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The Wave (2008) More at IMDbPro »Die Welle (original title)


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jürgen Vogel ... Rainer Wenger

Frederick Lau ... Tim Stoltefuss

Max Riemelt ... Marco

Jennifer Ulrich ... Karo
Christiane Paul ... Anke Wenger
Jacob Matschenz ... Dennis
Cristina do Rego ... Lisa

Elyas M'Barek ... Sinan
Maximilian Vollmar ... Bomber
Max Mauff ... Kevin (as Maximilian Mauff)
Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow ... Ferdi
Tim Oliver Schultz ... Jens
Amelie Kiefer ... Mona
Fabian Preger ... Kaschi
Odine Johne ... Maja

Tino Mewes ... Schädel
Karoline Teska ... Miri
Marco Bretscher-Coschignano ... Dominik
Lennard Bertzbach ... Bommel
Thommy Schwimmer ... Maxwell (as Tommy Schwimmer)
Joseph M'Barek ... Thorben
Jaime Ferkic ... Bobby (as Jaime Kristo Ferkic)
Darvin Schmidt ... Leon
Leander Hagen ... Zecke
Lucas Hardt ... Kulle
Maxwell Richter ... Faust
Sophie Kurzke ... Freundin Jens
Liv Lisa Fries ... Laura
Lena Lutz ... Leyla
Hendrik Holler ... Marktverkäufer
Ilo Gansel ... Marktverkäuferin
Natascha Paulick ... Verkäuferin

Maren Kroymann ... Dr. Kohlhage
Teresa Harder ... Mutter Karo
Thomas Sarbacher ... Vater Karo
Hubert Mulzer ... Dieter Wieland
Gerald Alexander Held ... Vater Tim (as Alexander Held)
Johanna Gastdorf ... Mutter Tim
Friederike Wagner ... Mutter Marco

Dennis Gansel ... Hängengebliebener
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Jones ... Coffee Bar Visitor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dennis Gansel 
Writing credits
Ron Jones (short story and original protocols) (as William Ron Jones)

Johnny Dawkins (screenplay "The Wave") and
Ron Birnbach (screenplay "The Wave")

Dennis Gansel (writer) and
Peter Thorwarth (writer)

Produced by
Christian Becker .... producer
Antonio Exacoustos .... co-producer
David Groenewold .... co-producer
Franz Kraus .... co-producer
Nina Maag .... supervising producer
Martin Moszkowicz .... co-producer
Peter Schiller .... line producer
Anita Schneider .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Heiko Maile 
Cinematography by
Torsten Breuer 
Film Editing by
Ueli Christen 
Casting by
Franziska Aigner-Kuhn 
Uwe Bünker 
Production Design by
Knut Loewe 
Art Direction by
Petra Ringleb 
Set Decoration by
Tilman Lasch 
Costume Design by
Ivana Milos 
Makeup Department
Dörte Dobkowitz .... makeup artist
Franziska Dominick .... assistant makeup artist
Irina Tübbecke-Bechem .... makeup artist
Renate Wetzel-Wagner .... additional makeup artist
Mieke Willaert .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Dierk Beck von Rohland .... post-production supervisor
Natalie Clausen .... unit manager
Ulrike Fauth .... production manager
Axel Vogelmann .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hendrik Holler .... first assistant director
Hendrik Holler .... second unit director
Matthias Nerlich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Philipp Hübner .... property master
Tilman Lasch .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Arnold .... adr recordist
Tomas Bastian .... adr editor
Christian Bischoff .... sound re-recording mixer
Hans-Jörg Bramm .... sound (as Hans Bramm)
Christian Bruckmair .... adr mixer
Tschangis Chahrokh .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephan Fandrych .... adr supervisor
Florian Fricke .... sound: second unit
Dana Hopfe .... adr production manager
Hadon Install .... boom operator
Mathias Maydl .... sound re-recordist
Henry Mayr .... sound project coordinator
Michael Mitra .... foley editor
Pierre Peters-Arnolds .... synchronisation
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Alexander Saal .... supervising sound editor
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Patrick Veigel .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Michael Apling .... special effects office coordinator
Ronny Klost .... special effects technician
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Christopher Chaber .... lustre operator
Willy Delgado .... film scanning
Geoffrey Grafwallner .... digital supervisor
Ulrich Hochleitner .... digital transferer
Kathie Klippe .... film recorder: ARRILASER (as Kathi Klippe)
Nina Knott .... digital intermediate producer
Traudl Nicholson .... digital colorist
Marco Ringler .... digital compositor
Hari Schernthaner .... lustre operator
Abraham Schneider .... visual effects supervisor
Ania Senckpiehl .... digital transferer
Sascha Stiller .... film recorder: ARRILASER
Steven Stueart .... film scanning
Rainer Werner .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Johannes Burow .... video operator
Katharina Dießner .... second assistant camera
Fred Dombrowka .... gaffer
Christopher Durth .... electrician (as Christofer Durth)
Pip Hare .... second assistant camera
Arne Hartländer .... assistant grip
Thomas Hübener .... scorpio head operator
Sandro Kieburg .... electrician
Conny Klein .... still photographer
Daniel Kraus .... underwater assistant camera
Martin Leitsch .... second assistant camera
Andres Lizana Prado .... underwater camera operator
Frank Pawlowski .... electrician
Philip Reinhold .... second assistant camera
Axel Renner .... best boy
Bernd Schultz .... grip
Matthias Wrage .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Inga Kusche .... costume assistant
Anja Lafin .... additional costume
Anske Lipinski .... wardrobe
Natalia Riede .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sandra Aichinger .... color timer
Music Department
Volker Hinkel .... musician: electric guitars
Pia Hoffmann .... music supervisor
Torsten Kamps .... electronic orchestrator
Matthias Raue .... musician: keyboards
Mathias Willvondseder .... musician: CS 80
Andre Winter .... programming
Transportation Department
Ralf Pitzius .... production driver
Miklas Wittmann .... cast & production driver
Other crew
Jan Birka .... script supervisor
Mathias Braun .... location scout
Christian Dosch .... location manager
Gabriele Friedel .... production coordinator
Darius Ghanai .... title designer
John Kaylin .... dubbing producer
Angela Reedwisch .... key account manager
Philipp von Hoff .... location manager
Gernot Zeglien .... location scout

