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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 the Second World War.

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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A story of impudent gallantry! See more »

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

Original military equipment from World War II was accessed and used for the making of this movie. 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

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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User Reviews

A wonderful film
20 June 2004 | by simon.conderSee 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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