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[[caption-width-right:280:Creator/AudreyHepburn as Holly Golightly.]]

''Breakfast at Tiffany's'' is a 1961 romantic [[{{dramedy}} comedy-drama]] film directed by Creator/BlakeEdwards, loosely based on the [[Literature/BreakfastAtTiffanys 1958 novella]] by Creator/TrumanCapote. Creator/AudreyHepburn stars as Holly Golightly; also in the cast are George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and (in a notorious {{yellowface}} role) Creator/MickeyRooney.

This is well-known for being the movie in which Hepburn [[PopCulturalOsmosis wears a fabulous Givenchy dress and holds a cigarette in a holder]], and for introducing Music/HenryMancini's Oscar-winning song "Moon River". In this version Holly probably isn't a hooker (though she does seek out wealthy men to have flings with), while the gay writer is now a straight gigolo--or something close to it--named Paul Varjak who has a tumultuous relationship with Holly.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationalSexuality:
** The unnamed narrator in Truman Capote's novell has an ambiguous sexuality, but it's fairly certain that his feelings for Holly were asexual. In the film, he becomes a straight love interest, Paul.
** Holly was bisexual in the novella. This being Hollywood in the 1960s, this was changed.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Holly is blonde in the novella, but brunette in the film.
* AffectionateNickname: Holly first calls Paul "Fred" after her brother, whom Paul reminds her of.
* AllThereInTheScript: According to the screenplay, 2-E's real name is Emily Eustace, hence the nickname "2-E."
* AscendedExtra: Mr. Yunioshi is an extremely minor character in the original novella. And the one time he has a line, he speaks in fluent English.
* AsianBuckTeeth: Mr. Yunioshi.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Creator/MickeyRooney's portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi in the movie follows this.
* BadDreams: Holly gets into bed with Paul and talks in her sleep about, apparently, losing her beloved brother in the snow. The trope is slightly averted in that she'd already revealed, earlier in that scene, that she worries about her brother, but not the extent to which it distresses her.
* BeehiveHairdo: Holly even sleeps with her hair up.
* BigApplesauce: Unlike the original novella, set in New York though it was, the film is, as Truman Capote said, "a mawkish valentine to New York City".
* BlitheSpirit: Holly, naturally.
* BookDumb: Holly is pretty smart, but almost entirely uneducated.
* CanonForeigner: Emily "2E" Eustace does not appear in the source novella. The subplot of Paul serving as 2E's "kept man" was apparently added to the movie to establish Paul's heterosexual credentials. This then allowed for the movie's boy-gets-girl climax, something also not found in the novella. It also gave Peppard a chance to appear bare-chested in a bedroom setting, the very best "beefcake" scene in his entire movie career.
* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: Almost averted, but not quite. Holly does learn Portuguese in order to go to Brazil, but she nevertheless pronounces her Brazilian fiancé's name, José, as if he were Brazilian. The pronunciation should be Zhoo-zeh, not Ho-say.
** Worse, José even mispronounces ''his own name'' in this manner. Understandable though, as the actor playing him (José Luis de Vilallonga) is Spanish - and Ho-say is indeed the way it is pronounced in Spanish.
* CaughtInTheRain: Holly and Paul, near the end.
* ChekhovsGun: The moment you see Paul getting a ring from a Cracker Jack box, you know it'll be important.
* CompensatedDating: What Holly does.
* DemotedToExtra: Mag Wildwood is cut down to just another colorful extra during the party scene in the film.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Do not call Holly "Lula Mae."
* ADogNamedDog: Holly's cat is named...Cat. (She states that "The way I see it I haven't got the right to give him [a name]".)
* EdibleThemeNaming: Sally Tomato.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Though Holly somehow thinks she is too young to wear diamonds without being "tacky".
* FiveFingerDiscount: Holly claims to have shoplifted for years (makes sense she was reportedly a child thief before meeting Doc). She dares Paul to shoplift with her, and the two simply steal two Halloween masks from a shop full of customers.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: For a film in which the two lead characters are more-or-less prostitutes, it's remarkably roundabout in its approach to sexuality.
* TheGhost: Fred, Holly's mentally retarded brother who joined the army. [[spoiler: Eventually he dies in the road accident.]]
* GoldDigger: Once she gets tired of CompensatedDating, Holly aims for this. Unfortunately, one of her targets (who was broke to begin with) gets married, and another gives up once she is arrested.
** A male example of the trope appears in the character Rusty Trawler. While once one of the richest men in the United States, he is secretly broke during his appearances in the film. A newspaper reports his marriage to a particularly wealthy woman, and Holly casually explains that Rusty was marrying her for her money.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl : Holly.
