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'''''Roman Holiday''''' is a 1953 RomanticComedy starring Creator/AudreyHepburn and Creator/GregoryPeck, directed by Creator/WilliamWyler.

The world-renowned [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Ann]], a member of the royal family of [[{{Ruritania}} a small unnamed European kingdom]], is in a whirlwind tour of Europe. After visiting London, Paris, and Amsterdam, she arrives in [[OliveGarden Rome, the Eternal City]]. Bored and upset with a life where her every waking minute is scheduled and rehearsed, she throws a tantrum and has to be sedated. However, before the drugs take effect, she manages to escape the embassy, determined to spend at least one day doing whatever she wants.

As the sedatives finally take effect, the weary princess collapses on a park bench, where she meets IntrepidReporter Joe Bradley. Believing her to be drunk, he offers to have a taxi take her back to her home, but she refuses; finally, he caves in and allows her to sleep it off at his place (and no, ''[[ThisAndThat that]]'' doesn't happen).

The next morning, Bradley wakes up late, having overslept and missed a scheduled interview with the princess. He tries to report in to his editor anyway, but he gets caught in the lie when he finds out that the princess "called in sick" at 3 o'clock that morning. After seeing a picture of Princess Ann in the paper, Bradley manages to put two and two together and sets out to get the scoop of a lifetime...

Notable moments include the ''original'' romantic Vespa ride through UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}, the scene at the Mouth of Truth, and a dance-turned-brawl where Ann clubs a man over the head with a guitar.

The film is notable as Audrey Hepburn's [[StarMakingRole first major breakthrough in cinema]]; she won an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actress for her role as Princess Ann, and always remembered this as her favorite role. It was also included in American Film Institute's ''10 Top 10'' list, placing fourth under the romantic comedy genre.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AcademyAward: The movie earned 10 nominations, including Best Picture. It ended up winning Best Costume Design and Best Writing. Even more notable, Audrey Hepburn won Best Actress.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Ann's fancy shoes are not comfortable to stand in for long, leading to some trouble at a reception.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: The first thing Ann does when hitting the street of Rome is buying new shoes.
* BalconyEscape: Ann sneaks out of her [[GildedCage room]] through the balcony.
* BarBrawl: The contagious fight scene at the river boat.
* TheBet: Joe and his boss have one for $500. In some kind of HeroicSacrifice Joe forfeits the big story and loses the bet.
* BilledAboveTheTitle: Invoked by Creator/GregoryPeck. After filming, Peck informed the producers that, as Creator/AudreyHepburn was certainly going to win an Oscar (for this, her first major role), they had better put her name above the title. They did and she did.
* BittersweetEnding
* ButtMonkey: Irving. Endlessly.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: What Princess Ann is trying to escape from--and, ultimately, [[spoiler: the reason she decides to return]].
* ClockKing: Princess Ann's handlers. It's enough to make her want to run away in the middle of the night.
* ContrivedClumsiness: Joe is giving Irving a hard time for being ObliviousToHints. And he doesn't even ''try'' to disguise it.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Creator/WilliamWyler filmed the movie in black and white because he feared that if he filmed it in color, the viewers would spend too much time admiring the Roman landmarks to focus on the story.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: This is more of a ValuesDissonance issue, but the class difference would have prevented either from carrying their relationship further and both characters acknowledge it.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Ann wakes up in a strange bed to see Joe Bradley (whom she doesn't remember from the previous night) nearby, her first impulse is to frantically dive her hand beneath the covers, feeling around for her crotch. Joe "innocently" asks, "Did you lose something?" After a moment, a now much relieved Ann replies,"No." This would explain why she's so trusting of Joe afterwards.
** This is also a BrickJoke to an early scene, when Ann asks why she can't sleep in pajamas, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "just the top part"]]. She was covering herself with his blanket, so she couldn't simply look to see if she'd done just that.
** Joe explains that he's in the fertilizer business. This may be a snide way of saying everything he tells her is bullshit, or a smart remark against his profession as a journalist.
* GildedCage: Ann gets so fed up with the demands and restrictions of royalty that she runs away and lives as a commoner for a day so she can experience "freedom".
* HandInTheHole: The aforementioned "Mouth of Truth" scene.
* HopeSpot: After Ann has left him, Joe is glooming about it in his apartment when suddenly there is a knock on the door. Unfortunately it is only his boss.
* ImportantHaircut: Ann gets one.
* TheIngenue: Princess Ann, short of one [[ValuesDissonance jarringly out-of-place smoking scene]], is the absolute epitome of adorable innocence.
* IntoxicationEnsues
* IntrepidReporter: Joe Bradley.
* KingIncognito: Ann disguises herself as a commoner to avoid detection and retrieval.
* ManlyTears: Joe's eyes well up quite a bit during the press conference.
* NoNameGiven: Ann's home country is always referred to as "her country."
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Ann thanks Joe for so unselfishly indulging her all day.
* ObliviousToHints: Irving doesn't seem to get Joe's subliminal messages which makes him become Joe's ButtMonkey.
* OhCrap: The look on Princess Ann's face [[spoiler: when she realizes that Irving's cigarette lighter is also a camera]].
* PimpedOutDress / SimpleYetOpulent: Ann's grand dresses are appropriately fancy and elegant.
* RebelliousPrincess: Princess Ann.
* RefugeInAudacity: Joe pulls this trick twice on his boss. First he offers to show him his notes on the interview (he didn't do) and then again at the end when the boss wants to see the photos.
* ShoePhone: The camera hidden in Irving's cigarette lighter.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' is this to ''Roman Holiday''.
* StepfordSmiler: What Ann is during most of her public appearances. It makes her genuine smiles towards Joe all the more poignant.
* {{Subtext}}: On the surface, the statements uttered by Joe and Ann at the press conference are nothing more than platitudes. But the subtextual conversation conveys that a) Joe won't reveal what really happened during their day together and b) there is a genuine shared love that will be cherished between the two forever.
* TearfulSmile: [[spoiler: The default expressions of both Joe and Ann during the press conference]].
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