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Breakfast At Tiffany's [DVD] [1961]

Audrey Hepburn , George Peppard , Blake Edwards    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: George Axelrod, Truman Capote
  • Producers: Martin Jurow, Richard Shepherd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek
  • Dubbed: German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y3NN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



No film better utilises 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 jewellery. George Peppard is her upstairs neighbour, 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 Japanese 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 naivety combine to create one of the great screen romances and a refined slice of high-society bohemian chic. --Sean Axmaker

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DVD Paramount Pictures, 5014437802934, 1961 Region 2 PAL

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Romance 10 Feb 2009
When I was sixteen (in 1962) I spent my hard-earned pocket money taking an attractive girl of similar age to see the then newly-released Dr. No, the first James Bond movie starring Sean Connery. With the benefit of hindsight that was a mistake. Being an immature, ignorant and testosterone - driven youth at the time I wrongly assumed that the James Bond method of seduction was the way forward, with the result that what promised to be a meaningful and potentially long relationship ended quite abruptly when the girl decided I really was the sort of boy all good mothers warn their daughters against. I should have taken the girl to see Breakfast at Tiffany's instead and learned from the example of Paul (played by George Peppard) how really to woo the object of one's affection. One of the most endearing scenes in Breakfast at Tiffany's is where Holly asks Paul if she can join him in his bed because she regards him as her friend. She quickly falls asleep in his arms and unlike James Bond and his ilk Paul demonstrates he is a man to be trusted with the honour of the opposite sex.

It took many years before I came to appreciate what a great film Breakfast at Tiffany's is. The film, of course, is nearly 50 years old and a modern audience must judge the film's weaknesses - and there are a few - within the context of its time. Nowadays mothers would be warning their sons, rather than their daughters, about the dangers of falling for a seemingly hopeless and self-seeking girl like Ms Golightly. Psychologists no doubt will say that Paul was suffering from a rescuer complex and was on a hiding to nothing. Well, in the real world, perhaps.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a lot of world to see 16 Jan 2009
Audrey Hepburn had a lot of memorable, glamorous roles as highly individual, sensitive young women.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a brilliant film... 29 July 2001
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This is one of the few films I could quite happily watch every day. It is very different to the book, but in many ways I like the film better, (I never object to a happy ending). Its both funny and sad and you envy and pity Holly in equal measure.
Overall its a brilliant film and George Peppard (Mr 'A Team' himself) is an added bonus...!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showing some age, but Hepburn has timeless charm 20 Dec 2005
The iconic presence of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, George Peppard's finest performance, and the classic Mancini theme music make this one of the most famous films of the 1960's, if not, perhaps, one of the finest.
Based on a Truman Capote story, Hepburn plays a New York call girl consumed by her own delusions. She is a fake, but a genuine one: she has fled some mysterious past, lives from day to day, and dreams of marriage to some millionaire and the Prince Charming route to upward mobility and respectability. Until her dreams come true, she lives with her fantasies, bored, unable even to bother to name her cat.
Peppard is an unproductive writer who makes a living as the kept plaything of an older, rich, married woman. He moves in to the same apartment block as Hepburn, and quickly falls for her charms. Hepburn, of course, is irresistible. No nudity, no sex scenes, everything coy and 'decent', but Hepburn simply sizzles. 'Irresistible' hardly does her justice.
The film has aged somewhat - the 1961 party scenes and social mores look quaint. The sleaziness of the principals' lifestyle is barely commented upon. But "Breakfast at Tiffany's" retains a magnetism of its own. A lightweight romantic comedy, a bit sentimental and sexually sanitised, it remains a compulsive, entertaining tale. It has magical moments - Hepburn, of course, established Holly as an iconic figure of the 60's, and you wonder why George Peppard never recaptured the presence he exerts throughout this film, but watch out for a marvellous little cameo sequence in Tiffany's. Watch out, also, for an appalling comedy role by Mickey Rooney, playing a Japanese caricature which would probably be banned today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Society Parties
Breakfast At Tiffany’s involves a woman who has impeccable social skills and manages to become known in high society circles. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Stella Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Perfect evening entertainment. This is a classic movie that everyone young and old alike should experience.sometime in their life. Enjoy.
Published 29 days ago by Murray G. Croft
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty DVD marred my enjoyment of the film
The film, what I was able to see of it, came up to my expectations. However the DVD did not. The disc is obviously faulty as after playing for approximately an hour it froze and I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr F L Woodley
5.0 out of 5 stars brillint
this is a film to always keep in your collection.
the first film to have an everlasting impression on me.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Partleton
5.0 out of 5 stars La belle Hepburn
What can you say about the best film by one of the best and cutest actresses ever. This is wonderful and well worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by Chrism
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It is a beautiful film and Audrey Hepburn plays a wonderful part. It has a very poignant story and even the cat played a good part.
Published 1 month ago by MISS SARAH JANE RHODES
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a film I have been meaning to watch for a very long time indeed. And wasn't it worth the wait! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Francesca
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakfast
Bought as a present for a friend. She is delighted with it and fortunately has been happy to watch it by herself!
Published 2 months ago by M. J. M. Norton
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch just for the song.
Thought this film was ok. Wasn't my best film ever but I did enjoy it and had always fancied watching it due to the iconic song. Probably wouldn't watch it again.
Published 2 months ago by Juddz444
5.0 out of 5 stars gift for my 21 year old daughter
This was bought as a gift at her request as she loves the film. Delivered quickly and the packaging was good
Published 3 months ago by Kate
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