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Roman Holiday

  NR HD Closed Captioning

William Wyler

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Plot Summary

Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by "affairs of state." On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. She happens to meet American journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who, recognizing a hot news story, pretends that he doesn't recognize her and offers to give her a guided tour of Rome. Naturally, Joe hopes to get an exclusive interview, while his photographer pal Irving (Eddie Albert) attempts to sneak a photo. And just as naturally, Joe falls in love with her. Filmed on location in Rome, Roman Holiday garnered an Academy Award for the 24-year-old Hepburn; another Oscar went to the screenplay, credited to Ian McLellan Hunter and John Dighton but actually co-written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo. The 1987 TV movie remake with Catherine Oxenberg is best forgotten.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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98%
  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 49
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Wyler and his associates have fashioned a natural, tender, and amusing yarn about the heiress to the throne of a mythical kingdom who is sick unto death of an unending schedule of speeches, greetings, and interviews attendant on her goodwill tour... – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Feb 10, 2014

Fresh: The newcomer named Audrey Hepburn gives the popular old romantic nonsense a reality it has seldom had before. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [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. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The film itself is a classic of romantic wish fulfillment, exactly the sort of beautiful lie that Hollywood specialized in. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 22, 2003

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Customer Reviews

greatest movie of all time

Seriously if you're looking for an amazing classic movie with everything in it-this is it. Comedy, romance, some suspense, action, and human decisions. This movie I hope will be enjoyed by many generations to come. Audery Hepburn is a gem.

i love this movie...

this movie is one of audrey's best and so is my fair lady

Roman Holiday.

forget Holly Golightly! this is the best movie and character audrey hepburn has been and played. the ending is beautiful and proves that to win an oscar you don't have to be suicidal and dramatic. this should be in everyones top 10 best films of all time. i know that when i saw this on itunes i yelled yes!. so everyone enjoy.

Roman Holiday
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 1953

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