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Roman Holiday -- Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own.
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Writers (WGA):
Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) and
John Dighton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 September 1953 (USA) See more »
Audrey Hepburn at her Oscar-winning best in an immortal comedy-romance! See more »
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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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  (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)

Directed by
William Wyler 
Writing credits
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 
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)
Visual Effects by
Bridgid O'Donnell .... Senior Restoration Artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Enzo Barboni .... second camera operator (uncredited)
A. Di Giovanni .... still photographer (uncredited)
Giuseppe Fiori .... grip (uncredited)
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (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)
Crew verified as complete

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118 min | Portugal:117 min (cut version)
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Audrey Hepburn won the 1953 Best Actress Academy Award for Roman Holiday (1953). On March 25th, 1954, she accepted the award from the much revered Academy president Jean Hersholt. After accepting the award, Audrey kissed him smack on the mouth, instead of the cheek, in her excitement. Minutes after accepting her 1953 Oscar, Audrey realized that she'd misplaced it. Turning quickly on the steps of the Center Theater in New York, she raced back to the ladies' room, retrieved the award, and was ready to pose for photographs.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The photo Irving takes during the fight at the dance, of Ann smashing the secret service agent over the head with the guitar, is not the one taken at the moment indicated in the film and shown later as the photograph. Supposedly, when Ann first hits the agent, Irving has missed it and calls out for "Smitty" (Ann) to hit him again - and Ann obliges, striking the agent on the head a second time as Irving shoots the picture. But a look at the subsequent photo clearly shows that it was in fact taken at the moment of the first blow, not the second. In the action, when Ann hits the agent the second time, the guitar appears already broken, and the agent is turned almost 180 degrees away from Ann's face and is already sinking down from the first blow, his face barely visible. But the photo - supposedly the only one Irving got - clearly is of the first, not second, blow. There, in both the live action and the photo, the agent is facing to his left and has not sunk so far down, his face is mostly visible, and the guitar is not as damaged as in the second blow. That the photo was actually taken of the first blow is further indicated by a close viewing of the live action of Ann hitting the agent the first time. At the moment of impact the film has a brief jump-cut, indicating that a frame has been deleted from the film, and in addition the tail-end of a flash from a camera's flashbulb can be seen very briefly immediately after the cut frame. The missing film frame coincides exactly with the instant Ann hits the agent with the guitar, and is the identical shot that was used as Irving's "photograph", which he later presents to Ann in the packet of pictures he'd taken. But it's a photo of the supposedly un-photographed first blow with the guitar, not of the second blow, the only photo Irving was actually seen taking.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...
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71 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
catch the beautifully restored print of this, 13 October 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Audrey Hepburn's first big film role cast her as a Princess of country unknown, making a state visit to Rome. Bored of the endless run of openings, dedications and so on, she decides to see something of the city, and runs into American newsman Gregory Peck. He recognises her as the missing Princess and plans to scoop a major interview for his syndicate, with the help of pal Eddie Albert and his hidden camera.

Hepburn is an absolute joy, particularly when her hair is shorn down to the classic urchin cut and she takes a motorcycle ride. Peck, too, is served well by this kind of role, and the romance of the city of Rome helps their relationship to develop during their 24 hours of freedom. Roman Holiday is one of those rarities which are truly perfect and memorable, a real girly flick with beautiful photography and a sparkling script. Highly recommended, and especially so in the wonderful recent restoration.

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