Run time: 118 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 2nd September 1953
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Paramount Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Fresh: 49 Rotten: 1
IMDB: 8.1 / 10
Director: William Wyler
Producer: William Wyler
Starring: Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann, Eddie Albert as Irving Radovich, Hartley Power as Mr. Hennessy, Harcourt Williams as Ambassador, Margaret Rawlings as Countess Vereberg, Tullio Carminati as Gen. Provno, Paolo Carlini as Mario Delani, Claudio Ermelli as Giovanni, Paola Borboni as Charwoman, Alfredo Rizzo as Cab driver
Roman Holiday is one of the most beloved of both Hepburn's and Peck's films, a lovely little romance, full of fun and playfulness, stellar performances (Hepburn won an Oscar and Albert was nominated), and all set against the beauty of Rome. Many of its scenes are nothing short of priceless: the ad-libbed moment when Peck sticks his hand into the mouth of a statue and pretends it's been bitten off (sending Hepburn into hysterics) is absolutely unforgettable.
Roman Holiday just has so much charm you can't help but fall in love with it, especially Hepburn in her first major role. You can't find much fault with any of the film -- unless'n yer a heartless cad, that is! -- though admittedly its simple story may not be challenging enough for modern viewers. That said, though we may think we know how things will turn out well in advance of the movie getting there, we don't. (But that said, a sequel was once discussed that focused on the happy couple's children, also on holiday in Rome.)
Highly recommended. The DVD features a radically cleaned-up transfer that makes those old VHS versions seem like a filmstrip. A couple of documentaries are also worth a peek.
Ice cream holiday.