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Malta Story


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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow, Renee Asherson
  • Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004R6EFAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Alec Guinness stars as Peter Ross, a World War II pilot photographer, who is forced to land in Malta. The island of Malta is vital to the British supply lines to North Africa. Lying just south of Italy and North of Africa, Malta is vital to the Axis powers as well. They want it and Britain's small garrison means to keep her! The island is constantly under attack from the air. Supply convoys to the island struggle to deliver much needed supplies. When it's discovered that an invasion of Malta is imminent, the determined and heavily outnumbered British go on the offensive attacking Italian and German convoys before they can launch their assault!

Customer Reviews

Very well written with good acting.
Philos
That the British were able to hold off a German invasion on this small, isolated island testifies to the strong spirit shown by Great Britain throughout World War Two.
J. Taylor
Excellent characters and narrative structure.
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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on September 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The Malta Story is well worth watching, for it provides the viewer with a good, overall history lesson of the battle for Malta. That the British were able to hold off a German invasion on this small, isolated island testifies to the strong spirit shown by Great Britain throughout World War Two. In some ways, it reminds me of the battle for Corregidor, which was actually taking place during the same time. Of course, the circumstances and outcomes were different in both battles. By watching this movie, the viewer comes away with an appreciation for the sacrifices and casualties endured by British soldiers and sailors, in addition to many Maltese civilian deaths.
One interesting aspect about the battle for Malta is that it was one of the first times in the war that the United States used an aircraft carrier - the USS Wasp ferried RAF spitfires from Britain to Malta. These aircraft were vital for the island's defense. The movie honors the United States for the use of the Wasp with a fitting performance of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Alec Guinness does a good job portraying an RAF photo-reconnaissance pilot. His character is warm and sincere. The other British characters are quintessentially British, stiff upper lip and all. The woman who plays Guinness' love interest also gives a good performance. She was quite beautiful and rather charming.
The action scenes are fun to watch, and are quite good for a 1953 film. All in all, The Malta Story is a good war movie that showcases an important part of World War Two history. I highly recommend it.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dimitrios on December 11, 2006
Format: DVD
Some may think that old war movies can not be compared with the modern ones because of the lack of super high-tech effects and millions of dollars which current productions have in ambudance. Although it is true that no old movie can give you the terrific visual effects of "Saving Private Ryan" they do have some advantages, especially when the theme is about World War II. First of all, they were closer to the real time of the war, thus the heroes, the faces, the mentality, the materials, the surroundings and even the language are much more realistic than any modern director could ever hope for. "The Malta Story" belongs to this category of excellent old British war films, picturing the drama of the besieged Malta in 1942, through the story of a young RAF reconnaissance pilot strandled on the island. There are fine scenes of air battle, of the terrible bombardment by the Luftwaffe and the convoys' desperate efforts to reach the island. The story of tanker "Ohio" of the "Pedestal" convoy is especially well presented. Those old days the director had numerous authentic Spitfires at his disposal and he used these legendary fighters in a marvellous way!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. D Lawson on April 25, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
What more could a man ask for in a War Film? What with the following: A small strategic island that lays in the way of the enemies supply line. A ruthless, cunning enemy doing its best to put it out of the fight. The British loyally doing their best to supply the heroic Maltese with huge losses of men and ships in the process. (We even helped out with the loan of the Aircraft Carrier Wasp to deliver some much needed replacement Spitfires.)

A good love story and some really strong actors who seem to be at their best. That and for the time some very good special effects with a ending you don't expect.Altogether a tape that is well worth the coin. I just hope that the DVD comes out soon!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Saviour Gauci on May 11, 2011
Format: DVD
The film `The Malta Story' is a great tribute to both the British and the Maltese soldiers including civilians, were both got involved in the hardship of this historical island. Both the British and the Maltese soldiers fought to keep Hitler of ever invading Malta. If Hitler managed to invade Malta, history could be much different. During the non stop bombings over the strategic places on the island, such as the airfields and the ports, which were constantly bombed. Fortunately the film was made when parts of Valletta and the three cities, on the other side of Grand Harbour, where actual evidence of war were still there.
The three worst instances when Malta was so hard hit were, The Attack on the Aircraft Carrier `HMS Illustrious', which for more than 24hours it was continuously attacked while it was being repaired in Grand Harbour. (A Tribute to my father who during those attacks he was a gunner on one of the anti-aircraft guns which surrounded Grand Harbour. Luckily he survived the ordeal and continued firing on the German Luftwaffe till the end of the war).
The other; was the ordeal of the most welcomed convoy especially the tanker Ohio. Most of the footage seen in the film was authentic as were also the scenes of Maltese praying and waiting for the convoy around the harbour. If it did not arrive, Malta could have had to surrender.
Then there was the arrest of that Maltese who was caught spying for the Italians. He used to be brought close to Malta; I believe in a submarine, and then paddles in a dingy towards the island of Gozo.
I don't want to forget, that Malta received the George Cross for bravery from King George of England; of which we are so proud.
Malta is just 120 sq Miles (320 Sq Kilometers; a floating rock; but it has a very big heart and an incredible history.
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