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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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Drama | History | War

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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

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, Cyprus, and Gibraltar. If the Axis had taken Malta, it would still have had to capture the harbor of Alexandria, which the British would have destroyed rather than surrender. More than eighty-five percent 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 »

Quotes

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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Excellent war film spoiled by silly love story and miscasting
5 February 2018 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I have not seen this film for many years and was interested to see it again on Talking Pictures last night.I was in Malta just over 2 months ago.I recognised so many features from this film.I visited the war tunnels and the ops room depicted in this film as well as the citadel.The film was a fairly faithful depiction of events.It is a pity they decided to include a silly love story.Alec Guineas is woefully miscast as an RAF pilot.


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