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Roman Holiday (1953)

Passed | | 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 ...
Paolo Carlini ...
Claudio Ermelli ...
Paola Borboni ...
Alfredo Rizzo ...
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Hennessy's Secretary
Gorella Gori ...
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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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Romance in romantic Rome! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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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?


It was just chance timing that the film appeared at the moment when Princess Margaret was having to decide between love and duty. Apparently the script had been kicking around Hollywood for about ten years, with nobody backing it. See more »


In the café scene, Ann's seating position changes from being on the left side of Joe Bradley to beside him and then back to the left of him again. 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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An utter gem
21 September 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

A plot as slender as Audrey Hepburn but oh what magic! If you've never seen this jewel, you're to have one of the best evenings of your week, your month.

Perhaps the key to this movie's success is restraint - in the dialogue, in the music, in the cynicism of Peck and cronies at the movie's beginning. No one gushes - all is understated - but how one feels its power.

I hope everyone has experienced a day such as they - with someone they come to care for - as much as they. It's my wish for the world.

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