I kept on having to remind myself that this film was made in 1961, a different era, therefore this required a fair bit of allowance. At one stage I could have watched it with the mute on. Visually stunning but the dialogue hasn't aged so well. The females were vacuous and the males boorish, and I could not abide Mickey Rooney's character. At about the half way point I had settled in to the style and could appreciate it. Old New York is stunning and the song Moon River just divine. Loved the opening scene and the closing scene, just had a bit of trouble with the middle!
The kindest thing I can say is that the movie is extremely dated.
Other reviewers seem obsessed with Capote's original novella and criticize this movie saying that it's not the same as the book.
Well - get over it. A movie is not a book! This is a Hollywood romance with some slapstick thrown in to balance the pathos. Would a more downbeat drama be a "better" film?
Despite the treatment, the deeper issues of identity and truth ("She's a real phony") still shine through. Audrey Hepburn plays a character re-inventing herself in NYC. Like Don Draper in Mad Men, Holly Golightly has discarded her rural family. It *is* a stretch to imagine the svelte and sophisticated Hepburn as an overweight child bride - Capote's original choice of Marilyn Monroe in the role might have worked better. Sadly, Norma Jeane's star was fading.
In any case, Hepburn's performance was iconic. Nobody can deny that.
The supporting cast are strong, in particular Buddy Ebsen and Patricia Neal. In my opinion, Peppard is stoic not wooden as some think. And what about that cat!
Love watching Audrey and found that the character was much more fey and foolish than i expected
Beautiful movie, wife enjoyed it very much and I guess I did as well worth seeing, beats all the shoot and kill stuff these days
This is a great classic that I had never seen, glad I could check it off my bucket list!
Audrey Hepburn is supreme. Loved it Loved it Loved it! Funny, quirky and gave another slant on the era - usually quite strait laced and proper films - this was just a little risque. The sex was always implied as opposed to the embarrassing situations our actors have to cope with these days. And as always less is more.
Could turn around and watch it again right now!
A classic perhaps, undoubtedly an unforgettable theme and song in Moon River, and certainly a gorgeous lead in Audrey Hepburn. But she plays one of the most crazily stupid and most annoying characters ever created. Still it's a love story when the plot finally gets around to it.
A must see! I enjoyed it so much I'm now looking forward to seeing some of Audrey's other movies (and seeing My Fair Lady again!).
This was a wonderful movie, and one I hadn't ever seen before, it was really special to watch Audrey Hepburn in this movie.
Was very disappointing movie, considering it is regarded as a classic. The best part was Audrey Hepburn's clothes. Didn't finish watching the movie.
A classic movie and one that everyone should watch. Great dresses and I loved the Cat! I watched the movie first, then the extras, then the movie again. Picked up on somethings that I missed the first time. Didn't like the "Japanese" neighbour.
Loved it totally loved it. It was a sweet movie with not a lot of sex well none real visible anyway. I thought it was nice movie and glad that I picked it
My friends were surprised I hadn?t seen this movie sooner. But I?d always written it off as just a love story. No, they said, it?s more than that. Well, really it isn?t. It?s exactly that. Sure, the path has been made more stony in ways that were probably quite provocative in their day (though tame today). But the whole centre of the story is how will he end up with her? Yes, there are fabulous frocks and George Peppard is the very definition of handsome but I was rather underwhelmed by the total package. And Mickey Rooney playing an angry JAPANESE neighbour was bizarre, badly done and vaguely offensive.
An all time classic well worth the revist. Audrey Hepburn is simply stunning and plays a great role.
Such a refined and beautiful actress as Audry Hepburn is rare now a days. Brought back memories.
Don't know how many times I've seen this over the year, never get tired of it - and always have a tear in my end when "Moon River" starts playing! My teenager is now enjoying watching some of the classic movies of years gone by and loved this!
I haven't seen this for so long but I just love Audrey Hepburn. She is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.
a real classic, with subtext and subtlety and the occasional drift into sentimentality but a performance from AH that has become a defining cinematic turn.
We saw this film when we were around 16 & loved it????....should have left it that way. Back then did'nt realise they were both prostitutes !!! Extremely slow movie, basic storyline 'wooden acting' by today's comparison. Hepburn is stunning but overacts. Great song ! Should have turn it off but remain till the end due to loyality to our youthful memories.
Loved it for the era and Audrey Hepburn.Annoying at time though (Mickey Rooney!)but Moon River is a gorgeous tune and I adored the opening scenes!
Classic. Wonderfully acted period piece. No plot, no story, but an early insight into the "beautiful people".
Not pc for Audrey to be a call girl but fine to pay out the Japs..funny time the good ole days. Great movie.
Such a delight! To see a classic like this for the first time was wonderful. It's dated in its way, but also timeless. My teenage daughters watched it with me and we all fell in love with Holly and George. Its a bit like watching "Sex in the City' in the 50 's, Impossibly glamorous people partying non stop, the party scene in Holly's apartment is a classic. The dialogue is so sophisticated and funny, when Holly breaks into George' apartment for the first time and tells him she'll get her own drink because he must be exhausted after entertaining his female 'sponsor', it's funny but non judgemental because Holly is doing the same thing. It is the ultimate romantic film, where love between two people may save you from the cold realities of life if you let it. The scene where Holly rushes to save Cat, is where she is finally saving herself. So lovely.
Seeing mickey rooney play the Japanese man killed the movie for us
what a delight. This "old" movie is fabulous - even after over 40 years
Ok to watch but not as good as anticipated.
An old classic that was enjoyable to watch.
Not what I expected - it was actually a little disturbing. Audrey would have to be the most beautiful woman ever born, and it was good to see George Peppard without Mr T
Not what I expected, but very quirky and interesting none the less. A must see!
I cant still why this would be a classic. It was quite boring in parts. Not as Romantic as the reviews say. I much prefer Singin in the Rain to this and I even found this one a little ordinary too.
One of my favourites. Audrey is the best!
It is worth seeing one of the "classics", made when a movie depended on the actors and Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard have not let us down. The long enduring Japanese man upstairs is also good, is it Mickey Rooney?
A timeless classic. My wifes favourite.They don't make em like they used to.
A very touching performance by Audrey (and her cat, who should get a name at EOF!)
I just love this movie..absolutely magic and the music is great
An old classic - interesting to watch, lighthearted trivia.
A great movie! Nice to see it again.
Although the image and sound quality of this dvd is aweful, but a great original story.