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Die Welle (original title)
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.


Dennis Gansel


Ron Jones (short story and original protocols) (as William Ron Jones), Johnny Dawkins (screenplay "The Wave") | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Tim Oliver Schultz ... Jens
Basic Modern Polo Shirt Red Gap dZqtZvn ... Mona
Fabian Preger ... Kaschi
Odine Johne ... Maja


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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Evil is something that you learn [Sweden] See more »


Drama  | Thriller


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Official Sites:

Constantin Film [Germany]

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Release Date:

27 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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The Wave See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office


€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,151,023 (Germany), 16 March 2008, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Jones, teacher and writer of the original short story and teleplay The Wave appears in the film as a diner sitting outside the restaurant that the members of the Wave tag with their logo stencil. See more »


(at around 15 mins) The teacher is formally called Rainer Wenger, although informally he uses his first name is Rainer, among his students initially and later his surname during the project, Wenger. One might think the principal would use his first name when talking to him, but in Germany when adult colleagues speak to each other, they use their last name when talking to each other, i.e. Herr Wenger. Sky Skirt Dr Night Shop denim Online Mini Z4OSxq »


Rainer Wenger: So you don't think there could be another dictatorship in Germany?
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Opening and closing credits appear as graffiti. See more »


References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »


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Written by Matt Black, Jon More, Mike Ladd and Jon Spencer
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A wonderful and moving film that had me gripped throughout. Absolutely brilliant.
19 September 2008 | by geoffgeeSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film with a superb screenplay and direction and great acting from its mainly young cast. I felt myself being drawn into the film in the same way as Mr Wenger's students were being drawn into his 'experiment'. The drama unfolds relatively slowly at first, but with gathering momentum and consequences. There is also a very moving portrayal of some of the tensions produced within some of the romantic pairings as well as the extreme anguish caused in one student by his heightened susceptibility. I think the depth to which personal relationships and social groupings are explored make this into much more of a fascinating drama than an exercise in the condemning of fascism. Please don't be put off by the subtitles. I can't recommend this film too highly.

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