* HeroicBSOD: Holly, after learning that [[spoiler:her brother died in an accident. And also after TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* HighClassGloves: Her fancy evening dress is paired with long, black gloves.
* HollywoodKiss: The kiss between Holly and Paul at the end.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Holly, though this is strongly toned down compared to the novella. She still refers to her "playing the field" though.
* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Paul is seen carrying home a grocery bag with a baguette in it.
* KickTheDog: When Holly abandons her cat in an alley, it's the ultimate sign that she's selling out for a soulless life of luxury. [[spoiler: And going back to find him is her redemption.]] Audrey once said that this was the most distasteful thing she ever had to do on film.
* LittleBlackDress: Holly wears one; it's probably the most iconic example of the trope in film history. It was designed, like all of Audrey Hepburn's costumes for the film, by Hubert de Givenchy.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Holly in the film.
* MayDecemberRomance: Holly's husband was much, much older than her, and had several kids before marrying her. Holly was still a teenager when they got married, and it sounds like their marriage was relatively innocent, with her doing nothing but sitting around at home all day.
** According to Doc Golightly, Holly was 14-years-old when he married her. He expected her to be a good stepmother for his children.
* MeaningfulName: What better surname than "Golightly" could there be for a free-spirited ditz with an unserious approach to life?
* MostWritersAreWriters: Paul is a writer who has not had anything published in five years since writing a book of vignettes titled Nine Lives.
* TheMuse: Holly for Paul. Paul reportedly published a well-received collection of short stories in 1956, but has not managed to complete any work since then and seems to have given up on his writing career. Shortly after meeting Holly (and after she deduces that he is lying about working on a novel), he starts writing a new story based on his impressions of her. He gets it published and earns 50 dollars in payment. Later in the film (after an apparent Time Skip), Paul has managed to get several new stories published in at least two major publications.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Holly, after TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* NaiveEverygirl: Holly is kind of smart... but not enough to notice she's been helping the drug dealing activities of the convict she often visits.
--> [[SpySpeak "Snow flurries expected this weekend in New Orleans."]] Isn't that just the weirdest? I bet they haven't had snow in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans for a million years. I don't know how he thinks them up.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: {{Justified}}. The film presents Holly as an Oklahoma country girl who was trained to speak with a British accent, though Hepburn can occasionally be heard slipping out of the British accent.
* {{Qipao}}: The two Chinese girls who show up at the party both wear qipaos.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Paul to Holly, in the penultimate scene of the film.
* RedemptionInTheRain: The climax of the film.
* RomanticFalseLead: Jose.
* RomanticRain: The final kiss between Paul and Holly takes place in a heavy rain.
* SealedWithAKiss: The film ends with Paul and Holly kissing in the rain.
* SettingUpdate: Although the story in the movie occurs in 1960, the story in the novella is penned as occuring in 1943.
* [[SimpleCountryLawyer Simple Country Doctor]]: Holly's ex-husband. Doc Gollightly apparently works as a veterinarian in Texas, specializing in horses. He also owns his own farm and considers himself a farmer.
* SleepCute: In one scene, Holly climbs into Paul's apartment through the window (while he is in bed) to escape a drunken client. Eventually, she cuddles up to him and falls asleep on his chest, emphasizing that it is okay because they are friends. Curiously at this point in the film, Holly and Paul know each other for a few hours, have barely interacted, and Paul is naked (after having sex with another woman). It is Holly who insists that they are friends.
* SleepMask: Holly has one.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Ironically, Holly's cigarette stick was supposed to be an affectation that Holly assumes to cover her insecurity. It backfired. Audiences didn't get it, probably at least in part because of the choice of Audrey Hepburn for the role.
* SpySpeak: Sally's "weather reports" which Holly passes forward. Basically Holly is getting paid to visit imprisoned crime lord Sally Tomato every weak, receive from him strange weather reports about Palermo (in Sicily), Cuba, and New Orleans, and pass forward the reports to Sally's supposed lawyer. Later in the film, Holly is arrested for participation in a drug smuggling ring. The weather reports were actually coded messages, concerning shipments of drugs.
* SupportingProtagonist: While Holly Golightly is definitely the main character, her love interest Paul Varjak is the protagonist.
* {{Timber}}: Holly shouts this as a woman passes out.
* {{Yellowface}}: Mickey Rooney's role as the buck-toothed stereotype-Japanese Mr. Yunioshi is a notorious example. Recent DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film have people involved with its making apologizing for this, as well as a featurette titled "Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective" discussing the depiction of Asians in Hollywood.
* WakeupMakeup: ''You'' try sleeping not only in full, perfect makeup with your hair done up, but also with a sleeping mask on.
* WritersBlockMontage: Not a montage, but a panning shot with the same effect.
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