Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

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Director: William Wyler

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert


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Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by "affairs of state." On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. She happens to meet American journalist Joe Bradley…  See more details below


Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by "affairs of state." On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. She happens to meet American journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who, recognizing a hot news story, pretends that he doesn't recognize her and offers to give her a guided tour of Rome. Naturally, Joe hopes to get an exclusive interview, while his photographer pal Irving (Eddie Albert) attempts to sneak a photo. And just as naturally, Joe falls in love with her. Filmed on location in Rome, Roman Holiday garnered an Academy Award for the 24-year-old Hepburn; another Oscar went to the screenplay, credited to Ian McLellan Hunter and John Dighton but actually co-written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo. The 1987 TV movie remake with Catherine Oxenberg is best forgotten.

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Barnes & Noble - Karen Backstein
A charming and poignant fairy tale, Roman Holiday stars that most ethereal and graceful of actresses, Audrey Hepburn, in a role that nearly rivals her dizzying turn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The plot? Once upon a time, a lovely princess tired of her ivory tower sheds her identity the romantic city of Rome with the help of a handsome American journalist (played by Gregory Peck). Though he initially cares more for the princess' story than for the woman herself, his sentiments gradually shift, deepening and enhancing the movie's emotional impact. Shot on location, scene after scene captures the city's magic, allowing the audience to share the princess' joy in her newfound liberty. Whether she's swimming in the Tiber, smoking a cigarette for the very first time, or walking through glamorous mirrored halls -- an image that mulitplies the loneliness of her aristocratic life -- each experience fairly sparkles -- and is made all the more touching by the knowledge that it may be only fleeting. Beautifully directed by William Wyler (Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives,), and written by the esteemed Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus), this is Hollywood romanticism at its finest -- visually stunning, psychologically complex, and plotted with an emotional punch that makes tissues as essential as popcorn.
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With Audrey Hepburn at her most appealing, Gregory Peck at his most charismatic, and Rome at its most photogenic, Roman Holiday remains one of the most popular romances that has ever skipped across the screen. Aside from being an enormously enjoyable romp, the film is most notable for two reasons. The first is Hepburn, featured here in her first starring role in a Hollywood film. Her performance won her an Academy Award and established her as an actress whose waifish, delicate beauty presented a viable alternative to the amply proportioned bombshells of the day. With her wide-eyed but cultivated portrayal of Princess Anne, Hepburn kicked off a trend defined by the Audrey Hepburn "look"--simple, sophisticated, and streamlined. The second reason for the film's importance is its location. Whereas modern-day filmmakers may think nothing of jetting off to remote and exotic locales, in 1953 the idea of traveling beyond a Hollywood soundstage was fairly novel. Director William Wyler's use of Rome is one of the best examples of how a location can become a leading character in a film: without the city's twisted alleyways, bustling crowds, and hulking ruins, Roman Holiday would have had the visual impact of a museum diorama. The effect of using the actual city in the film was eye-popping: audiences saw not just a romance between the two lead characters but a love affair between the camera and the city. In this respect, Roman Holiday goes beyond its status as one of the screen's most enduring romances to become one of history's most thumbed-through travel brochures.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Princess Anne
Gregory Peck Joe Bradley
Eddie Albert Irving Radovich
Hartley Power Mr. Hennessey
Harcourt Williams Ambassador
Margaret Rawlings Countess Vereberg
Tullio Carminatti Gen. Provno
Paolo Carlini Mario Delani
Claudio Ermelli Giovanni
Paola Borboni Charwoman
Alfredo Rizzo Cab driver
Laura Solari Hennessy's Secretary
Gorella Gori Shoe Seller
Princess Alma Cattaneo Lady-in-Waiting
Princess Lilamani The Raikuuari of Khanipur
Maurizio Arena Driver
John Cortay Correspondent
George Higgins Correspondent
Heinz Hindrich Dr. Bonnachoven
Edward Hitchcock Chief of Correspondents
John Horne Master of Ceremonies
Richard McNamara Correspondent
Giacomo Penza Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Altomonto
Mimmo Poli Worker
Giuliano Raffaelli Actor
Carlo Rizzo Police man
Gianna Segale Actor
Marco Tulli Dancer
Tania Weber Irving's Model
Andre Eszterhazy Embassy Staff

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Georges Auric Score Composer
John Dighton Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian McLellan Hunter Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Robert Swink Editor
Dalton Trumbo Original Story
Walter Tyler Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title
2. Goodwill Tour
3. Her Royal Schedule
4. Outside the Gates
5. So Happy
6. Sleeping Arrangements
7. Exclusive Interview
8. Call Me Anya
9. A Story With Pictures
10. A Whole New Look
11. Take the Whole Day Off
12. Sidewalk Cafe
13. Sightseeing
14. The Mouth of Truth
15. Dancing at Sant' Angelo
16. The End of the Fairy Tale
17. Fair Game
18. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press


