John Mills






About This Item.  Buy Item  Film Details  John Mills  War UK Dvds Index  Search Site



Above Us the Waves
U K  D V D  ( 1 9 5 5 )

We are based in South London near Croydon and if preferred this item can be picked up by appointment. Just e-mail here.

All titles on these pages are official releases released in UK & Europe unless stated.





Single Disc [2007]

Format: Black & White, Full Screen, PAL
Language: English
Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: U

Studio: ITV DVD
DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 1999
Run Time: 95 minutes

    ‘An adventure of unsurpassed courage immortalising the crews of the Navy's midget submarines' ~ ITV


2ND WORLD WAR DRAMA

1955, 99 MINS, BW, UK

Director: Ralph Thomas
Writers: James D. Benson (book), Robin Estridge (screenplay)
Release Date: 29 March 1955 (UK)

CAST:
John Mills ... Cmdr. Fraser
John Gregson ... Lt Alec Duffy
Donald Sinden ... Lt Tom Corbett
James Robertson Justice ... Adm. Ryder
Michael Medwin ... Smart
James Kenney ... Abercrombie
O.E. Hasse ... Captain of the Tirpitz
Lee Patterson ... Cox
William Russell ... Ramsey
Theodore Bikel ... German Officer
Harry Towb ... McCleery
Cyril Chamberlain ... CPO Chubb
Tony Wager ... George
Leslie Weston ... Winley
Lyndon Brook ... Diver Navigator, X2

(London Independent Producers)


Sir John Mills and Sir Donald Sinden head a British cast in this World War II drama.

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. This isn't a bad movie but it could have been a hell lot better if handled by a better director than Ralph Thomas. Lacking in imagination and flair, most of his films are watchable but as safe as houses: he never seemed to get out of that comfort zone and actually take chances. Instead, he settled on stereotypes as this film so aptly demonstrates. A lazy and disappointing method of working for sure, and with the abilty of cast he has to hand in this movie almost criminal.

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 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. Thomas opts to examine the cramped conditions of his characters rather than go overboard on their heroic exploits. The finale attack on Trondheim harbour good has been done better.

Most damning of all about the picture is that it doesn't tell you what the mission actually achieved. It did not, as the film implies, break the back of the ship - but did succeed in putting Tirpitz out of action for half a year; the RAF finally destroyed her a year after the midget attack.

Still, despite the above grumbles, it is still a movie worth seeing. There are plenty of good scenes thanks mainly to Mills's as usual excellent performance. He holds the film together like glue.


TRIVIA

Ages of the stars at the time of the making of the film:

    - John Mills, 46
    - John Gregson, 35
    - Donald Sinden, 31
    - James Robertson Justice, 47


FILMING LOCATIONS INCLUDED

    Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
    (studio)

    St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands




OFFICIAL UK RELEASE

DVD FEATURES

    ~ Main Language: English
    ~ Available Audio Tracks: Mono
    ~ Sub Titles: None
    ~ Disc Format: DVD 5
    ~ Interactive Menus
    ~ Scene Access


CONDITION: used - very good.





Price: £5.00 (UK Sterling) (UK Postage Inclusive)

Dec. 16: back in stock. 'Used - very good'.

Payment can only be made to Lenin Imports by the old fashioned cheque, po, money order, cash by registered mail, bank transfer or paypal. Please enclose title of item ordering and return address.

Address:

    Lenin Imports
    5 High Street
    South Norwood
    London
    SE25 6EP
    United Kingdom

E-mail (ihuppert5@aol.com) if you request bank details for a bank transfer.

E-mail (ihuppert5@aol.com) for a postage quote outside UK. We only charge what the UK Post Office charges us to a particular destination so there will be no inflated postage charges.

E-mail (ihuppert5@aol.com) if you would like to pay via paypal and I will issue a paypal invoice.

The old fashioned ways of paying are a bit more of a hassle for you but mean I can offer this item for the lowest price I possibly can. Card payments are very expensive so I prefer the old fashioned methods of payment. And let's face it, the good old fashioned cheque - well nothing is more secure than that.

British War Dvds

Index




Currently in Stock.  Buy Item  Item Details  John Mills  War UK Dvds Index  Search Site  Top of Page

© Lenin Imports

E-mail