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Breakfast at Tiffany's
Director: Blake Edwards (Dir)
Release Date:   1961
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 5 Oct 1961
Duration (in mins):   114
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Cast:   Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly)  
    George Peppard (Paul Varjak)  
    Patricia Neal ("2E")  
    Buddy Ebsen (Doc Golightly)  
    Martin Balsam (O. J. Berman)  
    Mickey Rooney (Mr. Yunioshi)  
    Vilallonga (José)  
    Dorothy Whitney (Mag Wildwood)  
    Stanley Adams (Rusty Trawler)  
    Alan Reed Sr. (Sally Tomato)  
    John McGiver (Tiffany's salesman)  
    Beverly Hills (Nightclub dancer)  
    Claude Stroud (Sid Arbuck)  
    Elvia Allman (Librarian)  
    Michael Quinn (Man with eye patch)  
    James Lanphier (The Cousin)  
    Dick Crockett (Taxi driver)  
    Kip King (Delivery boy)  
    Joan Staley (Girl in low cut dress)  
    Gil Lamb    
    Annabella Soong    
    Wilson Wood    
    William Benegal Rav    
    Tommy Farrell    
    Hanna Landy    
    Fay McKenzie    
    Helen Spring (Party guests)  
    Putney (Cat, a cat)  

Summary: Holly Golightly lives in a brownstone on Manhattan's swank East Side. Totally madcap, she has a partially furnished apartment, owns a cat with no name, gets rid of the "mean reds" by visiting Tiffany's, and is forever misplacing her door key, much to the dismay of her upstairs neighbor Mr. Yunioshi, a Japanese photographer. Holly makes her living in two ways: she receive $50 from her gentlemen escorts whenever she needs powder room money, and she is paid $100 for each weekly trip she makes to Sing Sing, where she visits Sally Tomato, an ex-mobster. One day Paul Varjak, a young writer who is supported by an older woman nicknamed "2E," comes into Holly's life. Following one of Holly's wild cocktail parties, Paul unexpectedly meets Doc Golightly, a gentle Texan whom Holly married when she was only 15 years old. Holly explains to Paul that the marriage was annulled long ago, and he helps her send the heartbroken Doc away. After a day on the town together, Paul realizes that he is in love with Holly and proposes to her; but she is determined to marry José, a South American millionaire. However, when it is publicly revealed that Holly has been innocently carrying narcotics ring information from Sally Tomato to his New York associates, the stuffy José abandons her. Furious at everything and everyone, Holly throws Cat into the rain and decides to leave town, but Paul lectures her and then goes out to find Cat. Holly realizes how much she is giving up and races through the wet streets to a happy reunion with Paul and Cat. 

Production Company: Jurow--Shepherd Productions  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: Blake Edwards (Dir)
  William McGarry (Asst dir)
Producer: Martin Jurow (Prod)
  Richard Shepherd (Prod)
Writer: George Axelrod (Scr)
Photography: Franz F. Planer (Dir of photog)
  Richard Mueller (Col cons)
Art Direction: Hal Pereira (Art dir)
  Roland Anderson (Art dir)
Film Editor: Howard Smith (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Sam Comer (Set dec)
  Ray Moyer (Set dec)
Costumes: Edith Head (Cost supv)
  Givenchy (Miss Hepburn's ward)
  Pauline Trigere (Miss Neal's ward)
Music: Henry Mancini (Mus)
Sound: Hugo Grenzbach (Sd rec)
  John Wilkinson (Sd rec)
Special Effects: John P. Fulton (Spec photog eff)
  Farciot Edouart (Process photog)
Make Up: Wally Westmore (Makeup supv)
  Nellie Manley (Hairstyle supv)
Country: United States

Songs: "Moon River," words and music by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.
Composer: Henry Mancini
  Johnny Mercer
Source Text: Based on the novel Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (New York, 1958).
Authors: Truman Capote

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Jurow--Shepherd Productions 5/10/1961 dd/mm/yyyy LP20389

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Authors
  New York City--East Side
  New York Public Library
  Sing Sing Prison (NY)
  South Americans
  Tiffany's (New York City)

Note: Location scenes filmed in New York City. 

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