Roman Holiday

Film, Comedy
4 out of 5 stars
Roman Holiday

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This near-perfect romcom gave an unknown actress called Audrey Hepburn her ‘hello world’ moment in 1953 – making her an overnight star at 24. Hepburn sparkles as Princess Ann, an elfin European aristo bored to tears of ambassador’s receptions and majors with walrus moustaches. One night, during a state visit to Rome, she slips out of the palace to slum it with commoners – and falls into the clutches of an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). ‘Is this the elevator?’she asks sweetly, stepping into his tiny flat. Joe can’t believe his luck: here’s the scoop of the century. Of course, the runaway princess and the hack fall in love. But this is a fairytale with a bittersweet ending. In a packed press conference filled with reporters, the lovers end the affair with a few tender, coded words (you can bet Richard Curtis watched this before he wrote ‘Notting Hill’). Forget ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, this is the real deal.



Release details

119 mins

Cast and crew

William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn
Gregory Peck

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