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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Producers: Martin Jurow, Richard Shepherd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Icelandic, Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Danish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029KQO3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,961 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A young New York writer sponsored by a wealthy woman falls in love with the charming, impulsive and eccentric call girl that lives n ext door. Based on a story by Truman Capote. The winner of 2 Academy Awards including Best Song.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tailspinner on 10 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2000
Format: DVD
Hepburn is at her most flirtatious in this romantic comedy. As usual, she is brimming with mesmerising beauty. That coupled with a thoroughly wonderful script make this film a true joy to watch.
This film is funny,..and makes you want more...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Few films achieve such an iconic status as this, the image of Audrey Hepburn with her famous hair-do, sunglasses, Givenchy dress and cigarette holder is so famous that even if you've never seen the film before - it still feels rather familiar. She appears to be an outspoken, confident woman aware that she dazzles those who are lucky to meet her, but as the film progresses we get to see her for the fragile girl she really is.

A New York apartment block provides a chance for Holly Golightly and washed up author Paul to meet. It's the first of several meetings and the two start to see the reality of each other's life situations. Holly is a socialite desperate to bag a rich man, she often receives payment from men in exchange for her company - make of that what you will, there's no explicit reference to soliciting sex but she makes it clear that she is willing to "do anything" for the money. Breakfast At Tiffany's starts as a patchy comedy which peaks during a cocktail party scene where drunken antics turn into comedy farce, it depicts the desperation of a group of women who tread the fine balance of wooing wealthy men while also trying to keep them at a distance, it's as tragic as it is funny and still relevant today with the small groups of girls whose lowly ambitions end at marrying a rich footballer, a desire for shallow lifestyle rather than genuine fulfilment. A more unwelcome source of comedy comes from Mickey Rooney's "Mr. Yunioshi" - the Japanese landlord uses all the racial stereotypes to create a slapstick character which doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the film and looks even more out of place several decades later.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 20 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
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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