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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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A Ilha Heróica  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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The Spitfires that arrive on Malta in the early part of the film are low back models with teardrop canopies, which were not in wide spread service in 1942, when the film is set. See more »

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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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