Roman Holiday (1953)

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  • IMDb page: Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Rate: 8.1/10 total 91,917 votes
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 2 September 1953 (USA)
  • Runtime: 118 min | Portugal:117 min (cut version)
  • Filming Location: Viale del Policlinico, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)
  • Director: William Wyler
  • Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Georges Auric (music score by)
  • Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
  • Plot Keyword: Princess | American | Reporter | Sedative | Photograph

Writing Credits By:

  • Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) and
  • John Dighton (screenplay)
  • Dalton Trumbo  screenplay (originally uncredited)
  • Dalton Trumbo  story (originally uncredited)

Known Trivia

  • After filming, Gregory Peck informed the producers that, as Audrey Hepburn was certainly going to win an Oscar (for this, her first major role), they had better put her name above the title. They did and she did. 117 of 119 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Paramount originally wanted to shoot this movie in Hollywood. William Wyler refused, insisting it must be shot on location. They finally agreed, but with a much lower budget. This meant the movie would now be in Black-n-White, not the expected Technicolor, and he would need to cast an unknown actress as the Princess – Audrey Hepburn. 63 of 64 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Gregory Peck’s role was originally written with Cary Grant in mind. Grant, however, turned the role down as he believed he was too old to play Audrey Hepburn’s love interest. He did, however, play her on-screen love ten years later in Charade (1963). The two became firm friends working on the film, and Grant considered her one of his favorite actresses to work with. 54 of 55 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The first American film to be made in its entirety in Italy. 82 of 85 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The Embassy Ball sequence featured real Italian nobility, who all donated their salaries to charity. The reporters at the end of the film were real, too. 66 of 68 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Audrey Hepburn won the 1953 Best Actress Academy Award for Roman Holiday (1953). On March 25th, 1954, she accepted the award from the much revered Academy president Jean Hersholt. After accepting the award, Audrey kissed him smack on the mouth, instead of the cheek, in her excitement. Minutes after accepting her 1953 Oscar, Audrey realized that she’d misplaced it. Turning quickly on the steps of the Center Theater in New York, she raced back to the ladies’ room, retrieved the award, and was ready to pose for photographs. 66 of 68 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • At the end of production, Paramount Studios presented Audrey Hepburn with her entire wardrobe from the film, including hats, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. These gifts were intended as wedding presents; however, soon after production, Hepburn ended her engagement to James (later Lord) Hanson, a businessman. 47 of 48 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Audrey Hepburn won the role of Ann thanks to a legendary screen test. In it, she performed one of the scenes from the film, but the cameraman was instructed to keep the cameras rolling after the director said, “Cut.” Several minutes of unrehearsed, spontaneous Hepburn was thus captured on film and this, combined with some candid interview footage, won her the role. 59 of 61 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • At the beginning of the movie, the elder gentleman dancing with princess Ann says to her, in Italian: “I want absolutely to die on the ship!” 45 of 46 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • When Gregory Peck came to Italy to shoot the movie, he was privately depressed about his recent separation and imminent divorce from his first wife, Greta Kukkonen. However, during the shot he met and fell in love with a French woman named Veronique Peck. After his divorce, he married Passani and they remained together for the rest of his life. 62 of 65 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Continuity: When Princess Ann accepts her change from the Gelato salesman, she is holding the Gelato in her right hand and puts the change in her left pocket. Immediately afterward, when the flower salesman is trying to sell her flowers, she shows him that she has very little change left. When she does this, she takes it out of her right pocket, not her left where she had just put the money and she is holding the Gelato in her left hand.

Plot: A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Full summary »  »

Story: Joe Bradley is a reporter for the American News Service in Rome, a job he doesn’t much like as he would rather work for what he considers a real news agency back in the States. He is on the verge of getting fired when he, sleeping in and getting caught in a lie by his boss Hennessy, misses an interview with HRH Princess Ann, who is on a goodwill tour of Europe, Rome only her latest stop. However, he thinks he may have stumbled upon a huge scoop. Princess Ann has officially called off all her Rome engagements due to illness. In reality, he recognizes the photograph of her as being the young well but simply dressed drunk woman he rescued off the street last night (as he didn’t want to turn her into the police for being a vagrant), and who is still in his small studio apartment sleeping off her hangover. What Joe doesn’t know is that she is really sleeping off the effects of a sedative given to her by her doctor to calm her down after an anxiety attack, that anxiety because she hates her… Written byHuggo


Synopsis: Princess Ann (Hepburn) is a royal princess of an unspecified country. She is on a widely publicized tour of several European capitals, including Rome. One night, she rebels against the strenuous demands of her official duties, where every minute of her time is scheduled. Her doctor gives her a sedative in order to help her sleep, but she secretly leaves her country’s embassy and goes out alone to experience Rome.

The injection eventually takes effect and she falls asleep on a public bench where Joe Bradley (Peck), an expatriate American reporter, meets her, but does not recognize her. He offers her money so that she can take a taxi home, but “Anya Smith,” as she calls herself, refuses to disclose where that is, saying that she should be taken to the Colosseum. Joe finally decides, for safety’s sake, to let her spend the night in his apartment. He is amused by her regal manner, but less so when she appropriates his bed, leaving him the uncomfortable couch. The next morning, unable to rouse her, he goes to work.

