The Wave Movie

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Who's Involved:

Max Riemelt, Jurgen Vogel, Dennis Gansel, Jennifer Ulrich, Frederick Lau, Jacob Matschenz, Christiane Paul

Release Date:

Thursday, June 9, 2011 (Limited)

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr, 47 m

Plot: What's the story about?

Germany today. During project week, high school teacher Rainer Wenger (Jürgen Vogel) 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 with harmless notions like discipline and community builds into a real movement: The Wave. By the third day, the students start ostracizing and threatening others. When the conflict finally erupts into violence at an intramural water polo game, the teacher decides to break off the experiment. But it's too late.

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Cast: Who stars in it?

Crew: Who's making The Wave

A look at the The Wave behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Dennis Gansel last directed Berlin, I Love You and Mechanic: Resurrection.


Dennis Gansel



IFC Films

Production Company

Sundance Selects

Production: What we know about The Wave

Key Facts

  1. Language - German

Filming Timeline

On or about December 31, 1969, the film was in Completed status.

The Wave Release Date: When was it released?

The Wave was released in 2011 on Thursday, June 9, 2011 (Limited release).

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