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Above Us The Waves

3.9 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004R6EF9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By F. J. Harvey on October 29, 2007
Format: DVD
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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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 available. The James Caan movie (X-1) is more fictitious (Cowboys and Nazi's) where as the 1955 one is trying to depict the real story of the Tirpitz Operation. They did not say that the Tirpitz was sunk or not sunk, but there was a huge explosion. The Tirpitz was knocked out of commission for about 6 months. This film actually was much closer to the truth than was really known at the time as PBS did a later show of diving "archaeologists" who wanted to find out just what did happen based on locations and what was on the bottom of the Fiord where the operation took place. Their summation was that the 1955 film was quite accurate. The 1955 film probably had a benefit of interviews of people who were there and had a more recent memory of what happened without a lot of interpretation which can fog events.
Those guys were brave, I wouldn't have dived with those suits. It's a small wonder that they wore heavy wool sweaters. Those subs had to have been cold. The average water temp in that area in September is 55 degrees. Yowee! That's pretty cold. Having dived as a kid in water almost that cold without a wet-suit we could stay in about 20 minutes. At that point we would be shivering uncontrollably.
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