An experiment in an American High School where students learn how easy it is to be seduced by the same social forces which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Based on a true story.

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(as Alex Grasshoff)

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(teleplay), (short story)
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Lori Lethin ...
Lauree
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David
Johnny Doran ...
Robert
Pasha Gray ...
Amy
Wesley Pfenning ...
Christy Ross (as Wesley Ann Pfenning)
Marc Copage ...
Eric
Robert DeLapp
Matthew Dunn
Frank Lloyd
Danny Marmolejo
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Peter
Teri Ralston ...
Mrs. Saunders
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Andrea
Larry Keith ...
Mr. Saunders
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To explain to his students the atmosphere in the 1930's Nazi-Germany, history teacher Burt Ross initiates a daring experiment. He declares himself leader of a new movement, called 'The Wave'. Inspired, he proclaims ideas about Power, Discipline and Superiority. His students are strikingly willing to follow him. Soon the entire school is under the spell of 'The Wave'. Anyone who refuses to be a part of the Movement, faces threats or worse. Ross himself gets carried away by his own experiment. Or has it turned into something more than an experiment? A climax is unavoidable, resulting in a hard lesson for both Ross and his students... Written by Diederik B.A. Rep

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4 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Based on the real experience of a high school class in Palo Alto, California in April 1969. See more »

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David: That film really got to you, huh?
Laurie: Yeah, it upset me, doesn't it make you angry?
David: Laurie, it was a long time ago, we can't change what happened.
Laurie: I know, still upsets me though.
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Remade as The Wave (2008) See more »

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Awesome movie
8 December 2003 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie had a great impact on me. Having personally been a victim of peer abuse, it really opened up my eyes as to what kind of effect a 'cult' can play on an individual. This concept not only explains how Hitler managed to be so successful in manipulating the whole country, but also clarifies many other historical events. I would recommend this to anyone who has not seen the movie!


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