His editor, Mr. Hennessy (Hartley Power), asks him if he had covered the press conference with the princess. Joe lies, making up details of the alleged interview until Hennessy tells him that the princess had suddenly “fallen ill” and the conference had been canceled. Joe sees a picture of her and recognizes the young woman he had left sleeping in his apartment. Hennessy then threatens to fire him, and the two men end up making a bet that Joe can get an exclusive on the princess.

Joe realizes he is sitting on a windfall; an exclusive story about his unsuspecting guest. He offers to show Rome to Anya, but not before getting his photographer friend, Irving Radovich (Eddie Albert), to tag along to take pictures of her without her knowledge.

Hepburn and Peck embark on a Vespa ride through Rome in one of the films comedic sequences.They spend the day seeing the sights, including the “Mouth of Truth,” a marble image said to bite off the hands of liars. On a whim, she gets her hair cut short in a barbershop facing the famous Trevi Fountain. She shares with Joe her dream of living a normal life without her crushing responsibilities and restrictions. That night, at a dance on a boat, government agents finally track her down and try to escort her away, but a wild melee breaks out and Joe and Anya escape. Through all this, they gradually fall in love. However, Anya realizes that it cannot be. She finally bids farewell to Joe, without revealing her true identity, and returns to the embassy.

During the course of the day, Hennessy learns that the princess is missing, not ill as the embassy had claimed. He suspects that Joe knows where she is, and tries to get him to admit it, but Joe claims to know nothing about it. Knowing Joe’s feelings for Anya, Irving reluctantly decides not to sell his photos.

The next day, Princess Ann appears at the delayed news conference, only to find Joe and Irving among the members of the press. Irving takes her picture with the same miniature cigarette lighter/camera he had used the previous day. He then presents her with the photographs he had taken that day, as a memento of her adventure. Joe lets her know, by allusion, that her secret is safe with them. She, in turn, works into her bland press conference statements a coded message of love and gratitude to Joe. She then departs, leaving Joe to linger for a while, contemplating what might have been.

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Produced By:

