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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 »
User Reviews:
A Very Nice Blend of Fantasy & Reality See more (215 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

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118 min | Portugal:117 min (cut version)
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G | Finland:S | France:Unrated | Italy:T | Japan:G (2010) | Netherlands:Unrated | New Zealand:G | Singapore:Unrated | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (re-release) (2013) (uncut) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16114) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:6 (f) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

The story was originally optioned by Frank Capra in 1949, who had hoped to cast Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor in what would essentially amount to being a variation on his Oscar-winning classic, It Happened One Night (1934). However, Capra's Liberty Films production company was beset with financial problems and he was forced to sell the property to Paramount, where a combination of political timidity (Capra discovered the involvement of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo) and a tight budget prompted him to withdraw from the project. William Wyler, however, had no compunctions whatsoever about working with Trumbo.See more »
Continuity: As Ann surreptitiously speeds away from the embassy, stowed away in the back of a delivery truck, the crates that she hides behind change.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)See more »


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36 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Very Nice Blend of Fantasy & Reality, 5 November 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With a very nice blend of fantasy and reality, and two very likable stars, "Roman Holiday" is both entertaining and thoughtful. Sometimes it is very funny, and at other times it makes you feel a great sympathy and warmth towards the characters. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are ideal in the leading roles, and the story is very clever in getting a lot of mileage out of a simple idea without pushing things too far, which makes it quite effective.

The idea of Princess Ann (Audrey) slipping away unnoticed and unrecognized for a day of fun and freedom from responsibility is of course fanciful, but it works for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is Peck's role as a pragmatic newsman. He is a good balance for Hepburn's charm and energy, remaining calm and logical without ever becoming cold or distant. You feel as if you could spend a lot more than a couple of hours in their company. And how could you improve on Eddie Albert's performance as Peck's photographer friend? The movie also adds in the atmosphere of Rome itself, with some creative scenes that make good use of the setting.

There are many fine moments in a story that at times seems almost like a daydream, and then it brings the characters back to reality in a moving way. It's not an easy combination to pull off, but here it all fits together very well, to make the kind of classic worth remembering, and one which you can watch and enjoy more than once.

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