Above Us the Waves [Region 2]
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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
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.
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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It tells the story of the British Naval attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz at the end of 1943, by British mini submarines. It is interesting to note, that it was not until 1944 when a series of Lancaster Bombers put two direct hits on Tirpitz and one very near miss that the battleship was put totally out of action. Enjoy the movie!!
This film as it was already said tells a true story. After the archi-famous operations "Rheinubung" (May 1941) in which "Bismarck" was lost and "Cerberus" (Channel Dash) in February 1942, which ended with "Scharnhorst" and "Gneisenau" being both mined and damaged, for the greatest part of 1942 and 1943 Hitler's Kriegsmarine was left with only one capital ship - the superbattleship "Tirpitz". Supported by four heavy cruisers ("Lutzow", "Admiral Scheer", "Admiral Hipper" and "Prinz Eugen"), three light cruisers ("Leipzig", "Nurnberg" and "Köln") and a screen of as much as ten modern, powerful destroyers, with many U-Boats, "Condor" bombers and seaplanes acting as scouts, she was the main element of a potentially extremely lethal naval squadron (even if ultimately Kriegsmarine never managed to gather all those ships for one operation). In summer 1943 German squadron got even stronger, once "Scharnhorst" was repaired and returned to duty...
In order to ensure safety of allied convoys in Northern Atlantic and especially in Arctic waters, Royal Navy had to keep available in this area a considerable number of naval and air assets - and even US Navy had to chip in for a time... Or, in those decisive years of World War II (1942-43), all those ships, planes and men were badly needed elsewhere, from Central and Southern Atlantic to Mediterranean and Indian Ocean - and American heavy cruisers USS "Wichita" and USS "Tuscaloosa" and their screen were greatly missed by Nimitz in Pacific...Read more ›
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Dated, by today's standards but, nonetheless, an excellent movie.Published 1 month ago by G. Hungerford
This was an ok movie. Ithought it would have more action but was sorta slow.Published 5 months ago by Chris Norwood
Exciting piece of history. Don't expect any stupid Quentin Tarentino stuff here. It's not a movie for morons, but rather for people who appreciate what true heroism is all about.Published 8 months ago by jack n.