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Above Us The Waves (1955)

John Mills , John Gregson , Ralph Thomas  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, Michael Medwin, James Kenney
  • Directors: Ralph Thomas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004R6EF9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The battle for the Atlantic was at a peak for the British. Superior German battleships seemed to roam freely wreaking havoc on supply convoys to the allies. When the German battleship Tirpitz is discovered in a Norwegian fjord, the British have no ships available to protect their western supply lines against this heavy hitting menace. The undaunted British come up with a bold plan to use unproven mini subs. These little 4 man submarines didn't deliver a torpedo to their target but instead were designed to deliver explosives that would have to be planted underneath an enemy vessel. Unbelievable courage, skill and determination by three crews of these experimental vessels lead you on a mission like you've never experienced. Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT - 100 minutes; B&W; Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1 - 4x3; Year - 1955; SRP - $19.99

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense war themed movie October 29, 2007
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This movie is based on true events which took place in the UK and Norway during the Second World War.The German battleship Tirpitz was wreaking havoc on British shippimg in the North Sea.It was anchored in a remote and inaccessible Norwegian fjord and was impervious to attacks from the air or from the sea using conventional surface vessels or ordinary submarines.The British Admiralty devised a plan to destroy the ship by using manned ,midget submarines to inflitrate the anchorage and destroy the ship

The movie takes us through the various stages of the expedition starting with its conception and the training for the mission ,followed by its execution and ending with the aftermath .In this respect it bears more kinship to a caper movie than to a blood and guts war movie .We are not given slam bang action here but sit back and watch to see if the plan works ,rather as we do in a caper movie like ,say Topkapi ,although the stakes are a great deal higher in this type of exercise .The movie works by the slow escalation of suspense and tension

World War Two movies were a key part of British cinema in the 1950's and this movie deploys many of the era's most stalwart performers all giving commendable performances .John Mills ,Donald Sinden ,John Gregson impress as mariners on the mission and James Robinson Justice does a neat turn as the Admiral in overall charge .

The monochrome photography of Ernest Seward adds much to the movie as does the suspenseful direction by Ralph Thomas

This celebration of planning and heroism is a well worth watching if suspense is your bag but not if you insist on lots of gunfire in your war movies
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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VCI Entertainment and London Independent Producers presents "ABOVE US THE WAVES" (1955) (100 min/B&W) -- Starring John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Michael Medwin, James Kenney & Theodore Bikel

Directed by Ralph Thomas

Another great film from the British Invasion from VCI. This film is a low key film with subdued performances. War isn't depicted as a heroic game, as these men face deadly danger and fully aware of it. Do your job and carry on quietly - now that's bloody real courage for you.

German stereotypes on the Tirpitz, yet their Captain salutes the "brave men" who have arrived to attack his boat.

Great acting, powerful direction and real emotion, with an excellent British cast the way they used to make them.

John Mills and John Gregson are the background of training and the eventual attack is very absorbing, filmed in beautiful stark black and white.

Watch for a young Anthony Newley in the Midget X class submarine sequences.

Special footnote: -- In the film, the name of the vessel that carried the manned human torpedo chariots was called "Ingebord" but in the real-life it was really named "Arthur". 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.

BIOS:
1. Ralph Thomas (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 August 1915 - Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 17 March 2001 - London, England, UK

2. John Mills[aka: Lewis Ernest Watts Mills]
Date of Birth: 22 February 1908 - The Watts Naval Training College, North Elmham, Norfolk, England, UK
Date of Death: 23 April 2005 - Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for all the military guys November 3, 2013
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Great action! If you want the story from the British point of view then you need the Brit's to make it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great War movie! June 10, 2014
By Russell
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This is a must see for the lover of WW II movies! This is a true tell of some of the most daring adventures of naval history! A very good film of very brave men!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised. April 29, 2014
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While the quality of this DVD was excellent, it was advertised as having Closed Captions which it did not have any. This was a great disappointment as the person it was purchased for requires them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine World War II film. March 10, 2014
By PK
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This is an excellent and based on a true events film. I highly recommend it. The price was also excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good story line February 21, 2014
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Good story line, History is correct. I enjoyed the movie. I would have liked to have seen more action leading up to the climax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars above us the waves December 11, 2013
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Love the movie! great addition to my husbands collection. There is action and excitement and it captures my attention when I walk in
the room when its playing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Up periscope
Standard British war film. The acting is really good. I mean you can not go wrong with a movie, with John Mills in the lead.
Published 7 months ago by James M. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars How cunning plucky little guys slay arrogant giants - the true story...
This is a very good, solid old British war film telling an unbelievable but absolutely true story. Below, some more of my impressions, with limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Sub-Aqua Raiders in WW2
This film portrays a part of the British sub-aqua developments of men and small submersibles in WW2.
Italy and Japan had led the way, Britain and Germany followed on. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Franklin
3.0 out of 5 stars No English subtitles
It was ok but would have been better if I had not wasted my money on this DVD as it did NOT have English subtitles!!!
Published 12 months ago by rikard
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mills' great performance
I love these older movies about WW2, and especially any to do with the war at sea. A great cast, a very good story, and it's true!!! Read more
Published 13 months ago by kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars More realistic than the later James Caan version.
It was a really good movie although it is a 1955 film technology. From what has been written it is more realistic as the equipment used was circa 1945 and apparently was readily... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Flicker
4.0 out of 5 stars submariners
It has always been my interest in people who go under the ocean? It takes more than nerves to do such duty and most of the time they never come back alive.
Published 15 months ago by mystery
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