The Wave (1981)

TV Short  |   |  Short, Drama
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,378 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 2 critic

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.

Director:

(as Alex Grasshoff)

Writers:

(teleplay), (short story)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 15 Oct 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 24 Jan 2012
 
a list of 287 titles
created 24 Mar 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 10 Jul 2014
 
a list of 22 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Wave" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Wave (1981– )

The Wave (1981– ) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Wave.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lesson Plan (2011)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

'Lesson Plan' is a documentary featuring interviews of the original students and teacher of the 1967 Third Wave experiment. This exercise in fascism took place in Palo Alto, California. ... See full summary »

Directors: David Jeffery, Philip Carr Neel
Stars: Ron Jones, Philip Zimbardo, Scott Thomson
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Four volunteers travel to Peraliya, Sri Lankan after the 2004 tsunami, and their planned two-week journey becomes a year of heartbreak and rebirth.

Director: Alison Thompson
Stars: A.P. Darmedesa, Bruce French, Oscar Gubernati
Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A futuristic world with no secrets or governments, one global nation that is threatened by a man with a bomb that he says is going to change history. Humanity's only hope is more time.

Director: Christian Wolf
Stars: Juan David Guardia, Agata Surma, Samy Ferrenbach
The Lesson Plan (Video 2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Public School Teacher Nix Dunn turns to an extreme form of teaching to get his message across.

Director: Eddy Duran
Stars: Onix Duran, Jonathan Duran, Jason Ramirez
Bølgen (2015)
Action | Drama | Thriller

Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norrwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85 meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug
Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Eili Harboe
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Johan Falk hasn't been working for over a year since he resigned from the police. Most of all he wants to move out to the countryside, but fate has a different thought.

Director: Anders Nilsson
Stars: Jakob Eklund, Irina Björklund, Nicholas Farrell
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A journalist gets caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow while investigating the Russian secret service.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Kasia Smutniak, Max Riemelt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova
The Wave (2008)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A high school teacher's unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich
The Wave (2016)
Sci-Fi

A man on the verge of a promotion takes a mysterious hallucinogenic drug that begins to tear down his reality and expose his life for what it really is.

Director: Gille Klabin
The Tenth Level (TV Movie 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Inspired by the Stanley Milgram obedience research, this TV movie chronicles a psychology professor's study to determine why people, such as the Nazis, were willing to "just follow orders" ... See full summary »

Director: Charles S. Dubin
Stars: William Shatner, Lynn Carlin, Ossie Davis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Lori Lethin ...
Lauree
...
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
...
Peter
Teri Ralston ...
Mrs. Saunders
...
Andrea
Larry Keith ...
Mr. Saunders
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hullám  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Laurie: Amy, read this article I wrote.
[hands Amy a paper]
Amy: [reads it] What're you going to do with it?
Laurie: I'm submitting it to the school paper.
Amy: You can't say these things about the Wave.
Laurie: Well why not? They're true. Amy, the Wave has become an obsession with everyone. No one's thinking for themselves anymore.
Amy: Come on, you're just upset, you're letting your argument with David get to you.
Laurie: But the Wave is hurting people. Everyone's going along with it like a flock of sheep.
Amy: Laurie, please don't submit this.
Laurie: ...
See more »

Connections

Remade as The Wave (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

THE BEST AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL EVER!!!
21 October 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I have so many fond memories of those great Afterschool Specials that ABC used to make. I think they did such a great service to kids becuase they dealt realistically with social issues in a tasteful manner. The Wave is the best special they ever made because it is one of those few tv shows that really required you to think about the message. I think that it is such a shame that people remember Bruce Davidson as the star of Willard because he is outstanding, not to mention chilling, here as a social studies teacher who, to put it mildly, gets carried away when he encourages his students to act like Nazis. It is even more chilling when you think about the Germans during WWII who so blindly ignored what Hitler was doing. We need to remember the Holocaust for this reason and this brilliantly written and superbly acted film should be seen by every decent person who prays that the terrors of Nazi Germany may never happen again!


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
And guess what... the germans are REMAKING this TV movie! Smartt
I HATE THE WAVE!!! emilyjoy-1
Where to buy tber52
HELP Bill_Murray
After School Special? flutterby878
rights of the movie 'The Wave' avigail-1
Discuss The Wave (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?