7.1/10
2,736
36 user 2 critic

The Wave (1981)

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:

Alexander Grasshoff (as Alex Grasshoff)

Writers:

Johnny Dawkins (teleplay), Ron Jones (short story)
Reviews
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Bruce Davison ... Ben Ross
Lori Lethin ... Lauree
John Putch ... David
Johnny Doran Johnny Doran ... Robert
Pasha Gray Pasha Gray ... Amy
Wesley Pfenning Wesley Pfenning ... Christy Ross (as Wesley Ann Pfenning)
Marc Copage Marc Copage ... Eric
Robert DeLapp Robert DeLapp
Matthew Dunn Matthew Dunn
Frank Lloyd Frank Lloyd
Danny Marmolejo Danny Marmolejo
Michael Pasternak ... Peter
Teri Ralston Teri Ralston ... Mrs. Saunders
Jamie Rose ... Andrea
Larry Keith 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


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wave See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally produced as an ABC Afterschool Special, the network chose to instead debut this film in prime time as part of its 'ABC Theater for Young Americans' series. See more »

Quotes

David: Laurie, this is a very important meeting, all the new members are going to be there.
Laurie: So what? David, don't you think you're taking this whole thing just a little too seriously?
David: No I'm not, you're not taking it seriously enough. Look Laurie, you've always been a leader the other kids have always looked up to, you've got to be at that meeting.
Laurie: That's exactly why I'm not going, let them make up their own minds about the Wave, they're individuals.
David: I don't understand.
Laurie: I can't believe how crazy ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Edited into ABC Afterschool Specials: The Wave (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Awesome movie
8 December 2003 | by Noemi-WeddingSee all my reviews

This movie had a great impact on me. Having personally been a victim of peer abuse, it really opened up my eyes as to what kind of effect a 'cult' can play on an individual. This concept not only explains how Hitler managed to be so successful in manipulating the whole country, but also clarifies many other historical events. I would recommend this to anyone who has not seen the movie!


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 36 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed