Above Us the Waves

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Above Us the Waves is an exceptional war film that can be enjoyed even by many who are not normally fond of the genre. As with many other films of its type, the basic skeletal set-up is familiar: a team of brave individuals must undertake a daring and dangerous mission and overcome numerous obstacles in order to strike a strategic blow against enemy forces. Waves follows this outline, but the mere fact that it is dealing with submersibles and mini-subs automatically gives it a bit more interest. That fact by itself isn't all that makes Waves several cuts above the norm, however; Robin Estridge's finely-tuned screenplay is filled with touches big and small that give the film a flavor and life of its own. Estridge is especially good at delineating characters in a few strokes, and the writer is able to give depth to the characters without the intrusion of an awkward romantic subplot. Director Ralph Thomas expertly guides the proceedings, making all the right choices to keep audience interest peaked throughout Waves. The film also gives John Mills another attempt to show his characteristic innate courage and integrity and to honorably anchor the piece. Credit is also due to a more realistic treatment of Germans than one often finds in World War II-set pictures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 089859864223
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,028

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Mills Cmdr. Frazer
John Gregson Lt. Alec Duffy
Donald Sinden Lt. Tom Corbett
Michael Medwin Smart
James Kenney Abercrombie
O.E. Hasse Captain of the Tirpitz
Lee Patterson Cox
Lyndon Brook Diver Navigator, X2
William Russell Ramsey
Theodore Bikel German Officer
Thomas Heathcote Hutchins
Harry Towb McCleery
Anthony Newley Engineer, X2
Cyril Chamberlain Chubb
John Horsley Anderson
Anthony Wager George
William Franklyn No. 1, X2
Leslie Weston Winley
Guido Lorraine Officer Interpreter
Raymond Francis
James Robertson Justice Adm. Ryder
Technical Credits
Ralph Thomas Director
Arthur Benjamin Score Composer
Joan Ellacott Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Estridge Screenwriter
Harold Boulton Score Composer
Michael Lawson Score Composer
William MacQuitty Producer
Ernest W. Steward Cinematographer
Gerald Thomas Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Above Us the Waves
1. Intro [1:27]
2. Captured News Reel [7:59]
3. What We Need Now [6:34]
4. Damn Fine Show [5:30]
5. She's Loose [7:03]
6. Let's Go For a Walk [7:49]
7. Side Cargo [8:25]
8. Mine! [14:31]
9. We're Through [12:32]
10. Getting Stuffy [12:02]
11. Standby To Bailout [10:53]
12. The End [:12]
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