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The Malta Story [DVD]

Alec Guinness , Jack Hawkins , Brian Desmond Hurst    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001E5TLK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,297 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor classic. 7 Nov 2007
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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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be passed over 28 Oct 2006
By M. Hall
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War-time seige of Malta brought to life 21 April 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Malta Story - if only it was colour! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
VCI Entertainment and A Theta Film Production presents "THE MALTA STORY" (1953) (103 min/B&W) -- Starring Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow, Renée Asherson, Hugh Burden, Nigel Stock, Reginald Tate, Ralph Truman & Flora Robson

Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst

VCI brings another great film from the British Invasion, as the British are coming
shown in the BONUS PROMO.

Most of the action is seen through the eyes of a very young Alec Guinness, a reconnaissance photographer stranded on Malta en route to Egypt. While on the island he romances a local girl in between hazardous flying missions. A no-frills account of the siege of the Mediterranean island of Malta during WW2. Much weight is given to the courage of the islanders in the face of appalling hardships, for which the island was awarded the George Cross by the British.

Viewers are drawn into the emotion and circumstance of the onscreen drama unfolding. Calling it a "stiff upper lip" may be one easy way to deal with the visual honesty, of those who are caught in a life and death situation.

Action score by the great composer William Alwyn gives this film a powerful documentary feel to it.

Near the final scene Guinness is requested by Hawkins to give location of the fleet and the
look on both actors is priceless, drama at it's best - unforgettable.

Overall, a very tense and well-written film that is great for history and aircraft buffs.

1. Brian Desmond Hurst (Director)
Date of Birth: 12 February 1895 - Castlereagh, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Date of Death: 26 September 1986 - London, England, UK

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected thid film to be like that 24 May 2010
It's one of the many films about lonely England fighting against a nazi-conquered Europe. There is some foreseeable propaganda, but the touch is light enough and I enjoyed the pictures of that time when I was boy 13 years old in Italy and fascist radio reported daily bombing on Malta: I wondered what hell was happening there, and this film answers my questions
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good WWII Movie about MALTA
As a young soldier I was posted to Malta, so it showed a lot about what happened there in WWII.
Published 20 days ago by Donald C. Seaman
3.0 out of 5 stars Malta during the war
Just back from my first holiday to Malta, just had to get the movie to see. A bit dated by watchable.
Published 5 months ago by Michael Hinch
5.0 out of 5 stars malta
very good film, good to watch most interesting. what more can I say.quick delivery excellent service cant wait to watch another
Published 6 months ago by nanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Malta story
I am Maltese but I still like to see this dvd as it shows me some places which are not still there or have changed
Published 7 months ago by Mariella Ellul Bonici
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to correct the positive reviews of this one
I'm a huge fan of Ealing films, and they made some real classics, but this is not one of them. Even if they didn't and couldn't (This was 40's / early 50's cinema) achieve a high... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Philip Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars A good account of what the Maltese people went through.
A good account of the horrible ordeal the Maltese people went through during the Second World War. The move also touches the much debated story of the 'traitor' who wanted to help... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nev
5.0 out of 5 stars Malta Story
Having just read the book Fortress Malta the film was very good but not as good as the book.Good scenes of Valetta.
Published 12 months ago by a peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
I get all the old DVD's for my mum she is malteese and she is missing Malta and love seeing the film
Published 13 months ago by michelle rita vella
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime tale with a twist
This monochrome film has become a staple of daytime television in recent times. It is set in war-torn Malta at the height of the Axis bombing raids on the island. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. W. LLOYD
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen better!
It was an interesting film, but having reecently visied Malta I was hoping to see more of the island in the film.
Published 15 months ago by hazel gruar
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