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Malta Story (1953)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 5 August 1954 (USA)
In WW2, 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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Air CO Frank
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Wing Cmdr Bartlett
Muriel Pavlow ...
Maria Gonzar
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Joan Rivers (as Renee Asherson)
Hugh Burden ...
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Giuseppe Gonzar aka Ricardi
Reginald Tate ...
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Ralph Truman ...
Vice Adm Willie Banks
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Melita Gonzar, Maria's Mum
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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 RAF 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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5 August 1954 (USA)  »

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A Ilha Heróica  »

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1.37 : 1
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The siege of Malta made no difference to the outcome of the North African campaign during World War II as the British were also occupying Alexandria and Gibraltar. More than 85% of fuel losses by the Axis forces occurred on land, not in the Mediterranean. 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 »

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Flight Lt. Peter Ross: Hello.
Maria Gonzar: Hello.
Flight Lt. Peter Ross: So... you weren't killed.
Maria Gonzar: No... I hardly ever am.
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Opening credits prologue: MALTA 1942 See more »

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A Mix of Cinematic Journalism and Romantic Love
5 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having just read "Tobruk" by Chester Wilmot, a journalist who spent time in the Tobruk siege and reported diligently about it, this piece informed me of another similar siege that I was unaware of. The use of archive footage is fascinating, mixed in with a simple story of love that feels lighter and without the moralising heaviness and embarrassing "post modern" pretensions of many modern day films ... especially war films. Very much a product of it's time ... they really don't make them like this anymore. Some of it feels like a War time moral raising film. I even thought it was made in the war until I found out the 1953 date. But memories were still strong in those days of course, so there is a flavour of a story burning to be told to the world before times move on.


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