CLASSIC WATCH: Movie: Roman Holiday

Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn

Roman Holiday is a timeless classic that is so thoroughly enjoyable that you will want to watch it over and over again.

This immortal 1953-hit tells of the brief affair between Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) and journalist, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) during the few days of her escape from her sheltered stay at the embassy.

Runaway princess

Princess Ann is on a tour of the European capitals and arrives at Rome as scheduled. While at Rome, the Princess suffers from hysterics and is given a sedative by her physician. She manages to sneak out of the embassy in her drugged state, and meets Joe Bradley, an expatriate American reporter, who befriends her after realising who she is.

The rest of the movie follows the pair through the streets of Rome, over the next couple of days, as the Princess does a few daring things she has always wanted to do, including bob her hair and smoke a cigarette, while Bradley, with the help of photographer Irving Radovich (Eddie Albert), tries to get the story of a lifetime — the story of a princess living the life of a commoner and loving every moment of it.

Audrey Hepburn's brilliant acting skills in this, her first big role, are complemented by Gregory Peck's usual flawless acting. Look out for a great story by Dalton Trumbo (fronted by Ian McLellan Hunter) and some very good directing by William Wyler.