Roman Holiday

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We believe Your Highness's faith will not be unjustified.

Roman Holiday is a 1953 romantic comedy film about a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Directed by William Wyler. Written by John Dighton and Dalton Trumbo.
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Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.
Princess Ann: I hate this nightgown. I hate all my nightgowns, and I hate all my underwear too.
Countess: My dear, you have lovely things.
Princess Ann: But I'm not two hundred years old. Why can't I sleep in pajamas?
Countess: Pajamas?
Princess Ann: Just the top part. Did you know that there are people who sleep with absolutely nothing on at all?
Countess: I rejoice to say I do not.

Princess Ann: Is this the elevator?
Joe Bradley: This is my ROOM!

Princess Ann: Can I sleep here?
Joe Bradley: Well, that's the general idea.
Princess Ann: Can I have a silk nightgown with rosebuds on it?
Joe Bradley: I'm afraid you'll have to rough it tonight - in these. [He presents her with his own oversized pajamas]
Princess Ann: Pajamas!
Joe Bradley: Sorry honey, but I haven't worn a nightgown in years.
Princess Ann: Will you help me get undressed, please?
Joe Bradley: [pause] Uh, OK. [He removes her necktie] There you are, you can handle the rest.

Princess Ann: This is very unusual. I've never been alone with a man before - even with my dress on. [She begins unbuttoning and removing her blouse] With my dress off, it's most unusual. I don't seem to mind. Do you?
Joe Bradley: [pause] I think I'll go out for a cup of coffee. You'd better get to sleep. [She flops on his bed] No, no, no. [He leads her toward the couch] On this one.
Princess Ann: How terribly nice.
Joe Bradley: Hey - these are pajamas. They're to sleep in. You're to climb into them, you understand?...Then you do your sleeping on the couch, see. Not on the bed, not on the chair, on the couch. Is that clear?

Hennessey: [after Joe said he just interviewed the princess] In view of the fact that our Highness was taken violently ill at three o'clock this morning, put to bed with a high fever, and has ordered all her appointments for the day cancelled in toto...
Joe Bradley: That's certainly pretty hard to swallow.
Hennessey: In view of the fact that you just left her, of course.

Joe Bradley: How much would a real interview with this dame be worth?
Hennessey: Are you referring to Her Highness?
Joe Bradley: I'm not referring to Annie Oakley, Dorothy Lamour, or Madame ... How much?
Hennessey: What do you care? You've got about as much chance...
Joe Bradley: I know, but if I did? How much would it be worth?
Hennessey: Oh, just a plain talk on world issues, it would probably be worth two hundred and fifty. Her views on clothes, of course, would be worth a lot more, maybe a thousand...dollars.
Joe Bradley: I'm talking about her views on everything!...The private and secret longings of a Princess. Her innermost thoughts as revealed to your own correspondent in a private, personal, exclusive interview. [His boss' mouth drops, awe-struck by the thought] Can't use it, huh? I didn't think you'd like it.
Hennessey: Come here! Love angle too, I suppose.
Joe Bradley: Practically all love angle.
Hennessey: With pictures.
Joe Bradley: Could be. How much?
Hennessey: That particular story will be worth five grand to any news service....
Joe Bradley: ...You said five grand? I want you to shake on that.

Princess Ann: Now, I'd better get a taxi and go back.
Joe Bradley: Well look, before you do, why don't you take a little time for yourself?
Princess Ann: Maybe another hour.
Joe Bradley: Live dangerously. Take the whole day.
Princess Ann: I could do some of the things I've always wanted to.
Joe Bradley: Like what?
Princess Ann: Oh, you can't imagine. I-I'd do just whatever I liked all day long.

Joe Bradley: Tell you what. Why don't we do all those things, together?
Princess Ann: But don't you have to work?
Joe Bradley: Work? No. Today's gonna be a holiday.
Princess Ann: But you want to do a lot of silly things?
Joe Bradley: [He takes her hand] ...First wish? One sidewalk cafe, comin' right up. I know just the place. Rocca's.

Princess Ann: I'm a good liar too, aren't I, Mr. Bradley?
Joe Bradley: The best I ever met.

Princess Ann: We spent the whole day doing things I've always wanted to. Why?
Joe Bradley: I don't know. It seemed the thing to do.
Princess Ann: I never heard of anybody so kind.
Joe Bradley: It wasn't any trouble.
Princess Ann: Also, completely unselfish.

Princess Ann: At midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.
Joe Bradley: And that will be the end of the fairy tale.

Princess Ann: I have to leave you now. I'm going to that corner there and turn. You must stay in the car and drive away. Promise not to watch me go beyond the corner. Just drive away and leave me as I leave you.
Joe Bradley: All right.
Princess Ann: I don't know how to say goodbye. I can't think of any words.
Joe Bradley: Don't try. [They sadly hug and kiss]

Reporter: And what, in the opinion of Your Highness, is the outlook for friendship among nations?
Princess Ann: I have every faith in it... as I have faith in relations between people.
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.
Another reporter: Which of the cities visited did Your Highness enjoy the most?
General Provno: [prompting] Each, in its own way...
Princess Ann: Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to — Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.


  • Romance in romantic Rome!
  • Audrey Hepburn at her Oscar-winning best in an immortal comedy-romance!


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