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[[caption-width-right:250:Creator/AudreyHepburn as Holly Golightly.]]

''Breakfast at Tiffany's'' is a 1961 film directed by Creator/BlakeEdwards, loosely based on [[Literature/BreakfastAtTiffanys a 1958 novella]] by Creator/TrumanCapote.

As Holly Golightly, Creator/AudreyHepburn [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame wears a fabulous Givenchy dress and holds a cigarette in a holder]]. In this version Holly probably isn't a hooker (though she does seek out wealthy men to have flings with), and 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 gay, unnamed protagonist of Truman Capote's novella becomes the film's straight love interest.
** 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."
* 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.
* BlitheSpirit: Holly, naturally.
* 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 Hispanic. The pronunciation should be Zhoo-zeh, not Ho-say.
** Worse, José even mispronounces ''his own name'' in this manner. The actor playing him (José Luis de Vilallonga) is 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's too young to wear diamonds without being "tacky".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: For a film in which the two lead characters are more-or-less prostitutes, it's remarkably roundabout in its approach to sexuality.
* GoldDigger: Once she gets tired of CompensatedDating, Holly aims for this. Unfortunately, one (who was broke to begin with) gets married, and another gives up once she's arrested.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl : Holly.
* HeroicBSOD: Holly, after knowing [[spoiler:her brother died. 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Holly, about one minute after abandoning Cat in the rain.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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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