Breakfast at Tiffany's

Synopsis: Holly Golightly is a flighty Manhattan party girl, who expects "money for the powder room as well as for cab fare" for her companionship. She has even gotten a lucrative once weekly job to visit notorious convict Sally Tomato in Sing Sing, she needing to report back to Sally's lawyer the weather report that Sally tells her as proof of her visits with him in return for payment. Her aspirations for glamor and wealth are epitomized by the comfort she feels at Tiffany's, the famous high end jewelry retailer where she believes nothing can ever go wrong. Her resolve for this wealth is strengthened, if not changed slightly in focus, upon news from home. Into Holly's walk-up apartment building and thus her life is Paul Varjak, a writer who Holly states reminds her of her brother Fred, who she has not seen in years and who is currently enlisted in the army. The two quickly become friends in their want for something outside of their current lot. Paul's situation is closer to Holly's than he woul
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Blake Edwards
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min


Hey, baby. What's going on here?

Oh, hi.

Miss Golightly.

Some day... Some day...

Miss Golightly.

What happened to you, anyway?

You take off for the powder room

and that's the last I see you.

-Now, really, Harry...

-Harry was the other guy.

I'm Sid. Sid Arbuck.

You like me, remember?

Miss Golightly, I protest!

Oh, darling, I am sorry,

but I lost my key.

But that was two weeks ago.

You cannot go on

and keep ringing my bell.

You disturb me!

You must have a key made!

But it won't do any good.

I just lose them all.

Come on, baby. You like me.

You know you do.

I worship you, Mr Arbuck,

-but good night, Mr Arbuck.

-Baby, wait a minute. What is this?

You like me. I'm a liked guy.

You like me, baby. You know you do.

Didn't I pick up the check

for five people?

Your friends.

I've never seen them before.

And when you asked for a little change

for the powder room,

what do I give you? A $50 bill.

Now doesn't that give me some rights?

In 30 seconds I going to call the police!

All the time disturbance! I get no sleep!

I got to get my rest! I'm an artist!

I am going to call the vice squad on you!

Don't be angry, you dear little man,

I won't do it again.

If you promise not to be angry,

I might let you take those pictures

we mentioned.




Good night.

I'm sorry to bother you, but I couldn't get

the downstairs door open.

I guess they sent me the upstairs key.

I couldn't get the downstairs door open.

I said, I guess they sent me

the upstairs key.

I couldn't get the downstairs door open.

I'm sorry to wake you.

That's quite all right.

It could happen to anyone,

quite frequently does. Good night.

I hate to...

I hate to bother you,

but if I could ask one more favour

could I use the phone?


Why not?

Thank you.

Well, this is

a nice little place you've got here.

-You just moved in, too, huh?

-No. I've been here about a year.

The phone's over there.

Well, it was.

Oh, I remember.

I stuck it in the suitcase.

Kind of muffles the sound.

I'm sorry.

-Is he all right?


Sure. He's okay, aren't you, cat?

Poor old cat.

Poor slob. Poor slob without a name.

The way I look at it,

I don't have the right to give him one.

We don't belong to each other.

We just took up by the river one day.

I don't even want to own anything

until I find a place where

me and things go together.

I'm not sure where that is,

but I know what it's like.

It's like Tiffany's.


You mean the jewellery store?

That's right.

I'm crazy about Tiffany's.


You know those days when you

get the mean reds?

The mean reds?

You mean like the blues?


The blues are because you're getting fat

or maybe it's been raining too long.

You're just sad, that's all.

The mean reds are horrible.

Suddenly you're afraid and you

don't know what you're afraid of.

-Do you ever get that feeling?


Well, when I get it,

the only thing that does any good

is to jump into a cab and go to Tiffany's.

Calms me down right away.

The quietness and the proud look of it.

Nothing very bad

could happen to you there.

If I could find a real-life place

that made me feel like Tiffany's, then...

Then I'd buy some furniture

and give the cat a name.

I'm sorry. You wanted something.

The telephone.

It's just that I was supposed

to meet somebody.

I mean, this is

00 Thursday morning, isn't it?

I just got off a plane from Rome

and I'm not too sure.

Thursday. Is this Thursday?

-I think so.

-Thursday! Oh, no, it can't be!

It's too gruesome.

Well, what's so gruesome

about Thursday?

Nothing, except I can never remember

when it's coming up.


I generally just don't go to bed at all

because I have to be up to catch

the 10:

And they're so particular

about visiting hours.

Would you be a darling

and look under the bed

and see if you can find

a pair of alligator shoes?


I've got to do something

about the way I look.

I mean, a girl just can't go to Sing Sing

with a green face.

Sing Sing?

Yes, I always thought it was

a ridiculous name for a prison.

Sing Sing, I mean. It sounds more like it

should be an opera house or something.

Black alligator.

You know, all the visitors make an effort

to look their best. It's only fair.

Actually, it's very touching, all the

women wearing their prettiest things.

I just love them for it.

And I love the kids, too.

I mean the kids the wives bring.

It should be sad seeing kids there,

but it isn't.

They all have ribbons in their hair

and lots of shine on their shoes.

You'd think there was going to be

ice cream.

Now, as I understand it,

what we're doing is getting you ready

-to visit somebody at Sing Sing.

-That's right.

You can always tell what kind of person

a man really thinks you are

by the earrings he gives you.

I must say, the mind reels.

May I ask whom?

Whom what?

Oh, whom I go to visit, you mean?

I guess that's what I mean.

I don't know

that I should even discuss it.

Well, they never told me

not to tell anyone.

You must cross your heart

and kiss your elbow.

I'll try.

You probably read about him.

His name's Sally Tomato.

Sally Tomato?

Well, don't look so shocked.

They could never prove for a second

that he was even part of the Mafia,

much less head of it, my dear.

The only thing they did prove was

that he cheated his income tax a little.

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George Axelrod

George Axelrod (June 9, 1922 – June 21, 2003) was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director, best known for his play, The Seven Year Itch (1952), which was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and also adapted Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate (1962). more…

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