Above Us the Waves

Above Us the Waves

Ralph Thomas (1955)

U Certificate


Our Score
Having failed with torpedoes, John Mills and his rookie crew set out in midget submarines to try to sink the German battleship Tirpitz in this rather disappointing Second World War action adventure. Riddled with stiff-upper-lipped stereotypes, this is one of those proud re-creations of an "against the odds" mission that were the staple of postwar British cinema. However, by opting to examine the cramped conditions of his characters rather than go overboard on their heroic exploits, director Ralph Thomas struggles with the pace of the picture, and even the attack on Trondheim harbour is less than nail-biting.


A Royal Navy commander sets out to win his admiral's confidence by launching secret midget submarine raids on the formidable German battleship Tirpitz, which is hiding in the fjords of Norway. However, as time unfolds, the mission becomes increasingly perilous. Second World War drama based on a true story, starring John Mills, Donald Sinden, John Gregson and James Robertson Justice.

Cast & Crew

Cdr Frazer John Mills
Lt Tom Corbett Donald Sinden
Lt Alec Duffy John Gregson
Admiral Ryder James Robertson Justice
Smart Michael Medwin
Abercrombie James Kenney
Tirpitz Captain OE Hasse
Ramsey William Russell
Director Ralph Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD