Are You Up for a Little Roman Holiday?


By: R. White

7 Min Quiz

Image: Paramount Pictures

About This Quiz

When Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) grows weary of the royal life, she slips out quietly into the Italian evening while on an official visit to Rome. An unsuspecting news reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), innocently encounters her and what comes next is a surprise to both of them.

The princess (played by Audrey Hepburn) is introduced in what scene/setting?

The opening scene lays the groundwork for the role and responsibility of the princess. There is little room for error or freedom.


What reveals the princess's discomfort with being at the ball in the early scenes?

Several times, the princess slips her shoe off while being introduced to guests. She even tries to address an itch with her foot before losing her shoe altogether as her attendants are appalled and try to remedy the situation without notice.


After the ball, the princess is helped in her preparations for sleep. What snack is included in this routine?

This snack is part of the princess's nightly routine. Ironically, at the end of the movie she declines this snack, a sign that she has matured.


Before going to bed, what does the princess take an interest in?

The dance and its participants represent the freedom the princess longs for. It foreshadows some events later in the movie.


While going through her schedule for the following day with the Countess, the princess has a tantrum and says, "Let me die in peace!" How is she calmed down?

A cranky princess who is tired and incorrigible can only be calmed with a sedative. She needs to be at her best at all times.


When the doctor administers some medicine for the princess, what does he tell her?

The attendants of the princess are worried if she is not relaxed she will cause a scene when performing her royal duties. Image is everything. Ironically, the general passes out, which amuses Anne.


Shortly after being left alone for sleep, Anne escapes from the residence and stows away in a supply truck on the premises. What does the side of the truck advertise?

The supply truck allows the princess to escape the embassy grounds without notice. She happily watches the gate close behind her as the truck drives her to some freedom.


Joe Bradley's character (played by Gregory Peck) is introduced in the film in what scene/setting?

This scene establishes the relationship Joe has with press colleagues and introduces his friend, Irving Radovich. The competitive spirit of getting a good news story is established here. Irving is the big poker winner for the night!


On his way home from the poker game, Joe Bradley sees Anne on a street bench asleep. After speaking with her for a few minutes, he draws some conclusions. What does he comment aloud?

Bradley notices her clothing (gloves and all!), her knowledge of poetry which she recites, and her sleeping beside the sidewalk.


What phrase does Anne say repeatedly in her drugged stupor that becomes an inside comment in the final scene?

This phrase plays on her true and current emotions at the thought of her being free from her routine responsibilities as a princess. She is doing what she wants for once.


In their first evening together, Anne recites lines from her favorite poem to Joe. Which two poets do they argue about regarding who wrote the poem?

Anne is very tired yet from the medication and is giddy and lighthearted as she recites lines from her favorite poem. Bradley engages in correcting her and is not afraid to do playful verbal battle with her (not knowing she is a princess).


When Joe tries to send Anne "home" in a cab, he asks her where she lives. What is her response?

The Coliseum as an address creates an impossible situation for Joe, who is stuck with taking her in since he does not know where she lives. Even the cab driver does not want the responsibility of caring for her.


When Joe decides to take Anne back to his apartment to sleep, which request does she NOT make while there?

Anne starts ordering Bradley around as she would with her royal attendants, much to his amusement. He still has not caught on to who she is.


At what point does Joe realize Anne's true identity?

When Joe tries to explain to his boss why he is late coming into work, they discuss the princess. He sees the newspaper headlines with a picture of her and takes the copy with him to compare to the woman who spent the night in his room.


When the princess is discovered missing by her entourage, what is reported to the news agencies?

The royal attendants are very nervous about Anne's whereabouts and do not want it leaked that she is missing. They call in dozens of undercover agents to search the city to find her.


Which news agency does Joe Bradley work for?

There is a wide shot of the main window of Joe's office with this news group's title showcased.


What time was Joe Bradley's press appointment with the princess?

This time is mentioned at the poker game as the reporters are vying for an early time to meet with the princess. Joe Bradley wakes up at noon and leaves the sleeping Anne in his apartment to head into work thinking he can pretend he made the appointment by lying to his boss.


