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When I first saw this picture, I was six years old, and I saw it as a Cinderella-in-reverse tale. A beautiful princess had no prince and wanted to go outside and play. So she did and found, instead of a prince, a handsome American man who wanted to spend the day with her. They had so much fun together that I thought they would get married and live happily ever after. I was sadly disappointed. Many years later, after I'd seen Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in many other films, I saw ROMAN HOLIDAY again and was especially moved by the ending because it shows with quiet delicacy that the princess and the American care very much for each other. This picture is a joy to watch again and again, not only because it's a romantic adventure story, but also because Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck can make you believe they really, really care.
Roman Holiday photography
- peter margolin
Having read all the laudatory reviews posted here, I am surprised no one had anything to say about the photography. Besides the great performances and great direction, the cinematography was vital to the success of this movie. Rome and the Romans never looked better! This is one of the few Black and White visual treats I remember.
Insights into Royal Holidays
- Will Fox
Audrey Hepburn, as Princes Ann, wins our hearts in her American debut and only Academy Award win for "Roman Holiday" (1953). For those of us with royal ancestory, we feel a special kinship with Audrey for her kind, generous, good humoured, and exemplary depiction of the necessary self-discipline that is expected by family members in public. Worse, at the nadir of the personality spectrum are the overly officious, odious others, that are forever motivated, to justify their jobs by bullying us, into appropriate-behavior protocols. We humour elite bureaucrats in hopes that they will allow us some personal space and a little more air to breathe. Hence, the phrase, "A breathe of fresh air," being one of the most coveted, rare moments in VIP life. Sadly, they are rare, because of the obnoxious, overseeing officials. For you to empathize, try visualizing yourself in a metaphorical fishbowl with the world forever staring in at you, while you are contemplating fun, adventure and romance. Life can be lonely at the top. To be clear and specific, many of you will probably remember Princess Diana and her tragic experience, dealing with omnipresent, forever hovering paparazzi, poised with rapid-fire flash cameras, while being driven by a drunken chauffeur, underground on the Paris ring road, ... and then you witnessed the very much delayed, "frozen chosen," emotional reaction of "family" members at Buckingham Palace, etc. Back to the flic, "Roman Holiday." See this, so you, too, can count your blessings. Many thanks to TCM for sharing insights into Royal Holidays!
Overall- 4 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-4/5Score-4/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-5/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5
A thoroughly enjoyable, modern fairy-tale. A European Princess bored from her duties slips out one day to join an ambitious reporter in a day of relaxation. Hepburn won her only Oscar for this breakout role, Peck is equally good as the reporter and Albert earned a nomination as Peck's photographer buddy. Other Oscars went to Edith Head's costumes and Trumbo's screenplay. Director Wyler uses the real location to heighten the already magical story that contains great performances and charm. I give it a 5/5.
Audrey Hepburn does not just play a role. She IS the role. In this person's opinion, she can say more on screen, without voicing a word, than any other actress in the motion picture business.
- roberto Rivera
I first saw this picture in 1953 while in the U.S. Air Force.There was such a perfect balance between Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. They complemented each other so well.I have both the video and the new DVD version. I see the movie several times a year. Paramount Pictures, tried in the 70,s to make a sequal with the same cast, but the screenplay never materilized.Too bad.The last scene, were he is now alone, staring at the door where the Princess excited and then slowly walks away, is really heart wrenching.This is truly a classic romance filmRoberto.
I absolutely love this movie!! The whole movie makes me smile, and I always end up laughing at the scene at the mouth of truth
I love this movie!
I have seen this movie dozens of times and still laugh at the scene where they are at the "mouth of truth" and Gregory Peck yells when he puts his hand in the mouth. Funny, funny, funny. The "fight scene" is also a laugh. This movie is just delightful from start to finish. Audrey Hepburn is just BEAUTIFUL and she plays the part of the naive princess perfectly. Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert were the right choices for Miss Hepburn's "sidekicks". I look forward to seeing this movie again and again.
I keep reading that Cary Grant was meant for the role of Joe Bradley...let me just say that would have been a complete waste! Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn balance each other out perfectly. He gives a solid performance while letting Ms. Hepburn take the lead. It's brilliant and endearing and hopelessly romantic.
One of the Best in Cinema
I absolutely adore this movie! Audrey Hepburn was nothing short of brilliant and Gregory Peck was such a talented actor! This is definitely one of the best movies of all time and one of my favorites. Audrey was so breathtakingly beautiful and she was completely believable. What else can I say but that William Wyler was a superb director, along with Capra and Wilder and Huston! I may only be seventeen but I know the old classics are the best!
I'm only thirteen, and I watched this movie on TCM and absolutely fell in love with it. Audrey Hepburn was absolutely perfect for this part and Gregory Peck portrayed the newsman wonderfully.
This movie is just wonderful. Gregory Peck is such a delightful actor, him and Audrey Hepburn were two different people who happen to manage each other. This is one of my favorites. Awe, I loved it!
I love this movie!!
I am only 22 years old but this movie caught my eye and has had it fixed on "Old" movies ever since. This was the first time for me to see Audrey Hepburn and I now try to model my attitude around her. She is such an inspiring person and the fact that she was such an animal lover just adds to her great traits. (I'm a veterinary asst)
Audrey Hepburn is wonderfulin this film!!
I love this movie, and Audrey Hepburn is fabulous in this role of a princess! The sceanery is fantastic, as is the acting. I love the story, but I was upset by the ending. But it is a beautiful love story!
Audrey is fabulous
In the first five to ten minutes of this movie, Audrey Hepburn owned me lock, stock and barrel. She is the greatest female charmer of all the movie actresses.The movie is fun and romantic. Peck as usual is solid as is the entire film. But, it is Audrey's show.