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The Wave ()

Die Welle (original title)
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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.

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Rainer Wenger
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Tim Stoltefuss
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Marco
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Karo
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Anke Wenger
Jacob Matschenz ...
Dennis
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Lisa
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Sinan
Maximilian Vollmar ...
Bomber
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Kevin (as Maximilian Mauff)
Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow ...
Ferdi
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Jens
Amelie Kiefer ...
Mona
Fabian Preger ...
Kaschi
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Maja
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Schädel
Karoline Teska ...
Miri
Marco Bretscher-Coschignano ...
Dominik
Lennard Bertzbach ...
Bommel
Thommy Schwimmer ...
Maxwell (as Tommy Schwimmer)
Joseph M'Barek ...
Thorben
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Bobby (as Jaime Kristo Ferkic)
Darvin Schmidt ...
Leon
Leander Hagen ...
Zecke
Lucas Hardt ...
Kulle
Max Richter ...
Faust (as Maxwell Richter)
Sophie Kurzke ...
Freundin Jens
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Laura
Lena Lutz ...
Leyla
Hendrik Holler ...
Marktverkäufer
Ilo Gansel ...
Marktverkäuferin
Natascha Paulick ...
Verkäuferin
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Dr. Kohlhage
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Mutter Karo
Thomas Sarbacher ...
Vater Karo
Hubert Mulzer ...
Dieter Wieland
Alexander Held ...
Vater Tim
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Mutter Tim
Friederike Wagner ...
Mutter Marco
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Hängengebliebener
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Ron Jones ...
Coffee Bar Visitor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dennis Gansel

Written by

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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)

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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

Music by

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Heiko Maile

Cinematography by

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Torsten Breuer

Film Editing by

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Ueli Christen

Editorial Department

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Sandra Aichinger ... color timer
Arne Herrmann ... editor: making of/epk

Casting By

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Franziska Aigner-Kuhn
Uwe Bünker

Production Design by

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Knut Loewe

Art Direction by

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Petra Ringleb

Set Decoration by

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Tilman Lasch

Costume Design by

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Ivana Milos

Makeup Department

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Dörte Dobkowitz ... makeup artist
Franziska Dominick ... assistant makeup artist
Marie-Eglantine Romm ... additional makeup artist
Irina Tübbecke-Bechem ... makeup artist
Nina von Harling ... additional makeup artist
Renate Wetzel-Wagner ... additional makeup artist
Mieke Willaert ... additional makeup artist

Production Management

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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

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Maika Bonner ... third assistant director
Hendrik Holler ... first assistant director / second unit director
Matthias Nerlich ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Teresa Althen ... trainee props
Marc Boden-Buga ... graphic artist
Sarah Ganter ... trainee props
Philipp Hübner ... property master: outdoor
Andrea Oberlechner ... property master: indoor
Markus Wegner ... assistant property master: indoor

Sound Department

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David Arnold ... adr recordist
Tomas Bastian ... adr editor
Christian Bischoff ... re-recording mixer
Hans-Jörg Bramm ... sound (as Hans Bramm)
Christian Bruckmair ... adr mixer
Tschangis Chahrokh ... 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

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Michael Apling ... special effects office coordinator
Ronny Klost ... special effects technician
Adolf Wojtinek ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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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
Anja Senckpiehl ... digital transferer (as Ania Senckpiehl)
Sascha Stiller ... film recorder: ARRILASER
Steven Stueart ... film scanning

Stunts

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Sascha Girndt ... stunt rigger
Matthias Günther ... stunt rigger
Rainer Werner ... stunt coordinator
Phillip Wölke ... stunt safety

Camera and Electrical Department

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Johannes Burow ... video operator
Daniel Bussmann ... camera: unit b
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
Martin Leitsch ... second assistant camera
Andres Lizana Prado ... underwater camera operator
Jörg Melzer ... best boy
Frank Pawlowski ... electrician
Daniel Pieper ... underwater assistant camera (as Daniel Kraus) / underwater assistant camera
Philip Reinhold ... second assistant camera
Axel Renner ... best boy
Bernd Schultz ... grip
Matthias Wrage ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Johanna Ragwitz ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Inga Kusche ... costume assistant
Anja Lafin ... additional costume
Anske Lipinski ... wardrobe
Natalia Riede ... wardrobe
Jessica Specker ... trainee costume designer

Location Management

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Mathias Braun ... location scout
Christian Dosch ... location manager
Philipp von Hoff ... location manager
Gernot Zeglien ... location scout

Music Department

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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

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Ralf Pitzius ... production driver
Miklas Wittmann ... cast & production driver

Other crew

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Jan Birka ... script supervisor
Gabriele Friedel ... production coordinator
Darius Ghanai ... title designer
Angela Reedwisch ... key account manager

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

High school teacher, Rainer Wenger, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? Written by napierslogs

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Taglines IT WILL THRILL YOU. IT WILL CARRY YOU AWAY. IT WILL CHANGE YOU. IT WILL BREAK YOU See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Wave (United States)
  • The Wave (World-wide, English title)
  • La vague (France)
  • La ola (Spain)
  • A Onda (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Budget EUR5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Germany $3,151,023, 16 Mar 2008

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs The action is clearly set in the 21st century, but the license plates of most or all cars begin with 'BE' (district 'Beckum', North Rhine-Westphalia). These licenses expired on January 1st, 1975. (This surely is intended to set the action 'somewhere in Germany') See more »
Movie Connections Featured in We Are the Night (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Rock 'n' Roll High School See more »
Crazy Credits Opening and closing credits appear as graffiti. See more »
Quotes 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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