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The Malta Story [DVD]

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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow, Renée Asherson
  • Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Writers: Peter De Sarigny, Hugh P. Lloyd, Nigel Balchin, Thorold Dickinson, William Fairchild
  • Producers: Earl St. John, Peter De Sarigny
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001E5TLK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wartime drama starring Alec Guiness as Peter Ross, an RAF reconnaisance photographer assigned to trace and destroy an Italian convoy threatening to invade Malta. As the Luftwaffe threatens, Ross's romance with a local girl hangs in the balance.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Crook on 7 Nov. 2007
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The suffering that the people of Malta went through during WW2 has largely been forgotten in the UK.

This film tries to show how much hardship was born by the Maltese and the British military on the island. It does it by conjuring a romance between an RAF pilot and a local girl, and generally it succeeds.

At the time the film was made parts of Malta were still showing the damage done by German bombing and the harbour and military installations were much as they had been during the war, making ground based scenes look quite authentic. Unfortunately, the films budget didn't run to halfway decent model work and anything showing planes in the air (that's not archive footage) is embarrassingly poor even for the day. At least being black and white, archive footage blends in pretty well.

The acting can be a bit emotionless at times (too much stiff upper lip perhaps), but Alec Guiness is excellent as the rather introvert pilot and he has good support from the likes of Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel and Flora Robson.

Even allowing for it being an idealised portrayal of events on Malta, this film gives us a glimpse of what things must have been like for those involved and why the Maltese were awarded the George Cross Medal.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By M. Hall on 28 Oct. 2006
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This is a good war film. It captures the time well it does have a boy meets girl bit but that is not the main theme. It concentrates on the courage of an Island, its people and the waste of war. The visual effects are strictly 1950s but nevertheless they tell the story. Good acting, true events and a bit of true British stiff upper lip. In hindsight the film captures a time when country mattered, when discipline was a way of life, when courage was valued, when morality meant something and sacrifice was expected - perhaps we could learn from it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MichaelT on 21 April 2011
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This classic film is what would now be called a "dramatised documentary" rather than a simple narrative story. Although the style and dialogue are somewhat dated, it brings to life the written accounts of the physical and emotional hardships of the Island of Malta in the wartime seige of 1940 - 1943, based on real historical events. It is a perfect complement to the book "Fortess Malta - An Island Under Seige" written by James Holland in 2003, from which the events and stories can be recognised. Location filming was in Malta in the early 1950s, when the wartime destruction was still in evidence. Many wartime planes were still flying at the time of filming and contribute authentic flying sequences. Anyone who has visited Malta will recognise the locations, and appreciate the story that the film tells.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Mitchell on 29 Mar. 2013
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having been to Malta recently and learn't of the struggles of the Maltese people and the Allied forces based there this film helps recreate the drama and emotion of the time. The Lascaris war rooms are still open to the public and they have 2 very dedicated volunteers to explain in detail what went on down there. As for the DVD it was delivered promptly and in the condition described. Thumbs up all round and back to the mess for tea and biscuits!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susan grech on 25 Jan. 2013
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One of my relatives lived in Malta at the time depicted in this film and gave me first hand accounts of how the islanders suffered during the Second World War, There is a romantic storyline , but basically reflects the events that occurred
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverley on 7 Jan. 2013
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I really enjoyed this film and even got the wife to watch it (to which she said she enjoyed it) I then passed it to an old war hero who had served in Malta who said he enjoyed watching it and it brought back memories for hi. Great watch
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Welshandrew on 17 Jan. 2011
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The Malta Story is a great war time drama and the fantastic story of how Malta helped win the war is amazing. Sadly the black and white does Malta no justice, it is a lovely, vibrant and colourful place. I dont often wish for colourisation but this would be worth it.
As a wartime adventure though it has great actors, romance and very decent special effects. The flying shots mix in with real footage well. I went to Malta recently and can see why the main character lost his heart there!
A good price for a great film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Massimo Santilli on 18 Feb. 2010
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The British attempt to defend Malta from the invasion of Italy and Germany. Beautiful scenes of formation flights, and good photography of the places in black and white.
A classic of another era. Recorded shortly after the war he tackles the issues in perspective patriotic, between love and sacrifice, mixing excellent scenes of real airplanes with "painful" pseudo animations. A bath in the memory of those who has "some" years more, with the memory of the first films seen in the cinema.
An interesting "documentary" for major youth. Certainly do not expect a Hollywood spectacle, but you will find the honest work with an artisan as Sir Alec Guinness always at his high.
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