Who guards the princess at Bradley's apartment?

It seems funny that the landlord would do this considering Joe is behind in his rent. He does as instructed and paces back and forth in front of Joe's apartment door with a gun.


When the princess first wakes up in Joe's apartment, what does she notice that makes her realize she is not in her expected bedroom?

Anne notices the luxury of the Embassy residence she is staying in with all of its fineries; she wants to know how normal people live. Common piping in Bradley's apartment ceiling is not a typical sight for her.


Anne tells Joe she must leave and heads out. Before going too far, she returns. Why?

Anne realizes that to even get a cab home she will need money. Joe gives her cash, which annoys the landlord who is still waiting for Joe to pay his rent.


Bradley follows the princess secretly through the streets of Rome. They each end up buying something. What do each of them buy?

Joe is coaxed by a vendor to buy the watermelon. He only does it to remain in hiding while Anne stops at a store to admire some shoes. Joe later gives the watermelon to some children playing near the fountain.


Anne decides to get a short haircut to change her appearance. What is the name of her barber?

Mario is interested in Anne and invites her to a dance later that evening. He is pleased with her new hairstyle.


Bradley pretends to run into Anne again and they decide to spend the day together. From where does Anne tell him she ran away?

Anne tells Bradley she only meant to sneak off for an hour or two. Bradley coaxes her into taking some time out for herself for the day before going back. She agrees.


When Irving meets up with Bradley and the princess at a sidewalk cafe, Anne continues to build on her false identity. Which is a lie she tells?

Anne just wants to blend in, so "Smith" seems like a natural choice for her last name. She seems to like Irving giving her the nickname "Smitty" and doesn't object.


Irving is let in on Bradley's ruse to get a story on the princess. In order to take photos of her, what does he use as a hidden camera?

Initially he uses the lighter, but later comes out with lens a-blazing with the regular camera when she is distracted on their adventures.


Bradley has a side bet going with his boss that he can get an exclusive interview with the princess. How much is the side bet for?

Bradley is very confident he will win the bet since the princess is being guarded at his apartment. He realizes the story could be worth up to $5,000.


Exploring Rome together, Anne and Bradley manage to get arrested by the police. What did they do and how do they manage to get out of it?

When Anne tries to operate the motorbike on her own, Bradley jumps on the back to try to control the bike. They end up at the police station telling yet more lies to get out of trouble, to which Irving comments, "Joe's a wonderful liar."


Which of the day's activities creates some hesitation in both Joe and Anne about the lies they have each been telling?

According to the local stories, if you place your hand in the "mouth of truth," it will bite your hand if you are lying. Both Anne and Joe hesitate to place their hand in.


When Joe takes Anne to a local dance, the undercover agents swarm and try to recover the princess. Chaos ensues, fights break out, and Anne is photographed doing what?

Despite the fray, Anne eagerly participates. Mario the barber jumps in to help, and the musicians continue to play.


Where and when do Anne and Joe share their first kiss?

Shivering from her wet clothes, the princess is warmed by Joe's arms and her feelings for him. They kiss and say nothing to spoil the moment. They each know it cannot go anywhere.


Which quote is said by Joe, which captures one of the themes in the movie?

He is saying this both for himself and the princess. He knows he can't be with a princess, and he knows she can't be anything but a princess.


What does Anne ask of Joe when he drops her off to return to her residence?

The princess avoids telling Joe the truth of her identity. He drops her off a short distance away from the Embassy, where she hopes she will slip off without him never knowing the truth.


Joe and Irving next see the princess at a press conference. Aside from their intent gazes at one another throughout the conference, what secretive verbal confirmation does the princess give Joe of her feelings for him while shaking hands with each of the press members?

This was her way of showing how much the day they spent together meant to her. He is reassured he did the right thing in deciding not to sell the story.


Irving presents the princess with "commemorative" pictures from her visit. Which specific one does she peek at from the envelope?

This is a happy memory because it is a record of her doing whatever she wanted to do and likely won't get to do again. It also signals Irving's loyalty to their secret.


What is the final shot of the movie?

Joe realizes he had a perfect day with the perfect princess, and sometimes that is enough.


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