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Above Us the Waves (1955)

The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during the Second World War.

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Cmdr. Fraser
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Lt Alec Duffy
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Lt Tom Corbett
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Adm. Ryder
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Smart
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Abercrombie
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Captain of the Tirpitz
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Cox
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Ramsey
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German Officer
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McCleery
Cyril Chamberlain ...
CPO Chubb
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George (as Anthony Wager)
Leslie Weston ...
Winley
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Diver Navigator, X2
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Storyline

In World War II, the greatest threat to the British navy is the German battleship Tirpitz. Being anchored in a Norwegian fjord, it is impossible to attack it with any chance of success. But the navy trains a special commando to attack it, using little submarines to plant underwater explosives under it. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The amazing story of the Navy's undersea midget raiders! See more »

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26 October 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is based on both the actual Chariot human torpedo attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War as well as Operation Source, which was a series of attacks by X-class midget submarines on Nazi warships Tirpitz, Scharnhorst and Lutzow in northern Norway during World War II. See more »

Goofs

The 100' Submarine Escape Training Tank in the early scenes wasn't built until 1954. Prior to this, it was a 15' tank. See more »

Quotes

Adm. Ryder: What the devil's that?
Cmdr. Fraser: Proof sir.
Adm. Ryder: Proof?
Cmdr. Fraser: Yes sir. Those were dummy charges on the hull of this ship. If they hadn't been dummies, you'd be on the bottom now sir, for the duration.
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Soundtracks

The Sky Boat Song
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Arranged by Arthur Benjamin
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A wonderful film
20 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is yet another example of the fantastic films that Britain USED TO MAKE. Great acting, powerful direction and real emotion.

I saw in at the cinema a few weeks back and it really still packs a punch. I must get this one and others like the Cruel Sea on DVD.

If only we could make films like this again.

Why is it that we could make such great films 30 or 40 years back and now we have so many problems? Actually I think I know that answer to that one already.

I think that it would be interesting to remake this film but it would have to be made by a top flight director I think


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