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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
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)
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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
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The student are repeating a play, in which only "The Wave" students have roles after Karo is fired. This play is 'Der Besuch der alten Dame' of Friedrich Durenmatt. In this play, an old woman who was exiled from her village by her fellow inhabitants comes back after years; since she has lost her billionaire husband and inherited his wealth, she has her revenge by leading all the villager to kill her former lover who didn't help her. One of the themes is the group action and how people lose their personalities in a group. This mirrors the teacher's experience, who lead people into acting and losing personalities.See more »
Continuity: The way the word "Autokratie" is written on the black board changes between shots.See more »
Tim Stoltefuss:Run for your life, or I'll blow your brains out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Crocodiles (2009)See more »
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43 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining fictional experiment in classroom dictatorship, 9 November 2008
Author: Joe from United Kingdom

How does anyone really portray autocracy and/or fascism? In most ways, it can be done in the usual one-dimensional concoction of corruption, evil deeds, extreme delusion and paranoia amongst the ruling elites of the regimes. The Wave ("Die Welle") though looks at the issue from a different angle, examining how it can arise and entrance those it touches, and in the process makes the whole issue look fresh again.

The basic story is that of a school teacher (an anarchist at heart) who has to teach a class about "Autocracy". Failing to get their attention, he decides to create an experiment whereby they are to create their own mini autocracy and rules amongst themselves (named "The Wave"). With such a controversial subject, the whole thing gets out of hand with the pupils succumbing to the autocratic fascist methodology with grave consequences.

One important point that needs to be added is that its a German movie, and for historical reasons the topic is a delicate one, yet seems to add to the whole feel. The film is quite realistically disturbing in many ways, and shows how most of the pupils slowly fall for fascism in quite innocent ways. It will make you think and possibly reassess the important question, as asked in the film, if Autocracy can rear its head again.

The writing, the acting and direction are excellent. Jürgen Vogel as the class teacher is both entertaining and thoughtful in his role, but the cast in general is exceptional especially as in the main they are mostly teenagers.

If you like thoughtful films, and wish to see something that is questioning historical events in the present, then there is little to better this. Deserves to be watched. Its a film that will definitely be spoken about and re watched by many repeatedly for many years to come.

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