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Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  2 September 1953 (USA)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.



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Complete credited cast:
Hartley Power ...
Margaret Rawlings ...
Tullio Carminati ...
Paolo Carlini ...
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Paola Borboni ...
Alfredo Rizzo ...
Taxicab Driver
Laura Solari ...
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Joe Bradley is a reporter for the American News Service in Rome, a job he doesn't much like as he would rather work for what he considers a real news agency back in the States. He is on the verge of getting fired when he, sleeping in and getting caught in a lie by his boss Hennessy, misses an interview with HRH Princess Ann, who is on a goodwill tour of Europe, Rome only her latest stop. However, he thinks he may have stumbled upon a huge scoop. Princess Ann has officially called off all her Rome engagements due to illness. In reality, he recognizes the photograph of her as being the young well but simply dressed drunk woman he rescued off the street last night (as he didn't want to turn her into the police for being a vagrant), and who is still in his small studio apartment sleeping off her hangover. What Joe doesn't know is that she is really sleeping off the effects of a sedative given to her by her doctor to calm her down after an anxiety attack, that anxiety because she hates her... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

2 September 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesa que quería vivir  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gregory Peck came to Italy to shoot the movie, he was privately depressed about his recent separation and imminent divorce from his first wife, Greta Kukkonen. However, during the shot he met and fell in love with a French woman named Veronique Peck. After his divorce, he married Passani and they remained together for the rest of his life. See more »


After Ann leaves Joe's apartment, when she looks in the salon window her tie is on and cuffs are buttoned, but when she sits down in the hair salon chair, her cuffs are rolled up slightly. When she leaves the salon her cuffs are rolled up slightly, but when she approaches the gelato stand, her sleeves have been rolled up to mid-bicep. She sits down on the banister with her gelato, tie on, but a moment later the tie is gone (and never returns) and her top blouse buttons are open. Through their tour of the Coliseum, Ann's neck is bare, but on the scooter ride leaving the Coliseum a striped scarf appears mysteriously around her neck. In the car as Joe drives Ann back to the palace, both the striped scarf and tie are missing. See more »


[first lines]
News announcer: Paramount News brings you a special coverage of Princess Ann's visit to London, the first stop on her much-publicized goodwill tour of European capitals. She gets a royal welcome from the British, as thousands cheer the gracious young member of one of Europe's oldest ruling families. After three days of continuous activity and a visit to Buckingham Palace, Ann flew to Amsterdam, where Her Royal Highness dedicated the new international aid building and christened an ocean liner, ...
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User Reviews

An enchanting light comedy…

Constantly advised, overprotected, and bored with her royal duties, Princess Anne, on holiday in Rome, evades her protectors and sneaks out at night to discover how the ordinary Italians live...

Exhausted from a claustrophobic schedule, she collapses in a public place…

Passing by is Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), a newspaper reporter who was planning to interview the Princess the following day…

Not realizing who she is, he eventually takes her to his apartment where she spends the night on his couch…

After discovering her identity, Bradley charms the runaway princess for the exclusive story he visualizes writing… He calls his carefree photographer friend Eddie Albert and proposes to spend the day with her and experience everything she has always desired to…

Audrey Hepburn—the exquisite incognito princess who finds romance in the capital city of Italy— not only lets down her long tresses, but also gets a more fashionable cut, as she blossoms to embrace a life she knows she cannot keep…

Hepburn received an Oscar for Best Actress in recognition of her gamine charms and for her great acting ability…

If you like to remember Princess Anne at the café ordering champagne for lunch; smoking her "very first" cigarette; dancing on a barge on the Tiber River; hitting the royal agents with beer bottles; and testing the legend of 'The Mouth of Truth;' don't miss this delightful movie with three legendary stars…

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