Rent Above Us the Waves (1955)

3.6 of 5 from 61 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
The dramatic World War II story of Britain's heroic attempts to sink the monster German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord using midget submarines. In this adventure of unsurpassed courage, the crews of the Navy become human torpedoes.
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Directors:
Writers:
Charles Esme Thornton Warren, James D. Benson
Studio:
ITV DVD
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
UK
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Release Date:
11/10/1999
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access

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Top British Classic war Drama - Above Us the Waves review by GI

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30/04/2021

This is one of the cycle of British war movies from the 1950s and a great one it is too. Based on a real event and starring one of the most popular actors from this period it's an example of the fantastic films produced when the British film industry was thriving. Set in the Second World War this tells the story of a daring mission to attack the German battleship 'Tirpitz' while its moored in a Norwegian fjord impervious to air attack. Commander Fraser (John Mills) convinces a sceptical admiralty that he can lead a few highly trained men in midget submarines past the German defences and destroy it. It's a tale of derring do and the entire film focuses on the training and operation and like all submarine narratives it plays on that sense of tension of being under the water and hunted by a skilled enemy. There's no attempt here, unlike other similar films made when the war was raging, to incorporate any family or romance into the narrative, this is simply a story of courage. In that sense it's wonderfully constructed and directed with a superb cast including John Gregson and Donald Sinden, both big stars at the time. These films are worthy of rediscovery, they're gritty, exciting and very realistic. If you love a good war film then this is worth your time.

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