Roman Holiday

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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.


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
John Cortay
as Correspondent
Ugo Ballerini
as Embassy Aide
George Higgins
as Correspondent
Ugo De Pascale
as Embassy Aide
Bruno Baschiera
as Embassy Aide
Edward Hitchcock
as Chief of Correspondents
Giacomo Penza
as Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Altomonto
Eric Oulton
as Sir Hugo Macy de Farmington
Rapindranath Mitter
as The Maharajah
Richard McNamara
as Correspondent
Princess Lilamani
as The Raikuuari
Mimmo Poli
as Worker
Cesare Viori
as Prince Istvan Barossy Nagyavaros
Carlo Rizzo
as Police man
Tania Weber
as Irving's Model
Andre Eszterhazy
as Embassy Staff
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  • Mar 11, 2017
    Audrey Hepburn burst onto the movie scene with this film, her first role. She plays an English Princess traveling in Rome who is bored with her official duties and the tight schedule she's on. One night after getting a tranquilizer to calm her from the stress of it all, she sneaks away into the streets of Rome. She's found by a newspaperman played by Gregory Peck, who takes her to his place to sleep it off. When he finds out who she really is, he realizes he's on top of a gold mine of a story, and enlists his photographer friend (Eddie Albert) to get candid shots of the two while they sightsee. Hepburn and Peck are such an attractive couple, and director William Wyler gets lots of beautiful shots of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and of course the classic scene they have at the Bocca della Verità. It all makes for a very romantic film. Hepburn played her part perfectly, expressing frustration and joy with such economy, as well as the restraint that comes from being a royal. Among several others, the scene with her getting her hair cut short is captivating, and it's no wonder that she won an Oscar for her performance. Peck's performance is also excellent, and Eddie Albert pulls off the part of a young rogue quite well despite being 47 at the time. I won't spoil the ending, except to say it's touching and poignant, and so perfectly shot in the Palazzo Colonna. At the end of the day this is 'just a romantic comedy', with its share of silliness, but it's so mature and magical, and with these stars in this setting, it stands head and shoulders above so many others.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2016
    Undeniably charming, although I'd argue Peck is miscast (he's just not scrappy enough for this role) but that hardly matters. That bittersweet ending is just wonderful.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2016
    "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 Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer

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