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A high school teacher's 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
Alexander Held ... Vater Tim
Johanna Gastdorf ... Mutter Tim
Friederike Wagner ... Mutter Marco

Dennis Gansel ... Hängengebliebener
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Jones ... Coffee Bar Visitor (uncredited)

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
Patty Barth .... line producer
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 (as Uli Fauth)
Axel Vogelmann .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maika Bonner .... third assistant director
Hendrik Holler .... first assistant director
Hendrik Holler .... second unit director
Matthias Nerlich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Philipp Hübner .... property master
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
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
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Did You Know?

Based on the novel "The Wave" by Todd Strasser (under the pen name Morton Rhue), a fictionalized account of the "Third Wave" teaching experiment by Ron Jones that took place in a Cubberley High School history class in Palo Alto, California in April 1967.See more »
Factual errors: Although set somewhere in western Germany, all policemen wear insignia of the state of Berlin.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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41 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Spot on!! It explains a lot about world history., 24 July 2008
Author: crappydoo from New Zealand

The Wave rides high (pun intended) on the new wave of film makers from Germany. The movie itself is shaped like a proverbial wave, starts gently and slowly gathers momentum and before you know it it turns into a powerhouse. The movie will amuse you, frighten you, disturb you and enthrall you completely.

The movie takes a lesson in human psychology and shows how it is possible for a person with oratory skills and confidence to start a movement that turns into a revolution with frightening possibilities. It explains a lot about world history and current affairs.

Theme apart, I don't usually like to discuss any movie's story but I suppose if you're here you would've read the other reviews and summaries and would know a fair bit already. Putting it mildly, the movie deals with a classroom experiment about autocracy which has interesting positive and negative consequences.

The direction is sharp and spot on. The director is able to delve deeply into the minds of the various characters and explain their behaviour and position in the society that is created. It is all done realistically. The acting by and large is very good; however a few of the actors displayed a scope for further improvement. However this does not take away much from the movie experience. There are certain similarities with another great German film, Das Experiment, but not many.

I am certainly going to suggest this film to people I know including people who live on a staple of Hollywood blockbusters and like to keep away from festival films. So if you get the opportunity to watch it, please do.

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