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Welle" - Germany (original title)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Director Trademark: [Dennis Gansel] [Actor]Max Riemelt.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: (at around 15 mins) The teacher is formally called Rainer Wenger, although informally he uses his first name is Rainer, among his students initially and later his surname during the project, Wenger. One might think the principal would use his first name when talking to him, but in Germany when adult colleagues speak to each other, they use their last name when talking to each other, i.e. Herr Wenger.See more »
Rainer Wenger:So you don't think there could be another dictatorship in Germany?
Jens:No, we are too enlightened now.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of The Wave (1981) (TV)See more »
Spending My TimeSee more »


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34 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Straight forward filming will captivate audiences, along with a pleasing cast., 26 July 2008
Author: crey014 from Auckland, New Zealand

"Die Welle" is an above average classroom drama with a political voice. Helmed by director Dennis Gansel, film is unforgiving in depicting the youth as a generation without anything to rebel about but loneliness, making them sensitive to any sort of illusion of belonging. Mostly a riveting affair, film lags in its second act as it jumps into Dawson's Creek. Film goes ashore into a memorable finale. Straight forward filming will captivate audiences, along with a pleasing cast.

Project week in a suburban high school entails them to study various forms of government and restriction. Rainer Wenger (Jürgen Vogel), an under-appreciated teacher finds a way in engaging his students. He cleverly manipulates his class to slap them out of apathy and disinterest with tiny minute changes which eventually builds up to a boil. Classroom scenes are stimulating as debates between the students are daring and engrossing – writing mention controversial topics that are usually not spoken with lethargy. Film focuses on a group of smart people, highlighting further that what's bound to happen is even more tragic and rings a bell to what can happen out of celluloid..

Inspired by a 1960's social experiment in California documenting how easy it is to influence individuals, film looses track in its middle section as it begins to refocus on the individual lives of the students. Most characters seem to be run in the mill with general high school romance trouble, which would have been interesting but brings nothing new to the table. Stories work better as a collective rather than individuals, which further add to the intended effect. Some personalities shine though: students who never had any sense of belonging are indeed looked at with much heartbreak here as this false sense of security is embraced by them, motivating them to go a step further in preserving the society.

Finale is spellbinding as even if it diverts a lot from the actual experiment, it still proves as a necessity to further establish a point. Film parallels to the effect of Third Reich within its members and climax reminds audiences of the Bruno Ganz header "Der Untergang", as it clearly parallels the extent of loyalties that may arise in such occasions. From the get go, death of a character is imminent and even with its shock value, it justifies itself as beyond a plot device.

As an ensemble, the acting here is impermeable as they all deliver solid performances. Vogel especially convey solid work as the teacher. He brings gravity and his semi-bald haircut proves ominous. It's a shame that audiences lose connection to him midway though as he suddenly becomes the background to the melodrama.

German setting of the movie elevates the film's status. It creates this palpable undercurrent, that even with a country that already identifies itself as guilty; it still cannot escape the possibility of anarchy. Even if the picture becomes stern with its themes, it still is digestible to the mainstream. Word of mouth can secure a life outside the tills.

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