Roman Holiday

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Paramount Released 1953

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Director:
William Wyler
Released:
1953
Rating:
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Roman Holiday is a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, directed by William Wyler, written by John Dighton and Dalton Trumbo, and filmed on location in Rome. This timeless classic represents the film debut of Audrey Hepburn as Crown Princess Anne, a role for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award in 1953. While on a highly regimented royal tour of capital cities of Europe, the bored and overprotected Princess Anne, frustrated by the restrictions of royalty, manages to sneak away from her entourage to stow away in the back of a delivery truck. Having been given a calming sedative earlier by her guardians, she soon falls asleep on a public bench. American newspaper reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), finds her and takes her back to his apartment to sleep on his couch. He rushes off next morning to cover the Princess Anne press conference, where he finally realizes who he has rescued from the park bench. He negotiates an exclusive and returns to Anne with hopes of career advancement. However, as Joe and Ann explore Rome together and their relationship develops, his exclusive story becomes something very different.moreless

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  • 100

    TV Guide

    The film has enough adventure and excitement to satisfy, and the faintly bittersweet note of the ending is made deliciously palatable by its artistic rightness.

  • 90

    Variety

    [William Wyler] times the chuckles with a never-flagging pace, puts heart into the laughs, endows the footage with some boff bits of business and points up some tender, poignant sc...

  • 75

    Boston Globe Ty Burr

    The film itself is a classic of romantic wish fulfillment, exactly the sort of beautiful lie that Hollywood specialized in. [Review of re-release]

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      • Princess Ann: I hate this nightgown. I hate all my nightgowns, and I hate all my underwear too.
        Countess: My dear, you have lovely things.
        Princess Ann: But I'm not two hundred years old. Why can't I sleep in pajamas?
        Countess: Pajamas?
        Princess Ann: Just the top part. Did you know that there are people who sleep with absolutely nothing on at all?
        Countess: I rejoice to say I do not.

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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy, Classics