Roman Holiday

8.01 h 58 min1953X-Ray7+
Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess, rebelling against the royal obligations, who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love.
William Wyler
Gregory PeckAudrey HepburnEddie Albert
English [CC]
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Francis G. Lu, MD, DLFAPAReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Get both the 2-disc version and the 1-disc version for the "Remembering Roman Holiday" special feature
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I recommend getting both the 2-disc version for the slightly improved video of the film (plus 5 special features not on the 1-disc version; the Amazon product page is incorrect to say "none") and the 1-disc version for the 25.5-minute "Remembering Roman Holiday" special feature that is missing from the 2-disc version. This short packs in an enormous amount of information: archival footage, wonderful film clips and interview clips with Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Eddie Albert, Jr., Catherine Wyler (daughter of the director), A.C. Lyles (Paramount executive), and Molly Haskell (film critic). You will see the part of Audrey's screen test when she thought the camera was turned off, her Oscar acceptance speech, and her fond memories of Gregory Peck at a Lincoln Center tribute in 1992. We can only hope for a Blu-Ray version someday of this timeless classic!
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Thinker3Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Entertaining
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It's tough being a princess. You're forced to attend endless balls, meet hordes of people in the most superficial way, and stick to a rigid schedule. There's neither time nor opportunity for fun. No wonder Princess Ann, attracted by music and laughter, sneaks away from country's embassy in Rome. As it happens, though, her doctor has given her a sedative. Fortunately, an American is there to help her, though he has no idea who she is. When he finally figures it out, he concocts a scheme to profit from her misery. But something else intervenes. Which will triumph: love or duty? You might guess if you've seen Casablanca, but that doesn't spoil the fun. This is one of the most thoroughly entertaining movies I've seen in a long time. Audrey Hepburn is charming; Gregory Peck is dashing. There is no attempt at realism or profound ideas. The message is that it's better to be an ordinary American than a princess. This was from the golden age of American films; there is an innocence that you cannot find in contemporary films. Here, all that counted is that the audience enjoys watching. You most certainly will.
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rfachirReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shocking! - Young adults manage act both young and adult simultaneously!
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Sweet "modern" take of the "royalty's day off" story, where lovely young princess Audrey Hepburn has a teenage meltdown when on royal tour, and takes an unapproved break. Her adventure with sneaky reporter Gregory Peck (who tries to be tabloid bottom-feeder, but is far too gentlemanly to let her get into any trouble that would raise a 1950's eyebrow for a normal American teen) has had me dreaming of visiting Rome for decades. The sights are beautiful! I'm so glad the studio had its money tied up in Europe and was forced to film on location! The best part was that a princess was allowed to act like a young lady and still have fun - it is a very family friendly show.
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apoemReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A true classic. Great fun.
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This is a romp through Rome with a princess who has escaped her keepers and a reporter.

Audrey Hepburn is a pretty princess with lovely clothes. She shares her frustration at schedules, being waited on, routines, and so on. When the good dr gives her a shot of something that will make her happy and relaxed, she has enough energy to go out and tour Rome. Yet as the shot kicks in, she ends up asleep on a bench in Rome. That is when Gregory Peck comes along.

With visions of money in his head, he takes Princess Ann on a tour of Rome. They ride a scooter, smoosh into a car with a friend, go dancing, and more and more. And along with them comes a friend, someone who is actually a photographer. The plan is to let Princess Ann lead the way and 'slum' it on the streets of Rome, take lots of pictures, and sell the story for lots of money.

During the course of this adventure, Joe Bradley, the reporter and Princess Ann fall in love. Princess Ann is forced to choose her duties as a princess or a life with Joe Bradley. She decides that she must go back and be a princess as her country was worried about her.

This is such a bittersweet, darling, fun movie. The final interview is what pulls it all together in the end. My favorite part is the one that Gregory Peck Ad libbed. The laughter and shock in the moment really shines through.

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Klh23Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
They sure don't make movies like they used to....or people.
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Of all the old movies and all the great ones with Gregory Peck ... this is by far the most precious to me for more reasons than I can put into words. Corny sure it is. Romantic most definitely. But the definition of true love is epitomized in the selflessness of both characters, in the integrity that insists on a world where immediate gratification or self interest steps aside for a far more beautiful human trait, one which is seen so rarely, it's almost a foreign language. Falling in love aside for a moment, the affection and personal regard that these 2 people have for each other is stunning and more about love than falling into a rush of adrenalin and endorphins. The same destiny that refuses to serve the immediate needs of 2 people leaves their incredible sense of honor intact that would otherwise spoil the beauty of the most unselfish love I can only imagine now because I witnessed it here. Each time I've seen this movie thereafter, I refresh what I have yet to find said as brilliantly in another .... ever. At the very least these are wonderful scenes of Rome in an enchanting storyline that in my opinion will never be told as perfectly and simply. (Plus the world was introduced to Audrey Hepburn. Wow...)
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Mathew A. ShemberReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorites.
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This is one of my favorite films. My kid is becoming a film buff so I had to show her this.

Audrey Hepburn is the bored princess whose life is controlled as she does her princess duties day after day after day.
She decides to escape and see life as everybody else lives it. Eventually; Gregory Peck appears and gives her a place to sleep as she is too exhausted to talk and it's late. He realizes who she is and decides to make money with a story and pictures of day in life of the princess.

Eddie Albert plays the photographer and joins them on a romp through Rome. Scooter ride, crammed into a car, visiting people and places, a dance and a fight on a boat.

In this time Joe Bradley (Peck) and the princess fall in love though never spoken. As with all good things; it must end and the princess decides she has to return to her life as her country is upset when they learn she is missing. They drop her off and watch her walk away as she does not want to them to know who she really is.

The next day is a press conference. Peck and Albert are sent. The princess has a panic moment as she realizes the two are a reporter and a photographer.

The ending is bitter sweet. The princess now understands her position and starts taking command. She does the unorthodox approach of wanting to meet members of the press. She is relieved when she understands they won't say anything and Albert gives her a gift of the photos. She greets Joe and both want what they can't have. A relationship. So much said without words. She leaves and we are left with Joe simply staring. You can almost feel his pain of wanting a woman he will never have. He turns and walks away.

Stream wise? No issues with the film.
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Jed P.Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good enough for whole family
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Sometimes I hesitate to watch a black & white (B&W) film even though it shows five stars. This is a wonderful movie even if it's B&W and was made in 1953! No cuss words, no sexual material. Why don't they make more films like this? Good enough for the whole family.

The only thing that might be objectionable are all the cigarette smoking, but we all know that this was the norm around the globe during those times, resulting from the tobacco industry's drug (there's a great Russel Crowe and Al Pacino movie about tobacco called The Insider - based on true story).
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KittyReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Roman Holiday
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I love this movie very much! I hadn't seen a whole movie much but I missed some parts in it in the past. Now, I finally watched a full movie this afternoon. I am a fan of Audrey Hepburn. I do remember I heard about her little bit when she alive. I'll never forget about Audrey Hepburn. I saw her last movie, "Always", when I was a young woman. She starred in that movie with Richard Dreyfuss and Helen Hunter. It was a very good.

About the movie, "Roman Holiday", Rome was already recovered from WWII and tourism was coming back to a normal. I noticed some tourists and Rome residents stared at movie stars, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, as if they are a starstruck on some streets. Rome is a beautiful city. I can tell that the film was taken there during a summertime.
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