MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,599 this week

Malta Story (1953)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  5 August 1954 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 906 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 6 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Writers:

(idea), (idea) (as Peter de Sarigny) , 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 26 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 06 May 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 
a list of 44 titles
created 28 Jan 2014
 
a list of 26 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Malta Story" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Malta Story (1953)

Malta Story (1953) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Malta Story.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A middle-aged widower (Guinness) and his son go to Paris on vacation and try to find wives for each other in this charming romantic comedy. In HD.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Odile Versois, Vernon Gray
The Promoter (1952)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson
The Prisoner (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war and afterward his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Wilfrid Lawson
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of a RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Andrew Osborn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister
Desert Patrol (1958)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A small British army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. Whilst they are there they spot a large number... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Richard Attenborough, John Gregson, Michael Craig
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The bigamist captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.

Director: Anthony Kimmins
Stars: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Four men in their tank, during the Korean War in 1951, find themselves behind enemy lines.

Director: Sherman A. Rose
Stars: Don Kelly, Leslie Parrish, Edward G. Robinson Jr.
Dunkirk (1958)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two stories in one - an easygoing British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Norman
Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Robert Urquhart
The Cruel Sea (1953)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Re-enactment of World War 2 Battle of Arnhem. Later lavishly remade as A Bridge Too Far.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Stanley Maxted, Thomas Scullion, Allan Wood
The Mudlark (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria which he thinks so beautiful he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, he... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness, Andrew Ray
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Air CO Frank
Anthony Steel ...
Wing Cmdr Bartlett
Muriel Pavlow ...
Maria Gonzar
Renée Asherson ...
Joan Rivers (as Renee Asherson)
Hugh Burden ...
Eden, Security
...
Giuseppe Gonzar aka Ricardi
Reginald Tate ...
Vice Adm Payne
Ralph Truman ...
Vice Adm Willie Banks
Flora Robson ...
Melita Gonzar, Maria's Mum
Edit

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 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

NOW ! Another Great Performance in the ALEC GUINNESS Hall of Fame ! ...

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 August 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Heróica  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

MG Y/T convertible touring car appears in one scene of this movie. there were only 877 of these ever built. Very few were ever sent to the are that was the setting for this movie. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene in the movie where a 4 seat convertible is parked in front of a bomber and a few guys are up on the wing of the plane performing maintenance. The car is a 1948 or 1949 MG YT. Clearly this car would not have been available in the time period in which the movie is set. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: MALTA 1942 See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tally Ho Trash!
3 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Another British cinema flag waver. Real garbage on offer here once again. I cannot understand (and I am British) why this over the top, patriotic nonsense was ever made. EIGHT years mark you, from when the second world war had actually ended! Other commenter's here have remarked on the editing and apparent seamless use of archive footage. This is extremely poorly observed. The archive footage is in abundance. Model aircraft swing from wires in the 'action scenes' like so many children's kites in the wind. The usual map room sequences tattoo the movie to make us supposedly drawn into the whole Malta event. Guinness must have his worst acting performance ever. The shocking back drop dog fight scenes are laughable. Hawkins bores us all to death in the map room area. Ealing made many great movies. This clearly is not one of them. They should have stayed away from such unconvincing rot!


4 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hurricanes neil-321
Similar to the storyline to the true story of pilot Adrian Warburton spyott
am researching info on the making of this movie Jean_Pierre_Borg
different runtime in the UK and the US Jean_Pierre_Borg
The Ohio denmans
Denis Barnham donkei
Discuss Malta Story (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?