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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.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay), John Dighton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Joe Bradley
Audrey Hepburn ... Princess Ann
Eddie Albert ... Irving Radovich
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Mr. Hennessy
Harcourt Williams ... Ambassador
Margaret Rawlings ... Countess Vereberg
Tullio Carminati ... General Provno
Paolo Carlini Paolo Carlini ... Mario Delani
Claudio Ermelli ... Giovanni
Paola Borboni ... Charwoman
Alfredo Rizzo Alfredo Rizzo ... Taxicab Driver
Laura Solari ... Hennessy's Secretary
Gorella Gori Gorella Gori ... Shoe Seller
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Romance in romantic Rome! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

2 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La princesa que quería vivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Princess Ann, unrecognized by Joe, as well as doped and drowsy from Dr. Bonnachoven's sleeping drug, recites a poem, "If I were dead and buried when I heard your voice, beneath the sod my heart of dust would still rejoice." which prompts Joe to declare her "well read." The poem is actually an original work by Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted writer, Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo wrote the film's Oscar-winning screen play using his friend, Ian McLellan Hunter Ian McLellan Hunter, to front for him in the original credits. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Joe and Irving, they are playing five-card draw poker. There are eight men at the table playing, but it is not possible to play five-card draw poker with eight players. After the initial deal, there would only be twelve cards remaining for the draw, not enough for everyone to draw up to the three cards allowable in such a game. They could only play five-card stud. Interestingly, when Joe leaves the table, the dealer calls for seven-card stud, which is the only game playable with the seven remaining players. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

The opening credits have been digitally changed on the R1 DVD release in order to include a Story credit for Dalton Trumbo, who was not credited on the original release due to the Blacklist. See more »

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Referenced in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) See more »

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An utter gem
21 September 2002 | by trpdeanSee 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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