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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) and
John Dighton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 September 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Audrey Hepburn at her Oscar-winning best in an immortal comedy-romance! See more »
Plot:
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Joe Bradley

Audrey Hepburn ... Princess Ann

Eddie Albert ... Irving Radovich
Hartley Power ... Mr. Hennessy

Harcourt Williams ... Ambassador
Margaret Rawlings ... Countess Vereberg
Tullio Carminati ... General Provno
Paolo Carlini ... Mario Delani
Claudio Ermelli ... Giovanni
Paola Borboni ... Charwoman
Alfredo Rizzo ... Taxicab Driver
Laura Solari ... Hennessy's Secretary
Gorella Gori ... Shoe Seller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armando Ambrogi ... Man on Phone (uncredited)
Armando Annuale ... Admiral Dancing with Princess (uncredited)
Maurizio Arena ... Young Boy with Car (uncredited)
Silvio Bagolini ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ugo Ballerini ... Embassy Aide (uncredited)
Bruno Baschiera ... Embassy Aide (uncredited)
Gildo Bocci ... Flower Seller (uncredited)
Alfred Browne ... Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Princess Alma Cattaneo ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
J. Cortes Cavanillas ... Julian Cortes Cavanillas of 'ABC Madrid' (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Cortay ... Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Vittoria Crispo ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ferdinando De Aldisio ... Ferdinando De Aldisio of 'Agence Press' (uncredited)
Ugo De Pascale ... Embassy Aide (uncredited)
Jan Dijksgraaf ... Speaking Correspondent (uncredited)
Andrea Esterhazy ... Embassy Aide (uncredited)
Gherda Fehrer ... Senhora Joaquin de Capoes (uncredited)
Jacques Ferrier ... Lacques Ferrier of 'Ici Paris' (uncredited)
Helen Fondra ... Countess Von Marstrand (uncredited)
Giovanni Fostini ... Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Sytske Galema ... Sytske Galema of 'De Limie' (uncredited)
Paul Gary ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Teresa Gauthier ... Ihre Hoheit die Furstin von und zu Luchtenstichenholz (uncredited)
Sidney Gordon ... Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Otto Gross ... Otto Gross of 'Davar' (uncredited)
George Higgins ... Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Heinz Hindrich ... Dr. Bonnachoven (uncredited)
Edward Hitchcock ... Head of Foreign Correspondents (uncredited)
John Horne ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Stephen House ... Stephen House of 'The London Exchange Telegraph' (uncredited)
Adam Jennette ... Speaking Correspondent (uncredited)
G. Kabulska ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kurt Klinger ... Kurt Klinger of 'Deutsch Press Agentur' (uncredited)
Nicola Konopleff ... Ihre Hoheit der Furst von und zu Luchtenstichenholz (uncredited)
Friedrich Lampe ... Friedrich Lampe of 'New York Herald-Tribune' (uncredited)
Diane Lante ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Princess Lilamani ... The Raikuuari of Khanipur (uncredited)
Luigi Locchi ... Count Von Marstrand (uncredited)
Mario Lucinni ... Senhor Joaquin de Capoes (uncredited)
Luis Marino ... Hassan El Din Pasha (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Rabindranath Mitter ... H.R.H. The Maharajah (uncredited)
Luigi Moneta ... Old Man Dancing with Princess (uncredited)
Maurice Montabre ... Maurice Montabre of 'Le Figaro' (uncredited)
Julio Moriones ... Julio Moriones of 'La Vanguardia' (uncredited)
Richard Neuhaus ... Embassy Guard (uncredited)
Desiderio Nobile ... Embassy Officer at Press Conference (uncredited)
Giustino Olivieri ... Waiter at Cafe (uncredited)
Eric Oulton ... Sir Hugo Macy de Farmington (uncredited)
Piero Pastore ... Faceless Man on the Barge (uncredited)
Giacomo Penza ... The Papal Nuncio Monsignor Altomonte (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ... Worker Hugging the Three Out Side Police Station (uncredited)
Giuliano Raffaelli ... Faceless Man on the Barge (uncredited)
Dominique Rika ... Girl at Cafe Waving at Irving (uncredited)
Carlo Rizzo ... Police Official (uncredited)
Piero Scanziani ... Piero Scanziani of 'La Suisse' (uncredited)
Gianna Segale ... Girl at Cafe Waving at Irving (uncredited)
Octave Senoret ... Faceless Man on the Barge (uncredited)
Sir Hari Singh ... Hari Singh (uncredited)
Alcide Tico ... Sculptor (uncredited)
Amedeo Trilli ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Helen Tubbs ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marco Tulli ... Pallid Young Man Dancing with Princess (uncredited)
Joop van Hulzen ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Patricia Varner ... Teacher at Fontana di Trevi (uncredited)
Dianora Veiga ... Girl at Cafe Waving at Irving (uncredited)
Cesare Viori ... Prince Istvan Barossy Nagyavaros (uncredited)
Tania Weber ... Francesca - Irving's Model (uncredited)
Hank Werbe ... Speaking Correspondent (uncredited)
Catherine Wyler ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Judy Wyler ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) and
John Dighton (screenplay)