  • Robert Wyler known as associate producer
  • William Wyler known as producer
  • Lester Koenig known as associate producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Gregory Peck known as Joe Bradley
  • Audrey Hepburn known as Princess Ann
  • Eddie Albert known as Irving Radovich
  • Hartley Power known as Mr. Hennessy
  • Harcourt Williams known as Ambassador
  • Margaret Rawlings known as Countess Vereberg
  • Tullio Carminati known as General Provno
  • Paolo Carlini known as Mario Delani
  • Claudio Ermelli known as Giovanni
  • Paola Borboni known as Charwoman
  • Alfredo Rizzo known as Taxicab Driver
  • Laura Solari known as Hennessy’s Secretary
  • Gorella Gori known as Shoe Seller
  • Armando Ambrogi known as Man on Phone (uncredited)
  • Armando Annuale known as Admiral Dancing with Princess (uncredited)
  • Maurizio Arena known as Young Boy with Car (uncredited)
  • Silvio Bagolini known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Ugo Ballerini known as Embassy Aide (uncredited)
  • Bruno Baschiera known as Embassy Aide (uncredited)
  • Gildo Bocci known as Flower Seller (uncredited)
  • Alfred Browne known as Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
  • Princess Alma Cattaneo known as Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
  • J. Cortes Cavanillas known as Julian Cortes Cavanillas of ‘ABC Madrid’ (uncredited)
  • Franco Corsaro known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • John Cortay known as Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
  • Vittoria Crispo known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Ferdinando De Aldisio known as Ferdinando De Aldisio of ‘Agence Press’ (uncredited)
  • Ugo De Pascale known as Embassy Aide (uncredited)
  • Jan Dijksgraaf known as Speaking Correspondent (uncredited)
  • Andrea Esterhazy known as Embassy Aide (uncredited)
  • Gherda Fehrer known as Senhora Joaquin de Capoes (uncredited)
  • Jacques Ferrier known as Lacques Ferrier of ‘Ici Paris’ (uncredited)
  • Helen Fondra known as Countess Von Marstrand (uncredited)
  • Giovanni Fostini known as Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
  • Sytske Galema known as Sytske Galema of ‘De Limie’ (uncredited)
  • Paul Gary known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Teresa Gauthier known as Ihre Hoheit die Furstin von und zu Luchtenstichenholz (uncredited)
  • Sidney Gordon known as Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
  • Otto Gross known as Otto Gross of ‘Davar’ (uncredited)
  • George Higgins known as Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
  • Heinz Hindrich known as Dr. Bonnachoven (uncredited)
  • Edward Hitchcock known as Head of Foreign Correspondents (uncredited)
  • John Horne known as Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
  • Stephen House known as Stephen House of ‘The London Exchange Telegraph’ (uncredited)
  • Adam Jennette known as Speaking Correspondent (uncredited)
  • G. Kabulska known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Kurt Klinger known as Kurt Klinger of ‘Deutsch Press Agentur’ (uncredited)
  • Nicola Konopleff known as Ihre Hoheit der Furst von und zu Luchtenstichenholz (uncredited)
  • Friedrich Lampe known as Friedrich Lampe of ‘New York Herald-Tribune’ (uncredited)
  • Diane Lante known as Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
  • Princess Lilamani known as The Raikuuari of Khanipur (uncredited)
  • Luigi Locchi known as Count Von Marstrand (uncredited)
  • Mario Lucinni known as Senhor Joaquin de Capoes (uncredited)
  • Luis Marino known as Hassan El Din Pasha (uncredited)
  • Richard McNamara known as Correspondent at Poker Game (uncredited)
  • Rabindranath Mitter known as H.R.H. The Maharajah (uncredited)
  • Luigi Moneta known as Old Man Dancing with Princess (uncredited)
  • Maurice Montabre known as Maurice Montabre of ‘Le Figaro’ (uncredited)
  • Julio Moriones known as Julio Moriones of ‘La Vanguardia’ (uncredited)
  • Richard Neuhaus known as Embassy Guard (uncredited)
  • Desiderio Nobile known as Embassy Officer at Press Conference (uncredited)
  • Giustino Olivieri known as Waiter at Cafe (uncredited)
  • Eric Oulton known as Sir Hugo Macy de Farmington (uncredited)
  • Piero Pastore known as Faceless Man on the Barge (uncredited)
  • Giacomo Penza known as The Papal Nuncio Monsignor Altomonte (uncredited)
  • Mimmo Poli known as Worker Hugging the Three Out Side Police Station (uncredited)
  • Giuliano Raffaelli known as Faceless Man on the Barge (uncredited)
  • Dominique Rika known as Girl at Cafe Waving at Irving (uncredited)
  • Carlo Rizzo known as Police Official (uncredited)
  • Piero Scanziani known as Piero Scanziani of ‘La Suisse’ (uncredited)
  • Gianna Segale known as Girl at Cafe Waving at Irving (uncredited)
  • Octave Senoret known as Faceless Man on the Barge (uncredited)
  • Sir Hari Singh known as Hari Singh (uncredited)
  • Alcide Tico known as Sculptor (uncredited)
  • Amedeo Trilli known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Helen Tubbs known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Marco Tulli known as Pallid Young Man Dancing with Princess (uncredited)
  • Joop van Hulzen known as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Patricia Varner known as Teacher at Fontana di Trevi (uncredited)
  • Dianora Veiga known as Girl at Cafe Waving at Irving (uncredited)
  • Cesare Viori known as Prince Istvan Barossy Nagyavaros (uncredited)
  • Tania Weber known as Francesca – Irving’s Model (uncredited)
  • Hank Werbe known as Speaking Correspondent (uncredited)
  • Catherine Wyler known as Schoolgirl (uncredited)
  • Judy Wyler known as Schoolgirl (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Alberto De Rossi known as makeup supervisor
  • Wally Westmore known as makeup supervisor
  • Anna Cristofani known as hair dresser (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Scipio Lombardi known as props (uncredited)
  • Luciano Sacripante known as props (uncredited)
  • Italo Tomassi known as set designer (uncredited)
  • Elso Valentini known as props (uncredited)
  • Vittorio Valentini known as props (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Paramount Pictures (A Paramount Picture) (William Wyler’s Production)

Other Companies:

  • Berliner Synchron  German dubbing (uncredited)
  • Cinecittá Studios  production facilities (as Cinecittá Studios-Rome, Italy) (uncredited)
  • I.A.T.S.E.  acknowledgement (as I.A.T.S.E. Affiliated with AF of L)
  • Turner Classic Movies (TCM)  sponsor (2015 USA reissue) (uncredited)

Additional Details


  • Paramount Pictures (1953) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (1953) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Paramount (1953) (West Germany) (theatrical)
  • AFEX (1954) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Paramount (1954) (France) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (1960) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release)
  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1966) (USA) (TV)
  • Paramount Home Video (1983) (USA) (VHS)
  • CIC Victor Video (1988) (Japan) (VHS)
  • CIC Victor Video (1994) (Japan) (VHS)
  • Paramount Home Video (2002) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2003) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2003) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Filmmuseum Distributie (2004) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (re-release)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2004) (Japan) (DVD)
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  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2006) (France) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2006) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Video (2006) (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • PSG (2007) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Seven Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical) (re-release)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Fathom Events (2015) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release)
  • ARC (????) (Japan) (DVD)
  • CIC Video (1999) (Germany) (VHS)
  • CIC Vídeo (19??) (Brazil) (VHS)
  • Epoca (????) (Argentina) (VHS)
  • Paramount Filmes do Brasil (200?) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (19??) (Netherlands) (VHS)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (2 disc set)
  • Paramount Home Video (2008) (Canada) (DVD) (2 disc set)
  • Paramount Home Video (19??) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
  • Tone (????) (Japan) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Bridgid O’Donnell known as Senior Restoration Artist (uncredited)


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