Above Us the Waves

Above Us the Waves

John Mills
Director: Ralph Thomas Cast: John Mills
John Mills
, John Gregson
John Gregson
, Donald Sinden
Donald Sinden
Ralph Thomas


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0089859864223
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 29,695

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 Actor
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

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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