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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
Michael Medwin ...
Smart
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Abercrombie
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Captain of the Tirpitz
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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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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26 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the scene where Donald Sinden and his crew first board the midget Submarine, the view of three Castle Class Frigates tied alongside each other can be clearly seen in the background, this view of the three Frigates is also to be seen in the movie "The Cruel Sea" when Ericson and Lockart first take charge of the factitious HMS Saltash Castle after they survive the sinking of their first ship HMS Compass Rose. 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 »

Quotes

Smart: Spare a penny for the diver sir!
McCleery: Hey, that's an idea - how do you spend a penny in this contraption?
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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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