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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Fri, 16 Apr 2010 | Review by: Micky B
This is the first of three highly-acclaimed movies that Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins made together. During World War II, the relatively small island of Malta was a natural strategic oupost for the Allies; being close to Sicilly, and also within flying range of North Africa where Field Marshall Rommel and his armoured troops were reaping havoc. An unbelievably young Alec Guinness plays Flight Lieutenant Peter Ross; a specialist aerial photographer who finds himself stranded on Malta - where Air Commodore Frank (Jack Hawkins) puts him and his talents to use immediately.
Third billing goes to Anthony Steele; a popular and good-looking British star of the 1950s, whose career went into a nose-dive shortly after he married statuesque Anita Ekberg in real life. Romantic interest in this one is supplied by attractive Belgian-born Muriel Pavlov, as Marcia. Despite hits like <i>Reach for the Sky</i> and others: Miss Pavlov never quite received the acclaim she deserved. However, the ultimate scene stealer in this production is undoubtedly Dame Flora Robson - who plays the relatively small part of Marcia's Maltese mother.
The film highlights the people and their living conditions in Malta during the early 1940s; when the island was sometimes bombed up to fifteen times during any given 24-hour period. The people's stoicism resulted tn the George Cross being awarded to the island as a whole by King George VI of Great Britain!
Having been made during the 1950s, the sound is monaural; however, the DVD version of the film has received Dolby enhancement...with outstanding results.
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