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Roman Holiday 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
Roman holiday is a small film devoid of complicated plot yet leaves a light heart to the viewer. A sedated princess leaves the palace one night and finds the outside world so exciting. She spends the next twenty four hours with an American journalist who found her sleeping in the street gutter of one Roman sidewalk. The simple plot runs on the journalist's bet with his boss that he can interview the princess personally and ask her all the questions in the world that he can think of. The journalist and the princess roam the streets of Rome and went to the dance at night. They were together for twenty four hours. They finally kissed and said their good nights. The following day during the journalists' appointment with the princess, she was shocked to find out that the man she went with the previous day and kissed before leaving each other was a journalist. The end shows the journalist in awe inside the big beautiful palace. This maybe a small film yet beautiful and great. Audrey is at her best in this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
The early 1950s produced some of Paramount Pictures' most memorable films including "Shane", "A Place in the Sun", "White Christmas", "Sunset Blvd." and "Stalag 17". But it was William Wyler's "Roman Holiday" which captured the innocence and magic of that era. Audiences loved the fairy tale of a young princess who runs away from her special duties and spends a glorious and unforgettable day with a handsome newspaperman. By 1953, William Wyler had long established himself as one of Hollywood's most successful and brilliant dramatic directors, having won the Academy Award for "Mrs. Miniver" and "The Best Years of Our Lives". But Roman Holiday would be his first comedy in almost twenty years. With an Oscar-winning performance by Audrey Hepburn and a delightful, Oscar-winning screenplay--credited to John Dighton and Ian McLellan Hunter, but much later revealed to have been written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo--it is a production with great charm and completely captivating. In many ways "Roman Holiday" defined Hepburn in the eyes of the movie-going public. Though it would be merely the first of many memorable performances in subsequent films, the image of Audrey as a European princess--regal and elegant in a formal white gown and diamond tiara--would provide indelible. It helped that most of the world met Audrey and Princess Anne at the same time, forging an identification between actor and role that remained long after the film was over. Princess Anne was indeed a character worth remembering--a beautiful, sexy young woman with equal parts of sophistication and naiveté, whose guiltless charm encourages the nobler instincts in the men she meets, whatever their initial intentions may have been. When Gregory Peck as reporter Joe Bradley finds himself alone in his room with the drugged Anne, unaware that she is a princess, he does not take advantage of the situation even after she asks Joe to help her undress. Later, after promising all the dirt on Anne's day off to his editor, the desire to protect her becomes predominant, as Joe must decide whether to forfeit the story and a hefty paycheck. Although "Roman Holiday" is remembered as Audrey's first American film, it is actually shot entirely in Rome at Cinecitta Studios. Wyler made superb use of several locations throughout the Eternal City, with an evening dance in the shadow of the Castel Sant'Angelo particularly memorable. Both Peck and Oscar nominee Eddie Albert as Joe's engaging sidekick match Audrey's flawless comic timing and delivery stride for stride in this sparkling, romantic gem. [filmfactsman]
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This is one of my favorite "tales". It's a would be "fairy tale" had it ended as everyone would've wanted, but that's what makes this story stand out. It's beautifully done in a real Rome setting. Audrey shines of course and draws you in. A role that was most definitely worthy of the Oscar it received that year, especially for a newcomer. Gregory Peck is very charming as a sly news reporter who can't help but take to the girl as the audience does. This movie gives you a sense of independence and freedom everytime you watch it. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audrey Hepburn is sensational in this movie. Good movie to see before taking a trip to Rome. Noga Rosenthal
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very disappointing! Everyone had such good things to say about it, but I found it silly and not very entertaining. I got quite bored watching it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gotta kid? Then you know all about this movie cause that is all you hear about. It is all I heard about for the last week and so I finally saw it with my cousin who is a mother to a 7 year old- she really wanted to see it first. So, let me say this: There will be no problem letting her 7 year old watch it. I kinda enjoyed it too seeing how I had to be dragged to it. But once there I was not bored and there seemed to be a crowd that apparently was expecting a treat of some kind as several appeared to be veterans of earlier showings who had then gone out and grabbed their posse to watch it again (only with them this time). Nice way to spend a Saturday with the kids and grab a laugh or three. Anyway, I'll give it a thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I see the last two reviewers didn't seem to understand this movie... I'm not sure why. This is the movie that shot Audrey Hepburn to stardom and formed a life long friendship between her and Peck. This is a feel good romantic comedy. I always watch it whenever I'm feeling down. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my favorite old movies. I have watched almost every old movie there is, thanks to the library, but Roman Holiday is defiantly my favorite. It has a wonderful blend of humor and romance that I just adore. The first time I watched it I was just transfixed by the story. The acting is just flawless. This movie was one of the first I had seen with Gregory Peck and he is now undoubtedly my favorite old actor. I defiantly recommend this movie to anyone and I know after you watch it, it will come to have a place in your heart, just like it has in mine.
tartantart More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was a young girl and liked it. To my childs mind it had all you would ever want,a princess,a castle,a charming man with a funny sidekick. I watched it again on the late, late, show in my late teens on a sleep over. It still had the elegant quality one expected from an Audrey Hepburn movie. I watched it again with my Mom while she recuped from a broken hip. The Hepburn/Peck magic was still there as if time had stopped. It was like opening the windows after a long winter, a movie that was well written & directed. Classic acting from three pros, Hepburn, Peck & Albert. Story line was still touching but the quality that impressed me most was the undercurrent of passion/lust that wasn't blazed on the big screen but brushed lightly on the silver screen canvas. You didn't have to see up close & personal nakedness to get the idea they are choppin at the bit. Suggestion & subtlety has given this movie the staying power it so richly deserves.
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