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Roman Holiday (1953)

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, more...
Director: William Wyler, William Wyler
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Classics, Comedies, Classic Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Classic Comedy
Running Time: 118 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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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 (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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Terrific Classic Romance by JMVerville October 20, 2004 - 7:10 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The film's plot is very creative and original, yet at the same time embracing a certain cliche and cheese that is to be expected of classic films of this caliber that set the standard for romantic comedies. For Audrey Hepburn's debut is very strong, and it is a very proper introduction into the cinema world for this terrific star. All three of the main roles (Hepburn, Peck, and Albert) did terrific jobs, being the overwhelming backbone of the film.

I found the simple story to be very pleasing, and the shots of Rome were very terrific. I was very impressed with the general feeling that the film is able to exude by merely shooting it with the backdrop of Rome. This film is very classic, and rightfully so -- everything from the love story to the moral message were terrifically delivered by director William Wyler; it is a must see for people who enjoy romantic comedies on any level.

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(Average 7.76)
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