"Breakfast at Tiffany's" the movie is loosely based on the best-selling novel of the same title by American writer Truman Capote. The setting is at the beginning of the 1960s, which depicts the care-free life of the New York social scene.
It is a highly romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly) in one of her signature films, with George Peppard (Paul "Fred" Varjak,) co-starring. It also features Particia Neal (Mrs Falenson,) Buddy Ebsen (Doc Golightly,) Martin Balsam (O.J. Berman,) and Mickey Rooney (Mr Yunioshi.) The film was directed by Blake Edwards. The movie is entertaining enough and a pleasure to watch.
The movie is about Holly Golightly, a young naive but eccentric socialite, who is much in search of herself. Holly has an unstable childhood, marries at the age of fourteen, and marriage annulled. She then moves to Hollywood to start a film career, but before her she could start her film career, she suddenly leaves for New York.
Her career in New York is never clearly identified however implied that Holly is either a call girl or that she earns very well by dating and coming in contact with wealthy men. She also earns an extra weekly hundred dollars by carrying coded messages for an incarcerated mafia boss, but she is not even aware of the implications.
The film's main plot revolves around Holly's relationship with her new neighbor Paul Varjak, a struggling writer who moves into the apartment above Holly. It explores the relationship between Holly and Paul, her other relationships, and the resolution that happens within her, and between her and Paul as they get involved with each other.
Holly and Paul instantly become friends. Paul has only written one novel and to top it all, he has confidence problems. As his career is on hold, he is sponsored by a wealthy married woman Mrs. Falenson. Paul finds himself falling for Holly, who is constantly involved in short unfulfilling relationships. Holly is determined to marry a rich man so that she will be able to support herself and her brother, who is soon to leave the army, in the lifestyle which she has become accustomed to.
Paul moves out of the building after a disagreement with Holly and she starts to date a Brazilian millionaire whom she plans to marry and move with to Brazil. Paul's predicament is to convince Holly that he should be with her before it is too late. In a closing scene Paul gives her a brief "talk on life." Then Holly self-discovers who she really is, and what it is that makes her happy. The film ends with a poignant scene in the rain.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a 1961 Academy Award-winning film. It was also Oscar nominated for Best Leading Actress for Hepburn, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Set Decoration. It also includes Audrey Hepburn's rendition of the famous popular love song "Moon River" that helped garner an Oscar for the Best Song for Henry Mancini (composer) and Johnny Mercer (lyricist.)
It was also Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Set Decoration and Audrey Hepburn was nominated for Best Leading Actress.