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Malta Story (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  5 August 1954 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Air CO Frank
Anthony Steel ...
Wing Cmdr Bartlett
Muriel Pavlow ...
Maria Gonzar
Renée Asherson ...
Joan Rivers (as Renee Asherson)
Hugh Burden ...
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Giuseppe Gonzar aka Ricardi
Reginald Tate ...
Vice Adm Payne
Ralph Truman ...
Vice Adm Willie Banks
Flora Robson ...
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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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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ANOTHER SOLID WAR FILM FROM EALING STUDIOS
4 May 2002 | by (Swindon, England) – See all my reviews

A no-frills account of the siege of the mediterranean island of Malta during WW2. Most of the action is seen through the eyes of a very young Alec Guinness, a reconnaissance photographer stranded on Malta en route to Egypt. While on the island he romances a local girl in between hazardous flying missions. Much weight is given to the courage of the islanders in the face of appalling hardships, for which the island was awarded the George Cross by the British.

The British cast (mainly now deceased) is distinguished, and stiff upper lips are much in evidence.


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