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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Heróica See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Late in the movie there is a shot of a merchant ship with a huge hole in her bow. This is actual footage of the Brisbane Star, part of the Pedestal convoy, which remarkably completed the trip under her own power. 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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Ultra significant war movie
11 March 2007 | by hugh.blanchardSee all my reviews

It is a gripping story that is told about the efforts made to make use of that stationary aircraft carrier in the middle of the Mediterranean. It is also poignant that Alec Guinness should play the part of a reconnaissance pilot because it is just this ruse that the British used to pretend that they hadn't broken the Italian and German ciphers thus enabling them to sink all the Gerry troop ships and always be just in time everywhere. A lame performance by the cast is diverted by the backdrop of a desperate situation on a tiny island that has been invaded by every great power since anyone can remember. If Ultra hadn't done it stuff these people would have been run over even though the Axis forces would have lost the war in the long run.


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