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:
Cmdr. Fraser
John Gregson ...
Lt Alec Duffy
Lt Tom Corbett
Adm. Ryder
Michael Medwin ...
James Kenney ...
O.E. Hasse ...
Captain of the Tirpitz (as O. E. Hasse)
Lee Patterson ...
William Russell ...
German Officer
Harry Towb ...
Cyril Chamberlain ...
CPO Chubb
Tony Wager ...
George (as Anthony Wager)
Leslie Weston ...
Lyndon Brook ...
Diver Navigator, X2


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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Release Date:

26 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Above Us the Waves  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The code-name of the real life World War II mission that this film was based on was Operation Source. This operation utilized the Royal Navy's midget X class submarines. See more »


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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tense war film
6 April 2002 | by (Hartlepool England) – See all my reviews

A film about an atack on the German warship TIRPITZ a story that is well told,with tense and tragic moments.The story shows how ordinary men can perform extraordinary taskes when their country is at war.Wether the story really happened like this I do not know but once you start watching this film grips you,I would like to know what happened to the guys who are involved I hope they went on to lead fullfilling lives because they are true heroes.

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