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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 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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The Factual Story of One of the Most Daring of Heroic Exploits of World War II...Becomes One of the Most Exciting Movies You've Ever Seen! See more »

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26 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operatie Tirpitz  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Original military equipment from World War II was accessed and used for the making of this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the captured Brits are being "escorted" down the gangway of the Tirpitz, the German sailors are prodding them not with German weapons, but British Sterling sub machine guns. See more »

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The Sky Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Arthur Benjamin
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A very Boy's Own Story
18 December 2007 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

OK so the script is mundane and the atmosphere is rather too pukha to be true, but I have no hesitation in recommending Above Us The Waves to all serious buffs out there. It's rather like a fanciful trip down memory lane into a bygone era that was very real to the actors but only a dream to us. The world in which public school educated Commanders strode up and down wharfs wearing immaculate stiff collars and Gieves and Hawkes tailored uniforms. The world in which a beaten enemy saluted their conquerors with trays of brandy and warm dry blankets. That's the real value of the film; it acts as a glimpse into that half forgotten world of sheer courage and decency that has long been lost in the senseless chase for mammon. When men gave their lives for honour and principal rather than offering their time for glamour and ego.

And the film has its moments of well staged tension to keep us alert. John Gregson and James Kenney give memorable performances when a mine drifts dangerously close to their surfaced sub and they must fend it off with outstretched feet. Don't listen to the detractors on this one

  • grab a good cup of strong cocoa and allow your dreams to drift back


in time.


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