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Malta Story (1953)

In WW2, 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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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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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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First feature of Lee Patterson. 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 »

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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Opening credits prologue: MALTA 1942 See more »

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Interesting war footage, disappointing acting
5 May 2002 | by Linda LeeSee all my reviews

Very much a weekend afternoon film now, almost 50 years after it was made, this film gives an accurate portrayal of the wartime events which led to Malta's being awarded the George Cross. The footage of the air and sea battles is fascinating, but the acting is sadly wooden.

Jack Hawkins turns in his usual competent performance, but Alec Guiness is very bland. Flora Robson is an unlikely Maltese mother, symbolising the suffering of the island people. The other credited actresses, Muriel Pavlow and Renee Asherson, appear almost catatonic, and the two love affairs are utterly unconvincing.

A lot of the entertainment lies in spotting well-known faces in their younger days! No surprise to see Victor Maddern and Sam Kydd (whinging, but getting the job done!), Gordon Jackson (uncredited), a very young Rosalie Crutchley and an (almost) unrecognisable Nigel Stock!

Watch this to learn about Malta's wartime history, but choose another film if you want to see these famous names acting with some passion!


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