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Roman Holiday (1953)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022


Plot Summary: Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Director (William Wyler), Supporting Actor (Eddie Albert), Screenplay, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Film Editing; Won for Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn), Story (Dalton Trumbo), and Costume Design; AFI #4 Romantic Comedy; 1999 National Film Registry


What is this movie is about?: The personal struggle between life, love, and responsibility.


Best Performance: Audrey Hepburn

Best Minor Performance: Eddie Albert

Most Charismatic Award: Audrey Hepburn

Best Scene: The Final Interview/The Barge Fight

Favorite Scene: Irving meets Anya/Opening Procession

Most Indelible Moment: The Mouth of Truth/Vespa Ride


Best Line:

Princess Ann: “Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.”


Joe Bradley: May I say, speaking for my own... press service: we believe Your Highness's faith will not be unjustified.

Princess Ann: I am so glad to hear you say it.


Honorable Mention:

Joe Bradley: Irving! Am I glad to see you!

Irving Radovich: Why? Did you forget your wallet?


Funniest Line:

Joe Bradley: You should always wear my clothes.

Princess Ann: It seems I do.


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 7.5

Impact/Significance: 6.5

Novelty: 6.75

Classic-ness: 9

Rewatchability: 7

Audience Score: 9.3

Total: 46.05


Remaining Questions:

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