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Roman Holiday (1953) at the Yonge and Dundas Cineplex

Roman Holiday (1953) is a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn (in her first American film), Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert; and is directed by William Wyler.  Audrey Hepburn plays a royal princess who is on a tightly controlled European tour.  The young princess wants to have some fun and while in Rome she escapes from her entourage to see the city.  She meets Joe (played by Gregory Peck), who is an American reporter who works for a local newspaper.  The princess does not reveal her identity and with a new haircut she can see the city incognito.  Joe soon figures the regal background of his guest and offers to be her tour guide in hopes to get a scoop for his paper.

The film was nominated for ten Oscars (including Best Picture) and won three of them: Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn, Best Costume, and Best Writing.  The American Film Institute has Roman Holiday at #4 on their list of the greatest American romantic films of all time just behind Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, and West Side Story.

We will meet at 6:30pm on the 4th floor in the area between the theatre entrance and Jack Astor's. You can spot the organizer (Mark) by looking for someone with black hair, white jeans and a blue and white messenger bag.  At 6:40pm we will head to the theatre and attempt to get a group of seats together.  The movie starts at 7:00pm.  Make sure to get your ticket on the main floor before heading up to the 4th floor to meet us - the ticket booth is at street level behind the escalators.  As there might be a line for getting tickets you may want to take advantage of getting your tickets ahead of time - visit the "Classic Film Series" page at Cineplex.com to buy your tickets online or visit the Yonge & Dundas Cineplex anytime before January 28th to buy your ticket.  Tickets for this movie are just $6 (there are no discount for seniors or students).

After the movie I'd like to suggest that we go to the second floor Library of the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St. East) which is just a short block away from the theatre. This place is relatively quiet, has quite a few drink options, and a inexpensive pub menu for those that wanna grab a bite.

If you wanna see Roman Holiday, but Monday evening does not work for you, a variety of Cineplex theatres are also showing the movie on Sunday May 5th (the day after Audrey's birthday) and Wednesday May 8th (use the Cineplex link above for a listing of show times)

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  • Katherin

    In Roman Holiday did anyone else notice the last scene of Audrey looking at Peck and trying to smile? Did anyone notice the 2 powerful contrasting affect in her face? On the surface she was smiling but one could see the pain of the loss and longing, the despair and the agony she was feeling deep inside. This, for me, was the BEST piece of acting i have ever seen in my life. Wow! I was blown away. I don't recall any acting that impressed me as much as this one. What talent!

    May 15, 2013

    • Dave

      I agree! It was refreshing to go back and see where actors get the benchmarks to follow. Most of todays movies are cookie cut stories and dialogue and cant compare. I must admit I have seen very few old classics, but aside from the odd simple storyline, it is worth the time to see the phenominal acting going on....

      May 15, 2013

  • Anya

    Wonderful film. It would be fantastic if we could see another Audrey Hepburn film. "Two for the Road" comes to mind. It is hard to find this film in stores :(

    May 14, 2013

    • Jeannie

      I would see this with you!

      May 14, 2013

    • mark

      "Two for the Road" is available form Amazon.ca and it is available at any HMV as a special order item. I think it is my least favourite Audrey Hepburn movie and I'm not sure if it is because I dislike the movie or it is because I really have never liked Albert Finney in anything. But Audrey is darn cute in that film, especially when she pretends to be a traffic signal!

      May 14, 2013

  • mark

    Thanks to everyone who came out last night and welcome to all the first-timers of the group. Had a good time at the movie and enjoyed everyone's company at the Imperial afterwards.

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Jeannie

      Thanks for seeing us to the subway.Annette and I were so swept away that we went the wrong way.

      May 14, 2013

  • jane

    Can't make it after all, got food poisoning yesterday, resulting in a date with my toilet all night long - haven't had an all-night date for a long time. Eat wherever Jeannie wants to eat! :-)

    May 13, 2013

    • mark

      Not sure if you are the best person to pick where we should eat. Hope you are feeling better.

      May 14, 2013

  • Dave

    just joined! went to the movie tonight though! Everyone in the group is so nice, great to meet you all!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Jeannie

    I love this film

    May 14, 2013

  • Jeannie

    Thank you.Mark.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Jeannie

    I loved everything about this film.
    Gregory Peck's lips
    his dimples
    his hair
    his eyebrows.
    ...and dinner at the Imperial was fun too.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    Ugh, I'm gonna have to cancel this last minute because I'm not gonna be able to get off work in time! I am so mad. Have fun, guys!

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn was really looking forward to it

    May 13, 2013

  • Jeannie

    OK,whatever you say,Boss.

    May 12, 2013

  • jane

    Yeah, let's go to the Imperial Pub, no matter what my beloved Jeannie says :-)

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this looks like fun c u there

    May 6, 2013

  • Karen L

    Yeah! One of my favourite Classic film.

    April 3, 2013

    • Karen L

      Just saw it on May 2nd and it was even better on a large black & white screen.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this movie!

    April 20, 2013

  • Dutch

    Old movies bore me but I'll try another one again.

    April 19, 2013

  • Wendy

    I really like him as well i could look at him all day
    jeannie.
    Wendy

    April 5, 2013

  • Jeannie

    just looking at the picture of Gregory Peck makes me swoon.
    ...I think I'm losing it!

    April 5, 2013

  • Wendy

    Hi mark
    I like this movie i will attend.
    Wendy

    April 2, 2013

  • Penny

    Me too :) fun movie too.

    April 1, 2013

  • Jeannie

    Yippee! I'll be going with my 2 favourites.

    April 1, 2013

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