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Roman Holiday (1953)

Gregory Peck , Audrey Hepburn , William Wyler  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Writers: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton
  • Producers: William Wyler, Lester Koenig, Robert Wyler
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Restored, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IK30QE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roman Holiday" on IMDb

Special Features

"Remembering Roman Holiday" Documentary
"Restoring Roman Holiday" Featurette
"Edith Head - The Paramount Years" Featurette
Photo Galleries
Original Teaser Trailer
Original Theatrical Trailer
Re-release Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Audrey Hepburn's Oscar winning performance in her first starring role.Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and 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. Eddie Albert contributes to the fun as Peck's carefree cameraman pal. Stylishly directed by William Wyler, this romantic comedy ranks as one of the most enjoyable films of all times.

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168 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most romantic movie ever made May 16, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This was Audrey Hepburn's debut in a starring role. She was 24-years-old and had appeared in two or three other movies but just in bit parts. Here she plays a reigning European princess visiting Rome who would like an escape from her daily regime of official duties, thus the title and theme of the movie, a Roman holiday.
Gregory Peck plays an American newspaper reporter living in the Eternal City. We first see him playing poker with his cronies, and losing. His relative "poverty" and Princess Ann's fabulous wealth and station present a formidable barrier to their ever finding true love and marital happiness. Part of the fun of the script is in seeing how this will play out and how their differences are resolved in the end. I will give you a small hint: very carefully!
The script comes from a story by Dalton Trumbo who is perhaps best known as the author of the anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun. Trumbo was one of the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted from working in the industry during the excesses of the McCarthy era. He went to Mexico and continued working on film scripts but under assumed names or had his scripts presented by "fronts." In this case Ian McLellan Hunter fronted for Trumbo and won an Academy Award for the story. Later the Academy awarded Trumbo a posthumous Oscar for his work.
Long time Hollywood studio director William Wyler directed the film entirely on location in Rome. He has a formidable list of credits going well back into the silent film era including such outstanding films as Wuthering Heights (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), etc. His clear directorial style and his attention to detail work well here. The sets in Rome are charming, especially Peck's bachelor apartment.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's always open season on princesses May 22, 2004
Format:DVD
ROMAN HOLIDAY should appeal to everyone who loves a good romance, and this one is a great one. The rest us of will be well content with the splendor of Rome and the chance to see the remarkable Audrey Hepburn in her debut movie. In other words, ROMAN HOLIDAY has something for every palate.
The plot? Princess Ann (we're never quite sure which country she's princess of) is enduring a grueling tour of European nations. Weary to death of the royal treatment, one night Ann escapes into the Roman night. Unfortunately for her she had a while earlier been given an injection to help her sleep. The drug takes effect while she's out and about, and reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) discovers her asleep on a street bench. Believing she's inebriated, and being a gentleman, he tries to deliver her safely to her home. That plan fails and, being a gentleman, Bradley arranges for the young stranger (he doesn't learn she's the missing princess until the next scene) to sleep on the sofa in his small, one-room apartment.
Cary Grant was originally offered the part of Joe Bradley and he turned it down. One of the dvd's specials tells us he refused the role because he didn't want to play second fiddle to an ingenue. Maybe so. It's tempting to decide, on the basis of this scene, that Peck was woefully miscast. Ann, nearly asleep on her feet, asks Bradley "Will you help me undress?" A natural enough request coming from royalty, I guess. Bradley fumbles around with her neck scarf, unties it, hands it to her and says "You can handle the rest."
Peck plays the scene for a smile. Grant would have made it one of the highlights of the movie.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful November 5, 2003
Format:DVD
What a wonderful movie! What a great romantic fantasy!
It is one of my all-time favorites, one of the films I could watch several times, without getting bored.
I don't think that the plot is important here, but the way the actors performed and the place where the story is set.
In Rome, a European princess manages to escape the rigid and boring life and have and unforgettable experience, living for one day as a normal person. She does all the things that she was not allowed to do before, such as cutting her hair, eating ice-cream, strolling down the streets and why not, falling in love with an ordinary man.
This is the role that brought Audrey Hepburn an Oscar and made her a well-known star.
It is the natural and ingenuous performance that makes her such a charming and unforgettable character, a graceful presence on the screen.
Her companion is Gregory Peck who has also a great performance and makes the film even more delightful. He plays the part of a young and charming journalist, looking for news that might increase sales of his newspaper and bring some money in his pocket.
The DVD includes also a section with a kind of "making of": interviews of the people who participated at the shooting, memories, etc. This is even more interesting, as you will have the chance to listen to the people who were involved in this project, and the stories behind the scene. You will also see that time did not alter too many of Audrey Hepburn's features and even at an older age she still looks refined and elegant.
I have one complain about this movie: 118 minutes seemed to be not enough for such a romantic story. I believe that everyone of us would like to dream about what is like to be lost in the "eternal city" for one day and enjoy the simple things of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic, a must have for any movie lover!
Published 12 hours ago by K. Printz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the greatest movies of all time the ending is definitely the best ending ever
Published 3 days ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A just Watchmen bécote going to Rome
Published 3 days ago by A. Picquot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Roman Holiday --- Romantic Holiday!!
I watched it 3 times within a week.
Published 4 days ago by Jack in New Jersey
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a holiday!
A stressed out and lonely princess escapes her royal duties to explore the freedom of the common folk. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Arthur Shoates
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
this is a very favorite of mine. two great stars of the past, some wonderful views of Italy. I recommend it to everyone.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars harmless fun
We decided to watch this because we will be in Rome in a few months. It didn't work as a travelogue but there were interesting glimpses. Read more
Published 25 days ago by William Tell
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome when Rome was Rome
I love this movie. Everything about this is fantastic. The scenery, the actors, the story, the memories...Highly recommend this movie for any collection. Must have.
Published 1 month ago by Luis D. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong
Excellent story, excellent actors. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are fabulous. A young Eddie Albert also appears (Green Acres star). Read more
Published 1 month ago by swordfish
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good movie
I want my daughter to watch this wonderful movie. I have been looking for this movie for renting, but I haven't found it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wm001
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