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Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

William Wyler (1953)

113min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This sublime film rightly secured a best actress Oscar for Audrey Hepburn (in a role originally intended for Jean Simmons) and resulted in both Hepburn and Rome (not to mention motor scooters!) becoming the epitome of postwar chic. It's a charming love story about a princess who falls for a reporter (Gregory Peck) during an official visit to the Eternal City. The script was written by the uncredited, blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (a fact not revealed for almost 40 years after the film was made) and deals in some depth with issues of personal freedom close to his heart, though the setting and characters do distance the tale far from the communist witch-hunts in America. Immaculately directed by William Wyler, and written and played with style and grace, this is a film to treasure, both for its endearing action and marvellous performances.

Summary

A princess tires of a tour of European capitals and runs away from her entourage while in Rome. An American newspaper reporter takes her under his wing in the hope of getting an exclusive, but as he shows her the sights of the city, he starts to fall in love with her. Romantic comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert and Harcourt Williams.

Cast & Crew

Princess Anne Audrey Hepburn
Joe Bradley Gregory Peck
Irving Radovich Eddie Albert
Mr Hennessy Hartley Power
Countess Vereberg Margaret Rawlings
Ambassador Harcourt Williams
Mr Hennessy's secretary Laura Solari
General Provno Tullio Carminati
Mario Delani Paolo Carlini
Giovanni Claudio Ermelli
Director William Wyler
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Park Circus Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 19 Jul 2013

Comedy Drama

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