Dalton Trumbo  screenplay (originally uncredited)
Dalton Trumbo  story (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Wyler .... associate producer
William Wyler .... producer
Lester Koenig .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric (music score by)
 
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan (director of photography)
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Frank F. Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Anna Cristofani .... hair dresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Maurizio Lodi-Fè .... unit manager (uncredited)
Charles Woolstenhulme .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director
Bernard Vorhaus .... assistant director (as Piero Mussetta)
 
Art Department
Scipio Lombardi .... props (uncredited)
Luciano Sacripante .... props (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Elso Valentini .... props (uncredited)
Vittorio Valentini .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound recording by (as Joseph De Bretagne)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enzo Barboni .... second camera operator (uncredited)
A. Di Giovanni .... still photographer (uncredited)
Giuseppe Fiori .... grip (uncredited)
Athos Mambro .... grip (uncredited)
Peter Poor .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Dario Taddei .... best boy (uncredited)
Fernando Tinelli .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Enzo Zocchi .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Franco Salvi .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Belcher .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator: title music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: title music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hazel Swift .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min | Portugal:117 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G | Chile:TE | Finland:S | France:Unrated | Italy:T | Japan:G (2010) | Netherlands:Unrated | New Zealand:G | Singapore:Unrated | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16114) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:6 (f) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first American film to be made in its entirety in Italy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: It is a known fact that when riding a scooter or bike, one leans to the inside of the curve of the road, and not the opposite as it appears in the scene of the couple in the scooter shots, especially on the photos selling around the Rome tourist shops. It is then clearly obvious they're riding at the back of some 4 wheeled vehicle.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in L.A. Confidential (1997)See more »

FAQ

How did Ann come to be called "Smitty"?
Is this movie based on a book?
What did Ann mean when she called Joe a "ringer"?
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Audrey Sparkles Through, 20 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When Roman Holiday was in the planning stages William Wyler envisioned either Elizabeth Taylor or Jean Simmons in the role of the princess. When neither proved available, he and Paramount studios decided to do a Scarlett O'Hara type search for an unknown for the part. The film then would only have Gregory Peck as the star to draw the people in.

But when Peck saw the screen test and also realized the film would rise and fall on the performance of the princess part, he insisted on top billing for Audrey Hepburn. Audrey had only done a few small bit parts in some English films up till then, however Peck insisted on the billing of her right after him with 'introducing Audrey Hepburn' as her title credit.

In the same way that William Holden credited Barbara Stanwyck with helping him get through Golden Boy, Audrey Hepburn credited Gregory Peck with her performance in Roman Holiday. As well as William Wyler who still has a record of more people getting to the Oscar sweepstakes for his films than any other director.

Roman Holiday is simple and delightful film about a young princess of some unnamed European country who gets tired of her programmed routine and wants a break from it. In Rome while on a European tour, princess Audrey fakes an illness and runs off for a day of fun.

An American wire service reporter Gregory Peck finds her and realizes he's got an exclusive. So he chaperones her around without letting her know she's on to him. He even gets photographer Eddie Albert to help him out.

Eddie Albert got the first of two nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Roman Holiday, the second one being The Goodbye Girl. He lost to Frank Sinatra for From Here to Eternity. Though Albert is funny in this film, for dramatic work I never understood why he was not nominated for Attack or for Captain Newman, MD.

If you're thinking that the film is starting to bear a resemblance to a continental It Happened One Night you would be right. And if that's your thinking it will come as no surprise to learn that Frank Capra originally had the idea to film this. The property reverted to Paramount as part of his settlement to leave that studio after doing two Bing Crosby films.

I wish Paramount had done Roman Holiday in color though. Darryl F. Zanuck over at 20th Century did Three Coins in the Fountain in gorgeous color and later on MGM did The Seven Hills of Rome also in color. Still the Roman locations really add a lot to Audrey's adventure.

When Oscar time Audrey Hepburn in her first starring role and really first role of any consequence won an Oscar for Best Actress. Until the day she died Audrey Hepburn had charm enough for ten, you can't help but love her in anything she ever did. Even if the film she did was not that great, Audrey sparkles through.

Even in black and white, the Eternal City with Audrey and Greg make anyone young at heart.

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