepburn glorious star, grand Lady, starred in this Paramount film after Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak both passed on the part. While a big fan of both MM and Ms. Novak, clearly Hepburn is pitch perfect as Holly Golightly, a legendary performance. Directed by Blake Edwards. George Peppard on loan from his home studio MGM reached movie stardom as Hepburn's co star. Patricia Neal, and Mickey Rooney also star but this is clearly a Audrey Hepburn smash hit with great support by the very under appreciated George Peppard.RIP Hepburn, Peppard, Neal
Breakfast of Delight
- Brittney Cooper
I loved this movie! The very first time I watched this it was a little confusing..but I've seen it dozens of times now! A true classic!
A Romantic Comedy Classic.
- Frank Harris Horn
Academy Award winner, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard an an all-star cast go on location in New York City to star in Blake Edwards' elegant film adaptation of Truman Capote's best-seller. Hepburn is Holly Golightly, a beautiful impetuous social butterfly, who has a fling with a struggling, would-be writer (Peppard), but soon, it threatens to turn into the one thing, she fears most--true love. Co-star Mickey Rooney is hardly convincing at playing the Japanese landlord of Holly's apartment building. Henry Mancini won two Academy Awards, one for Best Comedy Score, and the other with Johnny Mercer for the Oscar-winning song, "Moon River". Also starring Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, John McGiver, Joan Staley, Stanley Adams, Dorothy Whitney, Jose-Luis de Vilallonga, Elvia Allman, Alan Reed & Claude Stroud.
What it means to me
Audrey Hepburn stars in the greatest movie of all time, yes, darling, you heard right, the greatest movie of all time. I absolutely will adore this timeless classic, till I parish. I watch it nearly, everyday. By far a beauty, like that sparkles like Tiffany's itself. Audrey Hepburn couldn't have made this any better. Sorry, Marilyn, but you couldn't have pulled this off. Greatest & most darling movie I've ever seen.-loveaudrey
What is a classic?
A "classic", be it an automobile, a fashion, a film, or whatever is defined as being well-accepted when it was new and well-accepted as it ages. For instance a 1955 Thunderbird is a classic car not because it is old or retro, but because it was in good taste in 1955 as well as today. A 1959 Cadillac is not a classic because it was never in good taste, it is however an antique car. Breakfast At Tiffany's was wildly popular in 1961 and it is generally considered to be as good a movie now as it was then. Simply being an old movie does not make for a classic movie. I doubt if anyone would call clogs a "classic shoe style" yet penny loafers are a classic shoe style.
breakfast at tiffany's is a classic
whoever doesn't think this movie is a classic has no taste whatsoever. they are the ones who think movies like "super troopers" is a classic. it's a movie that you can watch on a cold rainy day or on a warm summer night and it makes you feel good. audrey hepburn is a classic.
I'll tell you why this is a classic
- Pat Turman
Well, Stefan, let me try to answer your question. Whether one likes a movie or not is, of course, a matter of taste. And to be honest, the first time I saw this movie, I had the same reaction you did. I thought it was boring. But after having seen it several times since, I confess I now love this movie. I just think there is something poignant about the Holly Golightly character. As Paul points out when writing his story about her (before she sings Moon River in the window), she is a desperate, frightened girl whose partygoing lifestyle helps to keep away "the mean reds," as she puts it. I love how Paul knows her better than she knows herself. You can't help feeling sorry for her (or at least I can't) & we're really rooting for him to win her over so he can take care of her & protect her, mostly from herself. I just think it's a beautiful love story told with a "Classic Hollywood" sensibility (the innoncence, the glamour) and Moon River has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever heard in any movie. I say give it another try, Stefan. I'll bet you'll like it better the next time.
Dated and confusing
Watching this movie in 2010 I wonder how people can says anything positive about this movie except that Audry is beautiful. The characters are shallow and immoral, the plot is very weak and overall the film isn't funny or entertaining. At best Holly is a drug stooge, at worst she's a ****. Paul/Fred is a **** and a failed writer. Watching these two failed people stumble aimlessly through NYC, including drinks at a topless bar is not good movie making. Why is this a classic?
Breakfast at Tiffany's
I love everything about this movie except for the character played by Micky Rooney ... what were they thinking ???that character is a real flaw in the otherwise fantastic film
The Classic That Made Audrey Hepburn's Legend
There are many great classic movies out there & there are some better than this one - but "Breakfast at Tiffany's" must be my very favorite since I've seen it many more times than any other film in the world. Audrey Hepburn is scintillating as Holly Golightly and, tho "Roman Holiday" launched her career, it is this film that made her the legend and icon she is today. I love everything about "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - it's style, the plot, the cast, the music - everything. For my money, Blake Edwards surpassed Truman Capote's novella - no easy task. Bottom line: highly recommended & not to be missed.
An adventure of the heart
The way 'Holly' makes small talk; her confidence; how she sits on her kitchen counter in front of company; wearing tassels in her ears; wanting to be someone else....; giving into love.all that, and more.
love this movie : have the movie poster!!
I love this movie because the trademark outfit made a statement that is still used today and I love the character with the carefree life and the whole movie is worth seeing again and again.
NYC, Audrey, George, Capote.
It can't get much better than this. A movie like this needs to be seen again and again. The music, New York in 1961, Audrey's style, George's looks. It all goes so perfectly together. And who can forget Cat!
This is one of Audrey's best performances!
Once again, Audrey didn't dissapoint. She once again does the thing that works for her, acts by emotion. When I saw Buddy Ebson walk on the screen I couldn't beleive it! He's also one of the best.
the of the best
- rachelle smith
this movie is hands down one of the best ever made. it has such a blend of comedy, romance, and a tad bit of drama. this is a movie that anyone of any age would love. wether they even new what tiffany's was. the only thing i am not sure about is the title. you only see holly eating breaskfast there once. she doesnt even say if she does it every day. but i loved the move and own it and watch it often.
My hands-down favorite
This is my favorite movie. I own it and watch it so many times it drives my friends crazy. Audry Hepburn is excelent in this film. Even if your not an old movie fan, this is a must see. Put "Watch 'Breakfast at Tiffanys'" on your list of 100 things to do before I die"