MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 203 this week

Above Us the Waves (1955)

 -  Drama | War  -  26 October 1956 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 727 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 6 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 29 May 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 20 Sep 2011
 
a list of 801 titles
created 26 May 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 Aug 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Above Us the Waves (1955)

Above Us the Waves (1955) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Above Us the Waves.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Cruel Sea (1953)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook
Dunkirk (1958)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two stories in one - an easygoing British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Norman
Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Robert Urquhart
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German POW camp housed in a Medieval castle.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: John Mills, Eric Portman, Christopher Rhodes
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Director: José Ferrer
Stars: José Ferrer, Trevor Howard, Dora Bryan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of a RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Andrew Osborn
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner
Desert Patrol (1958)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A small British army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. Whilst they are there they spot a large number... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Richard Attenborough, John Gregson, Michael Craig
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Cmdr. Fraser
John Gregson ...
Lt Alec Duffy
...
Lt Tom Corbett
...
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
...
German Officer
Harry Towb ...
McCleery
Cyril Chamberlain ...
CPO Chubb
Tony Wager ...
George (as Anthony Wager)
Leslie Weston ...
Winley
Lyndon Brook ...
Diver Navigator, X2
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Above Us the Waves  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The central event of Above us the Waves is the x-craft attack on the battleship Tirpitz. The Captain of x-craft 5, was in reality Henty Henty-Creer. Before the second world war Henty Creer was a film camera man and worked on 49th Parallel, The Thief of Bagdad and The Four Feathers. 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 »

Connections

Featured in War Stories (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sky Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Arthur Benjamin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Above us the Waves" is a typical British production with artisan touch, recommended to fans of naval issues and the history of World War II.
29 January 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The action puts us in 1943. The staff of the Royal Navy, decided to eliminate the threat to British maritime traffic the presence of the powerful German battleship Tirpitz in a fjord on the Norwegian coast, decided to organize a secret operation with the aim of destroying the enemy ship. To do this, choose to use the submarines dwarfs Mark I, an experimental weapon to be used for the first time in this dangerous mission.

"Above us the Waves"is a British production of the 1950 that reconstructs the events surrounding the so-called Operation "Source", a daring raid by submarine on the Norwegian coast dwarfs with the aim of destroying the battleship Tirpitz, the mighty battleship Twin Bismarck. The story of the film was based on the book "Above Us the Waves" by Charles Warren, one of the participants in the real mission. Elimination of the Tirpitz, hiding since 1942 in the safe haven of its impenetrable Norwegian base, became a real obsession for the British Admiralty, determined to destroy all the dangerous coast German ship. When the air raids were futile, they decided to use the experimental pocket submarines to infiltrate the refuge protected fjord where the Tirpitz, launching from mother submarines a short distance from the coast six minis X class submarines.

It must be said that Operation "Source " resulted in a relative success, and that although it lost all the mini submarines, the bursting of two explosive charges under the waterline of the Tirpitz knocked out the German battleship for 6 months, until finally, in November 1944 the RAF finally destroyed using special bombs "Tallboy" 5 tons.

The film pays tribute to the brave crew of the British dwarf submarines, were able to successfully attack the Tirpitz. The production, which had historical and technical advice to the commander of submarines Donald Fraser, it gave realistic underwater scenes in the very successful for the time. Likewise, the material used was equal to the original that was used in W.W II, so how realistic the film is very high. Moreover, the film features the typical elements of the sub genre submarine, with moments of tension, depth charges, and a race against the clock to attack the Tirpitz. Within this genre the film offers nothing new, the truth is that in the first third of footage slows, but generally offers a good dose of underwater action, as well as reconstruct faithfully recreates the historical facts.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Simon's review walterlzw
confused at the ending?? moviefiend-1
Today's news about a real person attacking the Tirpitz Jandora
An inside joke? jan-603
historical accuracy ken613uk
trivia on this film paul-aylott103
Discuss Above Us the Waves (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?