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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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Swedish

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Above Us the Waves See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The sailors and marines on the Tirpitz are wearing incorrect steel helmets. The ones that they are wearing are of World War I-type pattern, they are larger with vent studs sticking out. See more »

Goofs

The 100' Submarine Escape Training Tank in the early scenes wasn't built until 1954. Prior to this, it was a 15' tank. See more »

Quotes

Lt Alec Duffy: Feeling alright, Cobber?
Smart: Fine. Steward's delight this is, blowing up admirals!
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Connections

Referenced in Lovejoy: Angel Trousers (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sky Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Arthur Benjamin
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Brilliant!
15 May 2002 | by horsegal25See all my reviews

This is a brilliant Naval film. The failed midgit submarines, that caused heavy casualties, when attepmting to sink the so called "Unsinkable" Tirpitz. John Mills plays the part of a captain very well, in the struggle to prove them, and then failing. With Lyndon Brook, and Lee Patterson to, it makes a great movie. Deffintaly worth seeing!


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