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Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blu-ray)

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Description

Blake Edwards' screen adaptation of Truman Capote's novella stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, an eccentric high-class escort working in New York. Rubbing shoulders with Hollywood agents and wealthy politicians at glamorous parties, Holly plans to marry into money and save up to help support her brother who is due to return from the army. However, when young writer Paul Varjack (George Peppard) - the kept man of a wealthy older woman - moves into Holly's apartment block, the pair soon find their worlds turned upside down. The cast also includes Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen and Martin Balsam.

Product Details

Barcode
5051368210339
Department
Movies & TV
Released
12 Sep 2011
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region ABC
Language
English
Studio
Paramount Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
Runtime
110 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Release Year
1961
Running Time
114 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Essential Cinema / Love Story / Romance / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Blake Edwards's adaptation of Truman Capote's classic novella is ideally cast with Audrey Hepburn in the role of Holly Golightly. The free-spirited gamine darts about New York, feted by wealthy men drawn to her megawatt charm and elegance, hoping that the party will never end. After "shopping" in front of Tiffany's window, she meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), and they begin a platonic friendship. "Sponsored" by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, he can identify with her experience better than most, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life. But she seems to need little protection from such friends as incarcerated mob boss Sally Tomato (Alan Reed), who pays her to carry messages to Sing Sing. With her infectious joi de vivre, she helps Paul break through a paralyzing case of writer's block. But when the genial Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen) appears in New York in search of Holly, the sources of her gossamer lifestyle suddenly become clearer. Edwards's lighter-than-air romantic comedy, set in a fantasy New York, rides on the irresistible charm of Hepburn at her peak, as well as a memorable score by Henry Mancini. Although George Axelrod's screenplay is as different from the original story as George Peppard is from the young Capote, the film succeeds on its own terms.
Notes
The film was changed extensively from Capote's novel, in which the character of Paul Varjack (played by George Peppard onscreen) was gay.
Cast & Crew
Director
Blake Edwards
Star
Audrey Hepburn / Martin Balsam / Buddy Ebsen / John McGiver / Patricia Neal / George Peppard / Mickey Rooney
Screenwriter
George Axelrod
Source Writer
Truman Capote / Author: Truman Capote
Composer
Henry Mancini
Director of Photography
Franz Planer
Editor
Howard A. Smith
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Movie Critics
New York Times
"[T]he 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic....There is no denying the charm and grace of her performance, nor the exquisite cut of her Givenchy wardrobe."
Dave Kehr (14 Feb 2006, p.E3)
Sight and Sound
"...Ravishing..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Jan 2001, p.63)
Total Film
"...BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S still exerts an enduring charm, not least because of the poise and waif-like beauty of the bewitching Hepburn..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Tom Dawson (1 Mar 2001, p.98)
USA Today
"...[The film] remains one of the most attractive screen portraits of New York City from the early '60s..."
Mike Clark (8 Oct 1999, p.12E)
Widescreen Review
"[Hepburn stars as] a dazzling and stylish young woman whose life is both mysterious and charming, yet heartbreaking."
Danny Richelieu (1 Apr 2006, p.62)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Original Score
Winner: 1961 - Henry Mancini
Best Original Song
Winner: 1961 - Henry Mancini
Best Original Song
Winner: 1961 - Johnny Mercer