Roman Holiday (1953)


One of greatest movies of ever!  An adorable Audrey Hepburn reels you in..this is her first movie in a major role and the one that made her FAMOUS…she is movie is funny, smart, and romantic…Nominated for 10 Academy Awards–this is the perfect romantic comedy–a perfect date movie.  The interaction between Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn is great fun to watch…sometimes funny, sometimes comical, sometimes loving and sometimes touching.


Audrey Hepburn delivers an Oscar winning performance as a princess who escapes palace life and find out what “normal people” do on the outside.  A couple scheming fellows eventually recognize who she is and decide to exploit her for profit and gain.

This really is a clever movie because it shows how much fun a person can have doing “normal” things like riding a bicycle, dancing, chewing gum, or smoking their first cigarette.

This movie does a superb job of balancing the role of “love” and the role of “responsibility.”  The overall message of this movie is beautiful.  Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) must decide if his “love” for a Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is enough to forgo profits from a business deal and potentially lose a close friend.  Audrey Hepburn must weigh her love for Joe Bradley in comparison to her duty to serve the people as their Princess.  Both must confront the “realities” of their situation while also enjoying every moment they have together.  I also love this movie for its inspirational, but also realistic ending.  This movie send home a moral message, that we all have our moments of fun, but we also have our duties to people other than ourselves.

For many of us, this was one of the first movies that started a “love affair” with Classic Movies.  This movie, when I first watched it, got me hooked on Audrey Hepburn…it led me to more classics like “Sabrina” “Charade” “How to Steal A Million” “My Fair Lady” “Funny Face” “Wait Until Dark” and of course, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Likewise, this was the first movie I had seen Gregory Peck in, since then I’ve seen him many times in many other films like “12 O’Clock High” “The Big Country” “To Kill a Mockingbird” “Gentleman’s Agreement” “Spellbound” “Duel in the Sun” —just to name a few of my favorites.

Of course the Director is William Wyler who was a prolific director…with so many other great films like: “Funny Girl” “Ben-Hur” “The Best Years of Our Lives” “Friendly Persuasion” “Mrs. Miniver” “The Little Foxes” plus the aforementioned “The Big Country” and “How to Steal a Million”

Roman Holiday will make you fall in LOVE with classic movies, and you will want to discover how great the golden era of films really was…

10 Stars! This movie is the quintessential romantic comedy…the best of the best!

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