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Roman Holiday (1987)

Remake of the 1953 original. Princess Elysa is touring Rome, and decides to get 'out and about' away from her normal life. She meets with an American reporter and his photographer, who show... See full summary »


Noel Nosseck


Dalton Trumbo (story), Jerrold L. Ludwig (teleplay) (as Jerry Ludwig) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Oxenberg ... Princess Elysa
Tom Conti ... Joe Bradley
Ed Begley Jr. ... Leonard Lupo
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ... King
Eileen Atkins ... Countess
Patrick Allen ... General
Francis Matthews ... Ambassador
Shane Rimmer ... Hogan
Christopher Muncke ... Phil
Tessa Hood Tessa Hood ... Secretary
Andrew Bicknell ... Elite Guard (Squad Leader)
David Rolfe David Rolfe ... Major Domo
Filipe Ferrer Filipe Ferrer ... Dr. Bonanova (as Felipe Ferrer)
Peter Peterson Peter Peterson ... Boy Playing Guitar
Michel Rubaix Michel Rubaix ... French Reporter (as Michael Roubaix)


Remake of the 1953 original. Princess Elysa is touring Rome, and decides to get 'out and about' away from her normal life. She meets with an American reporter and his photographer, who show her the sites. The reporter is initially more interested in a story than the Princess, but begins to fall for Her Highness... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

28 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Princesa e o Plebeu See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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8 October 2010 | by Jenny_K_NSee all my reviews

ROMAN HOLIDAY -- 1987, starring Catherine Oxenberg and Tom Conti, looked to be a treat for any romantic person, and I eagerly looked forward to the day when it would be broadcast... Well, I did like the updating, wherein the Princess got to eat pizza for the first time, and also enjoyed the appearance, in this version, of the princess's father, the King, who was not seen in the original. All the acting was very good and earnest. Unfortunately, the storyline was not. I am surprised that it was by Dalton Trumbo, (even, as a blacklisted author, using another author as his "front") because every other movie I have seen which was written by Mr. Trumbo was superiour! The dialogue is OK -- but the storyline......! The two leading characters, (the Princess and reporter Joe Bradley), didn't seem to love each other AT ALL in this 1987 version. The interplay of duty-vs-love was never really in the forefront of this latter version, (1987), as it was in the 1952 version with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. So, all the emotion from the story had just about vanished. "Roman Holiday"'s one-day romance is is said to have gotten its inspiration from the much longer Princess Margaret/Peter Townsend affair....but you'd never guess it here. I wish that Catherine Oxenberg and Tom Conti had been given a better script...they are both very fine actors, and would have given this "eternal story from the eternal city", the depth of feeling as seen in t original, but updated for a modern audience. As it is.... Well, my advice would be, if you have only time to see one version, see the original. (A third version, incorporating the appearance of the King -- and the pizza, seen only in the updated, 1987 version -- with the feelings of longing and love of the original, 1953 version -- would still be very welcome, I think, by all romantics around the world!)

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