Roman Holiday (1953) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

The term “holiday” is nowadays synonymous with the word “vacation.” Many people look forward to their days off in order to do what they truly enjoy, especially with the stressful lives that many workers face in the modern world. However, what if someone were to take a day off in order to explore the beauty of Rome, fall in love almost instantaneously, and have the time of one’s life just because of the yearning to escape the monotony associated with being sheltered? That complex question resulted in an Oscar-winning screenplay that forms the plot of what is now considered one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made. Feel free to join Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck as they take viewers on an adventurous holiday around one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

A Toast

This is the film that earned Audrey Hepburn her only Oscar. Hepburn rose to fame almost instantly even though this was her first major leading role. Gregory Peck also delivers a charming performance as Joe Bradley nearly a decade before winning the Oscar for playing Atticus Finch in the celebrated classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The acting is superb, the costumes are gorgeous, and the film almost won the “Best Picture” Oscar.

Roman Holiday is no ordinary romantic comedy. It was the first American motion picture filmed in Italy without the usage of Hollywood back-lots. It was also the film that earned Dalton Trumbo his first Oscar even though he had to deal with the controversial blacklisting that occurred in the 1950s that directly affected Hollywood screenwriters. The American Film Institute also acknowledged this film in June 2008 as one of the “Top 10 Romantic Comedies of All Time” (specifically at #4). Indeed, Roman Holiday continues to delight audiences while also introducing them to one of the most legendary films ever produced in the history of cinema.


Roman Holiday is indeed one of the most iconic romantic comedies ever filmed. Its influence on pop culture is so indelible that there was even an episode of Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody entitled “Boston Holiday,” which was basically a parody of this beloved screen gem. Therefore, if someone were on a holiday, they might as well just call it a “Roman Holiday” (pun intended) by watching this film. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the splendor of Rome from the comfort of your home. Have fun!

Roman Holiday (1953) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Audrey Hepburn wears a stunning regal outfit

Take a Drink: for every charming and romantic moment that makes the on-screen chemistry between Hepburn and Peck very palpable

Drink a Shot: every time the film features a famous Roman landmark as Princess Ann enjoys her holiday

And Cheers: to enjoying one of the most delightful romantic comedies in cinematic history

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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