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

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Director:
Writers:
Ron Jones (short story and original protocols)
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Release Date:
27 May 2011 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
IT WILL THRILL YOU. IT WILL CARRY YOU AWAY. IT WILL CHANGE YOU. IT WILL BREAK YOU See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fascism is Only A Few Missteps Away See more (85 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
107 min
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Dennis Gansel] [Actor]Max Riemelt.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The word "Montag" (Monday) is not reflected properly on the lake's surface, esp. as opposed to "Dienstag" (Tuesday), which has its proper reflection on the school's floor.See more »
Quotes:
Mona:It's not about guilt! Germany has a special responsibility.
Sinan:Well... I am a turk.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in We Are the Night (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
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150 out of 177 people found the following review useful.
Fascism is Only A Few Missteps Away, 19 January 2008
Author: sampotter25 from United States

An amiable German social sciences teacher has to teach his children about an autocratic government. The children at first seem bored, not wanting to hear any more about The Third Reich and Nazism. The teacher is surprised. "We're too knowledgeable to ever fall into something like that again," say the students. The teacher then decides to show the children what it's like to live in an autocracy, and sets up a simple experiment in class. They elect a leader (him) and he begins to instill in them (merely as an example) the virtues and practices that accompany an autocracy ("Strength through discipline", "Work as one"). The students take to it, and become obsessed with it. Soon, what was a simple classroom experiment grows to a social entity all it's own, with the teacher not sure if he can reverse the effects.

The film was very well acted and written, and was seriously creepy. It showed how - easily a society could fall into fascism, if presented to the society in the correct way. Watching the film, I understood why the students enjoyed the new system, but was also privy to the horrors that come with it. A shocking and powerful film. The way the different children reacted and how such a seemingly innocent experiment profoundly affected their lives was incredible and horrifying. Vogel gives a powerful performance as an idealistic teacher who isn't aware of the influence he has on others. Worth seeing.

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