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Above Us the Waves (1955)

 |  Drama, War  |  26 October 1956 (USA)
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The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during the Second World War.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cmdr. Fraser
John Gregson ...
Lt Alec Duffy
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Lt Tom Corbett
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Adm. Ryder
Michael Medwin ...
Smart
James Kenney ...
Abercrombie
O.E. Hasse ...
Captain of the Tirpitz (as O. E. Hasse)
Lee Patterson ...
Cox
William Russell ...
Ramsey
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German Officer
Harry Towb ...
McCleery
Cyril Chamberlain ...
CPO Chubb
Tony Wager ...
George (as Anthony Wager)
Leslie Weston ...
Winley
Lyndon Brook ...
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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Their Orders...Sink the Tirpitz! See more »

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Drama | War

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26 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Above Us the Waves  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the sixth most popular film at the British box office in 1955. See more »

Goofs

The sub machine guns have wooden stock so are definitely not Stirlings which have curved magazines also. They look more like MP28 Schmiessers (not to be confused with the falsely named MP38/40) or Erma EMP35 which would have been in second line naval service at the time. (They may have been Austrian/Swiss Steyr-Solthuthurn MP34/S1-100 or even British Lanchester MK1 which were used by the RN in the war.) See more »

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Soundtracks

The Sky Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Arthur Benjamin
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Unimpressed by unintentional satire
11 August 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews



If anything essays the upstairs-downstairs values of England, this film does it. Hilarious. Above decks its all 'Well done chaps..' Below decks its more 'Right oh Guv! Almost the archetypal stiff-upper lip British movie of all time. It seems like a satire, but I sure they were all deadly serious.


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