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      The Malta Story

      1954 1 hr. 43 min. War List
      Reviews 61% 100+ Ratings Audience Score During World War II, British photo-reconnaissance pilot Peter (Alec Guinness) discovers that the Italians are planning a secret invasion of Malta, a strategically important island nation critical to keeping the Allied supply lines open. Though they have few resources left, Peter and his commanding officer, Frank (Jack Hawkins), resolve to fight off the enemy and save the island. At the same time, Peter struggles to keep his relationship with a local girl from falling apart. Read More Read Less

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      Jim P You may not like war movies, but this one shows the struggles of the ordinary people. Malta was practically besieged, so you will see plenty of courage and bravery here. Well worth a look. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review ashley h Malta Story is a decent film. It is about the island of Malta is attacked by the Germans but defended by the British. Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins give good performances. The screenplay is slow in places. Brian Desmond Hurst did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the adventure and drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review s r Ambitious, but it fell short in the screenplay and direction. It's a shame because there was some good stuff here. It was a good time piece of WW2 and Malta. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great Arial shots and even plane crash footage included here, tho a bit talky in the beginning. The ever focused Alec Guinness brings gravity to the film after it's slow start. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member a 100 minute film that seems much longer Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Misfortune by geography to be smack in the middle of supply and trade routes since ancient times. That made it desirable real estate. Malta's been occupied by every conqueror operating in that area, most recently the British during World War II. At that time that island with its air and naval base was doing a lot of damage to Erwin Rommel's supply route in North Africa. With unbelievable courage the British garrison held on for over two years and was never really out of harm's way until the Allies took Sicily--A Mix of Cinematic Journalism and Romantic Love in a Threatened Little Island!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine The air-war sequences and on-the-spot Maltese photography are magnificently persuasive. Nov 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis During World War II, British photo-reconnaissance pilot Peter (Alec Guinness) discovers that the Italians are planning a secret invasion of Malta, a strategically important island nation critical to keeping the Allied supply lines open. Though they have few resources left, Peter and his commanding officer, Frank (Jack Hawkins), resolve to fight off the enemy and save the island. At the same time, Peter struggles to keep his relationship with a local girl from falling apart.
      Director
      Brian Desmond Hurst
      Executive Producer
      Earl St. John
      Screenwriter
      William Fairchild, Nigel Balchin
      Production Co
      British Film-Makers
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 7, 2019
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