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Above Us the Waves [Region 2]

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Judging by the number of times it has shown up on TV, Above Us the Waves may be American viewers' favorite British war film. Most of the film is set in a British midget submarine, commandeered by John Mills. The sub's mission (together with its "fellow" vessels) is to sink the German battleship Tirpitz. This will be accomplished by the midget sub fleet sneaking into Norwegian waters, floating beneath the Tirpitz, then planting explosives. Only Mills' sub manages to complete the mission. Based on a true-life 1943 incident, Above Us the Waves takes a revisionist approach by showing the German officers and seamen to be human beings rather than faceless minions of Hitler. ...Above Us The Waves ( Above Us the Wave )

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  • Actors: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Michael Medwin
  • Directors: Ralph Thomas
  • Writers: Charles Esme Thornton Warren, James D. Benson, Robin Estridge
  • Producers: Earl St. John, William MacQuitty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZV5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Above Us the Waves [Region 2]" on IMDb

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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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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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Great World War Two movie from the Brits, John Mills has played in several war movies before. An excellent actor. This film is an exciting Naval movie, which if you have time you should watch, highly recommended. Very good supporting cast and film locations.
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!!
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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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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.

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...
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