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Roman Holiday

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1953
  • William Wyler
  • 113 mins
  • U

Summary

Romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Joe Bradley, a journalist at an American news bureau in Rome, discovers a pretty girl apparently in a drunken stupor and reluctantly takes her home. Next morning, he is amazed to discover that his guest is a princess on a state visit.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Princess AnneAudrey Hepburn
Joe BradleyGregory Peck
Irving RadovichEddie Albert
Mr HennessyHartley Power
Countess VerebergMargaret Rawlings
AmbassadorHarcourt Williams
Mr Hennessy's secretaryLaura Solari
General ProvnoTullio Carminati
Mario DelaniPaolo Carlini
GiovanniClaudio Ermelli

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Wyler

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2013-07-19
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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