Above Us the Waves

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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.


John Mills
as Cmdr. Fraser
John Gregson
as Lt Alec Duffy
Donald Sinden
as Lt. Tom Corbett
James Kenney
as Abercrombie
O.E. Hasse
as Captain of the Tirpitz
Theodore Bikel
as German Officer
Lyndon Brook
as Diver Navigator, X2
Harry Towb
as McCleery
Anthony Newley
as Engineer, X2
John Horsley
as Anderson
Guido Lorraine
as Officer Interpreter
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