Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman Holiday
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Director: William Wyler
Actors: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

Audrey Hepburn's Oscar-winning performance in her first starring role.

Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. Eddie Albert contributes to the fun as Peck's carefree cameraman pal. Stylishly directed by William Wyler, this romantic comedy ranks as one of the most enjoyable films of all times.

DVD
Status: LongWait
Run time: 113mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullscreen
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 2.0 French Dolby Digital 2.0 German Dolby Digital 2.0 Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Finnish, French, French Titling, German, German Titling, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Italian Titling, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish Titling, Swedish, Turkish
Roman Holiday
by Jess Lomas,

Though many cite Breakfast at Tiffany’s as their favourite Audrey Hepburn film, for me it’s always been the black and white romance, Roman Holiday. Combining Hepburn with the eternally handsome Gregory Peck and under the direction of the marvellous William Wyler, Roman Holiday is a classic in every sense of the word and won three Academy Awards. Hepburn plays the sheltered Princess Ann from an unspecified country, who falls for American newspaperman Joe Bradley (Peck) while on a European tour. Of course this story isn’t without its twists and turns, with Joe concealing his career from Anya (the name she uses to conceal her own identity) in an attempt to score an exclusive interview. Joe convinces Anya to spend the day with him in Rome, even asking his photographer friend Irving (Eddie Alb...

Though many cite Breakfast at Tiffany’s as their favourite Audrey Hepburn film, for me it’s always been the black and white romance, Roman Holiday. Combining Hepburn with the eternally handsome Gregory Peck and under the direction of the marvellous William Wyler, Roman Holiday is a classic in every sense of the word and won three Academy Awards. Hepburn plays the sheltered Princess Ann from an unspecified country, who falls for American newspaperman Joe Bradley (Peck) while on a European tour.

Of course this story isn’t without its twists and turns, with Joe concealing his career from Anya (the name she uses to conceal her own identity) in an attempt to score an exclusive interview. Joe convinces Anya to spend the day with him in Rome, even asking his photographer friend Irving (Eddie Albert) to follow them around and document their travels. Of course, the two begin to fall in love.

What makes this film pull on the old heart strings is firstly the delightful pairing of Hepburn and Peck (Cary Grant was the original choice for Joe; he declined because he thought himself too old to play Hepburn’s love interest). Secondly, the film teases you with this unlikely love story set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, and then brings you back to reality with an ending that we don’t often see in Hollywood these days; an ending that is more likely to happen than your standard Happily Ever After.

Interestingly, Hepburn was not the first choice to play Princess Ann, with the role reportedly written for Elizabeth Taylor. After Hepburn performed a screen test the cameras kept rolling, capturing candid moments which landed her her first major American film role, and catapulted her star power around the world.

Written by John Dighton and Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo was blacklisted in Hollywood at the time and had fellow writer Ian McLellan Hunter attach his name to the film. This was rectified in 2003 when Trumbo’s name was rightfully returned to the film’s credits, and an honorary Oscar was awarded to the late Trumbo’s wife.

4.5/5

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Member Reviews (31)

David C
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Excellent -- managing to navigate between potential sleaze and sanctimony with fun, charm and even dignity.
Posted Thursday, 9 January 2014 See my other reviews
Tom F.
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Enjoyable, old-fashioned romance film. (The plot is just "Notting Hill".)
Posted Saturday, 21 December 2013 See my other reviews
Kiragirl
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To start with I thought it was a little corny, and then I got homed. Simply wonderful, Ms Audrey Hepburn.
Posted Sunday, 13 January 2013 See my other reviews
Tricia
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Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck - what more can you want. Great old fashioned love story. No sex scenes but just as fabulous as todays love story. More so because you can use your imagination, not have the directors take on things. Just beautiful acting.
Posted Friday, 15 July 2011 See my other reviews
Lyn
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Loved the acting. Joy to watch
Posted Wednesday, 9 March 2011 See my other reviews
Anita L.
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I think I have seen a modern day version of this movie (forget the name) and decided to watch the original. I have trouble with B
Posted Tuesday, 16 November 2010 See my other reviews
Sparkle
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Another fantastic Hepburn film, full of good humoured misadventure!
Posted Tuesday, 12 January 2010 See my other reviews
Book Worm
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An old favourite for me. Romance without explicit sex or foul language, and of course all that Roman history. Two people falling in love and maturing in the process. Brings a tear to your eye.
Posted Wednesday, 18 March 2009 See my other reviews
Maria D.
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A classic movie, Gregory Peck & Hepurn are fabulous! Still worth watching!
Posted Tuesday, 6 May 2008 See my other reviews
Rhoda J.
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A stunning classic old movie. Audrey Hepburn is just beautiful....but then when isn't she??
Posted Wednesday, 23 April 2008 See my other reviews
Siobhan W.
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Lovely to see Audrey in her first feature film. Diappointed it wasn't a colour reproduction but nonetheless it was a nice story.
Posted Wednesday, 16 January 2008 See my other reviews
Helen B.
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You can't help smiling every time you see Audrey Hepburn. She is just delightful.
Posted Thursday, 20 December 2007 See my other reviews
Christiaan P.
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excellent
Posted Monday, 23 July 2007 See my other reviews
Suzie W.
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Posted Friday, 15 June 2007 See my other reviews
Troy C.
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Audrey Hepburn was her graceful self. A classic!
Posted Sunday, 18 March 2007 See my other reviews
John D.
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Posted Tuesday, 27 June 2006 See my other reviews
Jodie S.
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Posted Thursday, 23 March 2006 See my other reviews
John Dawson
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Posted Monday, 27 June 2005 See my other reviews
Peter Bedo
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A lovely film for an oldie like me (in my fifties) and even my daughter at ten years old. Audrey is beautiful here and Rome is charming with fewer cars. Thoroughly recommended classic. A film from another world.
Posted Thursday, 12 May 2005 See my other reviews
Roger Merrell
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Posted Friday, 29 April 2005 See my other reviews
Paz Alfonso
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How times have changed! This is a wonderful film, the actors magnificent, and there is an innocence and simplicity about the story so lacking in today's films. I loved it as much this time as I did when it came out what, 50 years ago? Great nostalgia for a simpler time.
Posted Saturday, 9 April 2005 See my other reviews
Lore Rayner
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A delight to see Audrey Hepburn's first film - what a pixie she was. Gregory Peck is no slouch either! A fun film - not too much to think about, just enjoy - and no steamy sex!
Posted Friday, 3 December 2004 See my other reviews
Sri
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This is one of the ever green classic and anyone can enjoy it. The brilliant acting of Audrey Hepburn in her debut film and Gregory Peck are the highlights.
Posted Wednesday, 20 October 2004 See my other reviews
Sri
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Joe Taylor
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Posted Tuesday, 19 October 2004 See my other reviews
Gregory Berry
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A true classic
Posted Tuesday, 17 August 2004 See my other reviews
Steven Heath
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Posted Wednesday, 7 July 2004 See my other reviews
nellup
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the equivalent of comfort food - the macaroni cheese of movies
Posted Sunday, 9 May 2004 See my other reviews
Cinefile
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Posted Thursday, 29 April 2004 See my other reviews
Mark
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Great movie. A must watch for Hepburn fans.
Felicia
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