Friday, September 28, 2012

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday
Released Date: September 2, 1953
Director: William Wyler
Actors: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, and Paolo Carlini

     I always believed that Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn made a really cute pair. This movie is so cute, and so sweet, that by the end of it, you really wish that they end up together, in real life that is. This movie started off having Gregory Peck's name above the title of the film but, Peck told the producers and director that he believed Audrey Hepburn did such a great job, she needed to be above the title too. As you watch this movie, you will notice that piece of trivia within the first five minutes. At first, this movie was to be given to the great Frank Capra, guess who he would have chosen as his leads.... Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor. The chemistry is always there when dealing with great actors, but I think Peck's and Hepburn's was very real. As a matter of fact, Gregory Peck said he enjoyed very much working with Hepburn and it was easy to fall in love with her. Same words have been spoken about Grace Kelly. Funny that Kelly and Hepburn have both been compared many times before. You will see a scene in this movie about a statue that if you put your hand in the mouth of it, the mouth will swallow your hand. Audrey Hepburn had a little joke played on her. You will see Gregory Peck stick his hand in, then he screams, pulls his hand out, and his hand is not there. The reaction you see from Audrey Hepburn is real, and Peck's "are you alright" and laughing is all ad lib. Pretty neat huh?

     Have you ever wished you could play hooky for just a day? To be free and do something random that nobody would every imagine you doing? Well that is exactly what Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) had in mind when she decides to leave one night from her palace. Is she a rebel without a cause? I think not, I think there is cause. She is so strained from all of the work that has piled on her. Ann ends up leaving and walking around Rome. Because she has been tranquilized in the beginning of the night, she falls asleep on a public bench. Luckily for her Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) is the one that finds her. He is an American reporter, but he does not recognize her at first. He takes her home since she is not giving him her real address. I mean come on, this girl sleeping on a bench could not be royalty. Or he's the King of England. He ends up going to work the next day, at the newspaper, and see's her picture on the front page of the paper. Seeing what he has at his apartment, he goes back to see her up and confused. The two decide to take a day in Rome. See the sights. They easily fall in love, but can that be enough to stay together? This movie has won the hearts of many and let it be in your heart too.

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