Roman Holiday 1953

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 Ro…
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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.

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  • Play It Again – Roman Holiday

    Reviewed 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 Gre...

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  • A great movie, with well-written comedy that is too-often absent from supposed "comedy" movies of today, it may seem corny to young people but remember there was a much more strict morality at the time and you need to keep that in minds when viewing the movie, otherwise you miss some of the humour and implications of the situation(s). Rome, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck - just brilliant, Eddie Albert in a support role is great too (I was very surprised to see him appear in this movie). Audrey's "break-out" role - and she deserved to be noticed for this role. The movie depicts the two tourist "must-see" sites of the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps as being just next to each other (they're not), but you could do that in 1953 when plane travel was much more expensive than today relative to wages and therefore few people had already travelled overseas or were flying to Europe. Great to see Rome when there were less tourists, less cars, less everything, and it also gave me the understanding why Vespa Scooters are so loved - and so useful in the narrow, ancient streets of Rome.

  • Excellent -- managing to navigate between potential sleaze and sanctimony with fun, charm and even dignity.

  • Enjoyable, old-fashioned romance film. (The plot is just "Notting Hill".)

  • To start with I thought it was a little corny, and then I got homed. Simply wonderful, Ms Audrey Hepburn.

  • 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.

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