Roman Holiday (1953)


Critic Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.


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Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures are delighted to bring the 1953 American romantic-comedy classic, Roman Holiday, back to the big screen in cinemas nationwide for a special two-night event on Sunday, November 29 and Tuesday, December 1. Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn and directed by William Wyler, Roman Holiday won three Academy Awards (R) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design and Best Writing. In this timeless classic, Hepburn is at her transcendent best as a sheltered princess who falls for an American newsman in Rome. This film is rated MPAA PG 13. Bonus content not rated. (C) 2015 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

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Audrey Hepburn
as Princess Anne
Gregory Peck
as Joe Bradley
Eddie Albert
as Irving Radovich
Tullio Carminati
as Gen. Provno
Hartley Power
as Mr. Hennessy
Laura Solari
as Hennessy's Secretary
Tullio Carminatti
as Gen. Provno
Margaret Rawlings
as Countess Vereberg
Paolo Carlini
as Mario Delani
Paola Borboni
as Charwoman
Heinz Hindrich
as Dr. Bonnachoven
Gorella Gori
as Shoe Seller
Alfredo Rizzo
as Taxi Driver
Princess Alma Cattaneo
as Lady-in-Waiting
John Horne
as Master of Ceremonies
Andre Esterhazy
as Embassy Aide
Ugo Ballerini
as Embassy Aide
John Cortay
as Correspondent
Ugo De Pascale
as Embassy Aide
George Higgins
as Correspondent
Bruno Baschiera
as Embassy Aide
Giacomo Penza
as Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Altomonto
Edward Hitchcock
as Chief of Correspondents
Eric Oulton
as Sir Hugo Macy de Farmington
Rapindranath Mitter
as The Maharajah
Richard McNamara
as Correspondent
Princess Lilamani
as The Raikuuari
Cesare Viori
as Prince Istvan Barossy Nagyavaros
Mimmo Poli
as Worker
Tania Weber
as Irving's Model
Andre Eszterhazy
as Embassy Staff
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Critic Reviews for Roman Holiday

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (8)

A lovely film.

Jul 18, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The newcomer named Audrey Hepburn gives the popular old romantic nonsense a reality it has seldom had before.

Feb 2, 2009 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

For lovers of romantic comedies through the ages, Roman Holiday remains a favorite.

Apr 1, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[Wyler] times the chuckles with a never-flagging pace, puts heart into the laughs, endows the footage with some boff bits of business and points up some tender, poignant scenes in using the smart script and the cast to the utmost advantage.

Aug 13, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together -- it's charm by computer.

Aug 13, 2007 | Full Review…

The movie remains a great tonic.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Roman Holiday


A sweet and charming romantic comedy with Audrey Hepburn in her first major role (which earned her the only Oscar of her career), and it finds the perfect balance between funny and captivating, with the lovely city of Rome as eye-candy setting - where it was shot in its entirety.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Roman Holiday" is remarkable just because Audrey Hepburn isn't gratingly over-the-top as she is in most movies. "Roman Holiday" is well-scripted and well-acted with gorgeous visuals shot on location in Italy. It's a charming film with wit fresh enough for a modern audience.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

No question that it's a classic, as Audrey Hepburn's debut and a fine example of the Do The Right Thing roles that Gregory Peck excelled in: family friendly with a few laughs and revolving around a one-day blossoming of an impossible love. Hepburn overacts a bit, and I could take or leave the supporting cast, but it's a charming relic that's worth seeing once, and features a Rome very different than the iconic city we saw in Italian post-war films.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

A light-hearted and innocent rom-com that set the bar for movies to come. With such an age, "Roman Holiday" should, by every right, be considered a conventional and cliche movie, but it surpasses due to its palpable and saturated chemistry and genuinely hilarious moments. You've got strong writing here, you got incredible performances, and you got ingeniously creative moments. How come the rom-coms that come out in 2012 is worse than a 1953 flick? I guess Hollywood never learns to adapt.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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