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½ February 8, 2015
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.
½ January 30, 2015
a 100 minute film that seems much longer
½ January 14, 2015
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!!
½ November 13, 2013
A solid war movie showcasing the resilience of the Maltese, those stationed there and those sailing and flying to and from it. The use of locations still not rebuilt following the war lends authenticity and atmosphere to the piece. Alec Guiness and his co-stars turn in strong performances - all in all an interesting look at life on the island during wartime.
½ January 15, 2013
Detail rich war-mance highlighted by the incomparable Alec Guinness. Action packed WWII drama.
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½ May 26, 2012
Detail rich war-mance highlighted by the incomparable Alec Guinness. Action packed WWII drama.
August 28, 2011
All the right elements seemed to be there, but this one never came together. It did have its moments though.
August 19, 2010
In 1942, Britain is trying hard to keep Malta while invasion seems imminent and Italians and Germans are regularly bombing the airfields and towns regardless. The RAF fight to survive against the odds using the few planes available. Flight Lt. Peter Ross, an archaeologist, is posted to Egypt but is stranded in Malta due to the air attacks. He is then asked to join the RAF squadron there as an air reconnaissance pilot. He meets Maria, a lovely Maltese girl working in the RAF operations room. The two fall in love and spend a few romantic hours in the Neolithic temples of Mnajdra and ?a?ar Qim on the island.

In the meantime, the situation becomes desperate. Many civilians are buried daily under the rubble, and famine is threatening their survival, as relief convoys become easy prey to the numerous attacks by air. Peter proposes marriage to Maria although they realise that wartime is not favourable to love affairs, as her mother suggests. Nevertheless the young couple remain hopeful of the future. In the meantime, Maria?s brother is arrested while trying to infiltrate the island from Italy, obviously on a spying mission, for which he will be executed (which is based on the real story of Carmelo Borg Pisani). Maria?s mother lives a double drama.

The island relies on the last few ships of a convoy for supplies. The scene of the heroic tanker SS Ohio (real footage) arriving half sunk in Valletta harbour is the apex of glory for the defenders and the island of Malta collectively receives the George Cross from Britain's King George VI.

The RAF holds on, and is eventually able to take the offensive, targeting enemy shipping on its way to Rommel in Libya. Many air raids take place either to defend the island with Spitfires or a number of torpedo planes, like the Beauforts, which succeed in sinking Italian tankers. There comes the moment when the most important enemy convoy is on its way to Libya under cover of poor visibility. Peter's commanding officer (Jack Hawkins) needs desperately to locate this target and orders him to find it at any cost. Peter, flying in his Spitfire, finally finds it, but has to stay close to keep contact. He is attacked by six Messerschmitt Bf 109Fs. Peter stays calm, but cannot escape his fate; he is shot down and killed, while Maria in the operations room listens helplessly to his radio broadcasts.
February 1, 2010
I think I've seen most of this
January 12, 2010
an excelent Alec Guiness
January 9, 2010
Uninteresting piece of ex post propaganda
½ December 25, 2009
Typical British stiff upper lip, but well acted by the great Guinness and Hawkins. Also very good use of actual wartime footage. Some dodgy effects but the story is good, so that's not a problem. Definitely worth watching if you're interested in WWII and/or classic British war films.
August 23, 2009
A good movie based on fact. Very enjoyable to watch. The entry of the SS Ohio into Valetta harbour was all actual film footage and protrayed very well the conditions under which the Maltese lived during the war
May 28, 2009
A homage to the island's stoic resistance during World War 2, which has unfortunately dated badly and prooves Alex Guinness could not convincingly portray every role - here he fails miserably in the romance stakes, loing visibly uncomfortable.
½ February 4, 2009
British stiff-upper-lip war film. Great actors, good story. A 50's British war film that would have been played to an audience of war veterans, so it had to be good.
½ September 7, 2008
Stiff-upper-lip heroics from the beseized British, weighted much more heavily towards endurance and survival than ultimate victory. Guinness and Hawkins, as always, are both excellent but, as intended, the real hero is the people of the island itself.
½ August 24, 2008
Good insight into the battle for Malta - having been to the island a couple of years back, it was great to finally see the film.
July 18, 2008
Alec Guinness, great film actor though he was, was never a romantic lead... as this film proves. Cliched, predictable stuff, only partly salvaged by the dramatic finale in which we hear Alec's Spitfire being downed over the radio receiver.
½ March 8, 2008
An excellent isolated war story neatly dedicated to the island that resisted in the Med. The love story is quite generic but it is all well done and rather a different setting for a WWII film.
December 19, 2007
Guinnes and Hawkins = Want to see it
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