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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor classic.
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...
Published on 7 Nov 2007 by Mr. S. Crook

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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
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
Published on 24 May 2010 by Carlo Scarafiotti


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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
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Mr. S. Crook (Way out west) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Malta Story [DVD] (DVD)
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
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M. Hall "a Brit" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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 review is from: The Malta Story [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Malta Story (1953) ... Alec Guinness ... Brian Desmond Hurst (Director) (2011)", 20 May 2011
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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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.

BIOS:
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

2. Alec Guinness [aka: Alec Guinness de Cuffe]
Date of Birth: 2 April 1914 - Marylebone, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 5 August 2000 - Midhurst, Sussex, England, UK

3. Jack Hawkins [aka: John Edward Hawkins]
Date of Birth: 14 September 1910 - Wood Green, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 18 July 1973 - London, England, UK

4. Anthony Steel [aka: Anthony Maitland Steel]
Date of Birth: 21 May 1920 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 21 March 2001 - London, England, UK

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 103 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment ~ (May 3, 2011)
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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
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Carlo Scarafiotti (Torino, Italy) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Malta Story, 28 Jun 2013
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Having just read the book Fortress Malta the film was very good but not as good as the book.Good scenes of Valetta.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, 16 Jun 2013
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I get all the old DVD's for my mum she is malteese and she is missing Malta and love seeing the film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime tale with a twist, 13 April 2013
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Mr. M. W. LLOYD "Mike the busman" (Wigan, Lancs, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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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. It is hard to imagine today, but the entire island was under siege with shortages of everything, not least British aircraft to defend the place, which was an important British naval station at the time. The film primarily tells the story of the pilot of a reconnaisance aircraft whose missions send him far out from the island to locate and report on enemy shipping and aircraft manouevres. Being a film, it also has a love story between the pilot in question and a Maltese girl, but with a rather intriguing sub-plot involving the girl's brother who is one of (presumably) a minority of Maltese who strongly resented the British presence in their island, felt that the war was none of Malta's business, that Maltese were suffering hardship for no fault of their own, and allied themselves with the other side. The film is black and white and cleverly uses actual wartime footage of events intercut with the acting to give a very dramatic and moving story real life rather than just telling a two-dimensional tale of goodies and baddies. As someone who developed a great interest in Malta, I found it an excellent film which accurately reflected Maltese life as well as the usual British "war hero" stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen better!, 12 April 2013
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It was an interesting film, but having reecently visied Malta I was hoping to see more of the island in the film.
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