The Wave


1h 47m 2008

Brief Synopsis

During a project week, high school teacher Rainer Wenger comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. A role-playing game with tragic results begins. Within a few days, what began as harmless notions, like discipline and community, builds into a

Film Details

Also Known As
Die Welle, Wave!, Welle, vague
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2008
Location
Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

During a project week, high school teacher Rainer Wenger comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. A role-playing game with tragic results begins. Within a few days, what began as harmless notions, like discipline and community, builds into a real movement. By the third day, the students start ostracizing and threatening others.

Film Details

Also Known As
Die Welle, Wave!, Welle, vague
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2008
Location
Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States Spring May 27, 2011

Released in United States on Video November 29, 2011

Video on Demand in United States Spring June 8, 2011

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States October 2008

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 16-29, 2008.

Limited Release in United States Spring May 27, 2011 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video November 29, 2011

Video on Demand in United States Spring June 8, 2011

Based on a short story written by William Ron Jones and "The Wave" teleplay written by Johnny Dawkins and Ron Birnbach.

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Dramatic Competition) January 17-27, 2008.)

The Wave is the dramatization that recounts a real-life high school experiment that happened in Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California in 1969, and was made into a after school special in 1981.

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 16-29, 2008.)