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Malta Story (1953)

In World War II, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans, but staunchly defended by the British.

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Thorold Dickinson (idea), Peter De Sarigny (idea) (as Peter de Sarigny) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alec Guinness ... Flight Lt. Peter Ross
Jack Hawkins ... Air CO Frank
Anthony Steel ... Wing Cmdr Bartlett
Muriel Pavlow ... Maria Gonzar
Renée Asherson ... Joan Rivers (as Renee Asherson)
Hugh Burden ... Eden, Security
Nigel Stock ... Giuseppe Gonzar aka Ricardi
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Vice Adm Payne
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Vice Adm Willie Banks
Flora Robson ... Melita Gonzar, Maria's Mum
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Storyline

In 1942, Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, a Royal Air Force reconnaissance photographer's romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1953 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Heróica See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The footage of the stricken Ohio being towed into harbor is footage of the actual event, shot in 1942. See more »

Goofs

The continuity "goof" above is wrong. There are two arrivals of Spitfires. The one at 30 minutes is the one referred to, but they aren't allocated numbers. The allocation of numbers takes place on the second arrival of 60 Spitfires at about 60 minutes and all are allocated numbers with ground crew holding boards with the numbers on. See more »

Quotes

[during an air-raid, Peter Ross's plane lands temporarily for refuelling at Malta on its way to Cairo; everyone hurries off the plane and takes cover in trenches]
Flight Lt. Peter Ross: Is it *always* like this?
Eden, Security: Usually. Colourful, isn't it. They'll refuel as soon as they get a chance and get you off.
[the plane they have just arrived on is hit by a bomb and goes up in flames]
Eden, Security: Sorry. Cancel my last remark.
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Opening credits prologue: MALTA 1942 See more »

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Malta home win on penalties
27 July 2013 | by pacareSee all my reviews

Well what can one say. A good effort in trying to show the heroism of the Island, of the heroic Maltese who endured so much, and of all the heroic allied servicemen within an extremely limited financial budget by the look of it. Guinness can't cut being a 'love lead' and was embarrassingly uncomfortable in the role, despite his undoubted great acting talents in other more suitable roles. Steel was a man of the time, but let's just say politely not of now. Jack Hawkins coasts through with his pained Cruel Sea look and carries the film. The aerial models win the wooden acting awards just from the actors, and I half expected to see Sooty and Sweep pulling the strings on the models just behind the scenes. The supposed German ability to have 6 ME109s on your tail wherever you are only just a few seconds after you transmit a radio message makes one's mind boggle and this farcical "Fact" is made the supposedly end focal point of the film; but leaving such laughable crapola fact of the highest order aside means that I shall say no more on the subject, and it still leaves a good film!

Having said all that well done to all for trying to portray this great story. I've been to Malta and give my thanks and admiration to a wonderful steadfast courageous people who helped save our butts.


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