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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations.
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Joe Bradley
Princess Ann
Irving Radovich
Hartley Power ...
Mr. Hennessy
Countess Vereberg
General Provno
Paolo Carlini ...
Mario Delani
Alfredo Rizzo ...
Taxicab Driver
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)
Young Boy with Car (uncredited)
Silvio Bagolini ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nadia Balabine ...
Woman of Importance Watching the Military Parade (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)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Cortay ...
Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
Julián Cortés Cavanillas ...
Julian Cortes Cavanillas of 'ABC Madrid' (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)
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)
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)
Cirillo 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)
Rio 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)
Worker Hugging the Three Out Side Police Station (uncredited)
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)
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

Written by

Dalton Trumbo ... (screenplay by)
Ian McLellan Hunter ... (screenplay by)
John Dighton ... (screenplay by)
Dalton Trumbo ... (story by)
Ian McLellan Hunter ... (story by)

Produced by

Lester Koenig ... associate producer (uncredited)
Robert Wyler ... associate producer
William Wyler ... producer (produced by)

Music by

Georges Auric ... (music score by)

Cinematography by

Henri Alekan ... director of photography
Franz Planer ... director of photography (as Frank F. Planer)

Editing by

Robert Swink

Editorial Department

Robert Belcher ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Hal Pereira
Walter H. Tyler ... (as Walter Tyler)
Luciano Sacripanti ... (uncredited)

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

Elso Valentini ... props
Scipio Lombardi ... props (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... set designer (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)
Francesco Brescini ... gaffer (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)

Music Department

Leo Shuken ... orchestrator: title music (uncredited)
Victor Young ... composer: title music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Suso Cecchi D'Amico ... script doctor (uncredited)
Ennio Flaiano ... script doctor (uncredited)
Hazel Swift ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 regimented life where she has no freedom and must always do and say the politically correct things, not what is truly on her mind or in her heart. In wanting just a little freedom, she seized upon a chance opportunity to escape from the royal palace where she was staying, albeit with no money in her pockets. Joe believes he can get an exclusive interview with her without she even knowing that he's a reporter or that he's interviewing her. As Joe accompanies "Anya Smith" - her name as she tells him in trying to hide her true identity - around Rome on her incognito day of freedom somewhat unaware that the secret service is searching for her, along for the ride is Joe's photographer friend, Irving Radovich, who Joe has tasked with clandestinely taking photographs of her, those photos to accompany the story. As the day progresses, Joe and Ann slowly start to fall for each other. Their feelings for each other affect what both decide to do, Ann with regard to her royal duties, Joe with regard to the story, and both with regard to if there is a future for them together. Written by Huggo

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Taglines IT'S SHEER JOY. The picture that lifts your happiness high. The adventure that starts in a lovely lady's boudoir and ends in a riot of 1954 style fun right in the romantic heart of Rome itself. A story of today - as modern as tomorrow. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Vacanze romane (Italy)
  • Vacances romaines (France)
  • Ein Herz und eine Krone (Germany)
  • Vacances a Roma (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Vacaciones en Roma (Spain)
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  • 118 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia When Gregory Peck came to Italy to shoot the movie, he was privately depressed about his recent separation and imminent divorce from his first wife, Greta Kukkonen. However, during the shoot he met and fell in love with a French-born woman named Veronique Passani, of Italian and Russian parents. Following his divorce, he married her, she became Veronique Peck, and they remained together for the rest of his life. See more »
Goofs After Joe throws his drink on Irving, a visible wet mark appears on Irving's shirt. In the next shot, the wetness appears to have disappeared (this occurs twice during the scene). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965). See more »
Quotes Reporter: And what, in the opinion of Your Highness, is the outlook for friendship among nations?
Princess Ann: I have every faith in it... as I have faith in relations between people.
Joe Bradley: May I say, speaking for my own... press service: we believe Your Highness's faith will not be unjustified.
Princess Ann: I am so glad to hear you say it.
Another reporter: Which of the cities visited did Your Highness enjoy the most?
General Provno: [prompting] Each, in its own way...
Princess Ann: Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to - Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.
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