Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
I went to Rome as a student in 1962 and stayed for two and a half years. I've gone back many times, first on military assignments in the '70's and the '80's; eight more years. I always feel at home there. This is Rome of 1953, towards the end of the immediate post-war era. The economic surge did not hit in Italy until a few years later. Much of Rome that I knew as a student was very similar to that depicted here: simple and unexploited by the surge of prosperity and tourism that began in the early to mid-'60's. The story is absolutely credible and noble in many ways. Of course, Anya herself is from nobility. But we soon learn that Joe, too, is fundamentally a man of honor, respect, and of true human nobility. The final scene in the movie, a press conference where Anya and Joe face each other in their real life roles as princess and news reporter, is so moving; acted in such a stellar manner that one can feel the heartache the two characters are experiencing. No wonder Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for this role. I'll never tire watching this film.
They do not make these movies anymore. This is a timeless masterpiece that you can see over and over again, and laugh and enjoy at each time; and suffer too - the very last shot of the movie, with Gregory Peck walking towards the exit of the embassy and after the press conference, is one of the most romantic and saddest moments in cinema, at par with Casablanca. You can almost hear Gregory Peck thinking "we will always have Rome". Everything in this movie is pitch perfect: the direction of Wyler, the flawless trio of characters talking and moving around the streets of Rome with utter grace, the Italians picture as joyful people but never falling for the easy caricature and last but not least, holding the whole thing, the exemplar fairy tale devised by Dalton Trumbo. Buy this movie and watch it every now and then. They do not make them anymore.
The film is great, this is not a secret. But this "Blu-ray" is only a very bad copy of the DVD with the quality of a VHS when i looked at it. Paramount logo was cut off at the beginning and at the end. Absolutely no bonus material or whatever. So, all in all, no good...
MY THOUGHTS: Roman Holiday is an absolutely incredible film, absolutely enchanting and spellbinding with an interesting and vaguely plausible storyline. This was Hepburn's first proper leading role and her innocence and purity shine through in her portrayal of a distraught Princess. Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert are wonderful co-stars in this very funny and touching comedy. It brings up an interesting point as many of us often say "oh how the other half live", and here we find a Princess trying to capture the essence of how the other half (the ordinary people she envies) live. A touching love story that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
THE PLOT: A beautiful and enchanting Princess known as Ann takes a nervous breakdown while on royal business in Rome. After being sedated and treated for nerves, she manages to escape the palace walls and get onto the streets where she struggles to stay conscious long enough to find herself somewhere to stay for the night. A down on his luck American journalist, Joe Bradley, somehow unwillingly ends up taking Ann home with him after he can't find a way to unload her.
The next morning, Joe discovers through the news that Princess Ann is missing, and realises at once who the woman he has taken in for the night actually is. Knowing this could be the story he is waiting for that could make his career, he strives to keep Ann entertained in Rome all the while pretending to be unaware of her true identity as she tries to blend in with normal society.
I haven't seen this film since I was a child when I was absorbed watching black & white films during school holidays. Watching it again now, 30 years later and it has totally taken my heart. So simple, yet so much feeling and genuiness from both the lead characters. Audrey Hepburn stands on her own here as the regal princess, observed by an amused Gregory Peck in the form of a dashingly handsome, admittedly penniless, reporter. I surely missed all the subtle, hilarious innuendos back then. Now, it tickles. Great movie to watch over and over again !
A black and white film, no swear words and what violence there is good hearted. A back drop of early fifties Rome. Gregory Peck, in my humble opinion one of Hollywood's finest. Audrey Hepburn excellent. I'm not really into romantic comedy but this one is most watchable.
I can't count the number of times I have seen this film since I was a young girl, but each time it is as fresh as the first. Audrey is simply stunning and Gregory Peck not only looks gorgeous but acts the part so well. The views of Rome, which I have fallen in love with in recent years, looks fabulous and the whole film is a joy. Even though I know the ending off by heart, I still cry at the princess's press conference when she meets again the men who "almost" betrayed her. Like thousands before me, I have had my photograph taken with my hand in The Mouth of Truth, reminding me of one of the loveliest scenes with Hepburn and Peck. One of the best films I have ever seen!
I vaguely remembered watching "Roman Holiday" many, many years ago, but other than a few iconic images could not really remember the detail of the film. Having just watched it again, I am reminded of just what a good film this is and am pleasantly surprised at how it has stood the passage of time - many films of that era feel very old fashioned when watched again now. True, Gregory Peck can be a bit wooden, but Audrey Hepburn (who won an Oscar for her role) is fantastic in this film, the film being a simple romantic comedy set in Rome. I won't spoil the ending by describing it, other than to say it fitted the storyline perfectly for me, but wasn't at all what the person I watched with was expecting.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2015
I loved this film because, like "It Happened One Night" and "Notting Hill" there is a mismatched couple who come to respect and like each other, and in each case the resolution seems fitting to the film. Both of the stars are great in this romantic comedy which is a little bittersweet too. Romantic and nostalgic escapism. Came quickly and well packaged.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood quality and story and lovely scenery - I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2013
I first watched this film many years ago as a child and thought that when I grew up I would love to go to Rome and Venice. Well I have been now and loved every minute of it. I wanted to see the film again to refresh my memory and I must say I really did enjoy it, one thing I will say it is a woman's film really but saying that my husband stayed awake and watched it the whole time -which must tell you something! It is a film that will be watched again and again, they don't make them like that these days! The quality was superb - buy it!
5.0 out of 5 starsAudrey Hepburn's Oscar winning performance.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2015
I loved this film. The film was nominated for ten academy awards and was Audrey Hepburn's first starring role, for which she won an Oscar. An absolutely charming film. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck complimented each other so well. She looked stunning and he was suave and sophisticated. Brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2014
Audrey!!! I bought this film having visited Rome to see the locations I had visited. Then I discovered for the first time in 2009, Audrey Hepburn! I had always confused the name with Katherine Hepburn. It was love at first sight for me, like the rest of the world! Oh and it's a brilliant film also.