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Above Us the Waves (1955)

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

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Charles Esme Thornton Warren (book) (as Charles E.T. Warren M.B.E.), James D. Benson (book) (as James Benson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Cmdr. Fraser
John Gregson ... Lt Alec Duffy
Donald Sinden ... Lt Tom Corbett
James Robertson Justice ... Adm. Ryder
Michael Medwin ... Smart
James Kenney ... Abercrombie
O.E. Hasse ... Captain of the Tirpitz
Lee Patterson ... Cox
William Russell ... Ramsey
Theodore Bikel ... German Officer
Harry Towb ... McCleery
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... CPO Chubb
Tony Wager ... George (as Anthony Wager)
Leslie Weston 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 »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

When this movie was made in 1954, Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne, but throughout the war, it was her father, King George VI, who was the monarch. Whether by design or chance, most of the cast have historically accurate cap badges, which is to say they include a King's crown. The notable exception is Sir John Mills, whose cap badge has a Queen's crown. 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 »

Quotes

Adm. Ryder: What the devil's that?
Cmdr. Fraser: Proof sir.
Adm. Ryder: Proof?
Cmdr. Fraser: Yes sir. Those were dummy charges on the hull of this ship. If they hadn't been dummies, you'd be on the bottom now sir, for the duration.
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Connections

Referenced in Lovejoy: Kids (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sky Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Arthur Benjamin
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recreation of a true incident
2 December 2009 | by ken613ukSee all my reviews

I have just seen the film for the umpteenth time and of course the facts as portrayed in the film are not always a true reflection of the actual reports of the raid. Incidents that are shown as the interior of a submarine that was destroyed can be nothing other than fiction. Some of the episodes were factually correct therefore I find that the comment by mailmartinbuckley regarding the scene where Donald Sinden fends off a mine with his feet was misplaced. It was a recreation of the incident where Lt.B.C.G Place from X7 did exactly that. If he refers to bbc.co.uk/history and enters "Tirpitz" he can read the account of the raid by Dr.Eric Grove, a naval historian


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Swedish

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Blyth, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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