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The Wave (1981)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family  -  4 October 1981 (USA)
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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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Based on the real experience of a high school class in Palo Alto, California in April 1969. See more »

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Christy Ross: [Ross and his wife are arguing over The Wave's impact on other teachers' classes, including Christy's] Just turn it off!
Ben Ross: Not yet! If I stopped now, they'd be left hanging. They'd be confused.
Christy Ross: Well, let them be confused!
Ben Ross: NO! I have to push them until they get the point. I'm teaching these kids the most important lesson of their lives!
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Edited into ABC Afterschool Specials: The Wave (1983) See more »

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I produced The Wave after being told the story by the real teacher.
16 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The Wave was the first movie I ever made. I pitched the project to ABC and plunged forward. As an After School Special it was done on a very low budget, roughly $250,000 when an average Prime Time hour in those days was done for roughly $1,000,000. All acting and writing was done for scale fees and the number of shooting days were very few to hold down costs, As I remember it shot in 8 days. When ABC saw the final show they took it out of the After School slot and aired it in prime time against 60 Minutes on Sunday night. Needless to say the ratings were very low, but even at that, back in those days about 17 million people saw it in the States. And since then millions more have seen it around the world. I'm proud of the show and the message it delivers. As the years have gone by production styles and social behaviors have shifted, that's just the way it is. So be it, the show still seems to have legs. :>>


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