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Roman Holiday, Starring Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn (1953) Free Event

ROMAN HOLIDAY

On Wednesday, August 21st at 8:30 P.M. TIFF in the Park will be showing Roman Holiday, (1953) a wonderful romantic comedy starring Gregory Peck and introducing Audrey Hepburn in her first major role.

A young Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) tired of performing her royal duties, longs to live the life of a normal girl her age. In the middle of a highly publicized European Royal tour, the bored and sheltered princess has a minor breakdown and her doctor gives her a sedative which he says will make her feel happy and rested. Before the drug has a chance to take affect Anne quickly dresses and escapes her confines by climbing in the back of a small delivery truck leaving the royal compound. Though very sleepy, she is enjoying the freedom she has never experienced in her life. Anne finally falls asleep on a park bench in the middle of Rome.

Anne’s Royal guardians finally realize that she is missing and they go into emergency mode. They tell the press that the princess is ill and they cancel her schedule for the next day.   

Joe Bradley, (Gregory Peck) a down on his luck American news correspondent finds Anne sleeping outside. Thinking that she is drunk, he attempts to wake her. Just about to leave her, he spots a taxi, pours her inside and tries to find out where she lives so that he could drop her off. All she can say in her sedated state is, “I’m so happy, I’m so happy”. Finally, feeling sorry for her, Bradley takes her home to his tiny apartment to let her sleep it off.

The next morning, Bradley is supposed to have an interview with her Royal Highness but sleeps in. He leaves the girl to continue sleeping and goes to see his publisher. After seeing her picture in the newspaper, Bradley finally realizes who he has stumbled upon. He suddenly has the exclusive of a lifetime and contacts his photographer friend, Irving (Eddie Albert of Green Acres fame) to document it. Joe and Irving take Anne out on the town and she has the time of her life, never realizing that they are newspaper men. The Princess and Bradley fall in love with each other in the meantime. What will be the final outcome?

Gregory Peck in an unprecedented move insisted that the relatively unknown Audrey Hepburn share top billing with him. Hepburn went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the princess.

At 7:15 P.M., let’s begin to gather at the SW corner of King and Simcoe, under the Roy Thomson Hall sign. Shortly after we will walk a short distance to David Pecaut Square. Make sure you bring a blanket or a folding chair to sit on. If you arrive a little late you may call my cell,[masked] and I’ll try to direct you to where we are sitting. At 8:30 P.M., movie time, I will turn my phone off. 

We'll see you at the Movies!!

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  • LORI C

    Hi Alex,

    Very nice, I enjoyed being outdoors watching the movie. Lori Celik

    August 22, 2013

  • Dave B.

    it was a very good movie my first time seeing it . great time seeing everyone meeting some new people for the first time .

    August 22, 2013

  • Marica

    What a excellent movie to watch. Once again thank you, Alex.

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Alex S.

      You're quite welcome, Marica. Always a pleasure!!

      August 22, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Wonderful night under the stars in nice company again. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for bringing us all together, Alex.

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Alex S.

      You're very welcome, Dagmar!! Good to see you.

      August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful evening under the stars watching a great classic movie. Thanks, Alex!

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Anytime, Peggy! Thanks.

      August 22, 2013

  • Lynne

    Hi, Alex
    I'm going to have to cancel for tonight - going to be working a bit late.
    I hope you all have a great time!

    Lynne

    August 21, 2013

    • Alex S.

      :( If you get the chance, Lynne try to make it for 8:30.

      August 21, 2013

  • Christine

    Live that one, too. Doesn't get any better than that but I won't be able to go...

    July 23, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Hopefully we'll see you another time soon, Christine.

      July 23, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Hi Christine,
      I thought that you were not going tonight but then realized that you might have said that you couldn't go on the 31st. Anyway, you're back on the list for tonight.
      Alex

      August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined the group what a great event. Too bad already committed today but sound like a lot of fun. Looking forward to future events.

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody. I just joined the group. Look forward to meet you all and make new friends. Can not come to this event(already have another meeting). Maybe next event.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this movie.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Henry !.

    Hey alex

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mondays and Wednesdays are the two days I cannot come. I will look forward to the future events.

    August 16, 2013

  • Jenny H.

    Other commitment.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to attend! :-)

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can be fun

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Amy

    Hi

    August 11, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    PS: "the Way We Were" will be playing on 31st i believe (another great classic film)~cheers,

    July 23, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    looking fw~

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun!

    June 19, 2013

  • Jenny H.

    A very entertaining film.

    June 12, 2013

    • Christine

      Have seen it countless times. Always enjoyable. Always.

      1 · June 12, 2013

  • Jillian W

    I have never seen this movie and I know it's a classic so I'm looking forward to it.

    1 · June 10, 2013

    • Alex S.

      It's a really good film, Jillian!!

      June 11, 2013

  • Marsha M.

    This is a great!

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    looking fw~it's a classic film

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It will be great to watch this classic movie in an outdoor setting!

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Jenny H.

    Will be there

    June 10, 2013

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