The Wave (2008 film)

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The Wave
Diewelle poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dennis Gansel
Produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion
Christian Becker
Screenplay by Dennis Gansel
Peter Thorwarth
Ron Jones (novel & diary)
Based on The Wave by Morton Rhue
Starring Jürgen Vogel
Frederick Lau
Max Riemelt
Jennifer Ulrich
Music by Heiko Maile
Distributed by Constantin Film Verleih GmbH
Release dates
Running time 107 minutes
Country Germany
Language German
Budget €5,000,000
Box office €23,679,136[1]

Die Welle (English: The Wave) is a 2008 German film directed by Dennis Gansel and starring Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Jennifer Ulrich and Max Riemelt in the leads. It is based on Ron Jones' social experiment The Third Wave. The film was produced by Christian Becker for Rat Pack Filmproduktion. It was successful in German cinemas, and after ten weeks, 2.3 million people had watched it.


  • Jürgen Vogel as Rainer Wenger, the teacher who started the experiment with his class.
  • Frederick Lau as Tim, an insecure, mentally unstable student who has had problems at school. At the beginning of the film he is pictured as an outsider until The Wave project starts. Then he becomes a committed member and finds new friends.
  • Elyas M'Barek as Sinan, a student of Turkish descent and member of the water-polo team. He is Bomber's best friend. Elyas M'Barek had earlier appeared in Gansel's film Mädchen, Mädchen.
  • Maximilian Vollmar as Bomber, a bully who reforms thanks to The Wave and befriends Tim
  • Maximilian Mauff as Kevin, an upperclass student who clashes with The Wave at first until he joins the group for social reason as he loses his status
  • Jacob Matschenz as Dennis, a student who comes from East Germany. He becomes a member of The Wave, like most of his classmates.
  • Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow as Ferdi
  • Tim Oliver Schultz as Jens
  • Amelie Kiefer as Mona
  • Odine Johne as Maja
  • Fabian Preger as Kaschi
  • Tino Mewes as Schädel
  • Maxwell Richter as Anarchist
  • Alexander Held as Tim's father
  • Dennis Gansel as Martin


The film was shot in the Marie Curie Gymnasium in Dallgow-Döberitz over 38 days. The filmmakers spent almost a year casting young actors.[2] Dennis Gansel explained that the ending was inspired by the Emsdetten school shooting.[3]


The soundtrack of the film was released on 25 May 2008 through EMI Germany, and contains tracks by The Subways, Kilians, Johnossi, Digitalism and The Hives, as well as a cover version of the classic Ramones' track "Rock 'n' Roll High School" made for the film by the German punk band EL*KE. Jan Plewka wrote and recorded a song for the film, Was Dich So Verändert Hat, in both a German and English version. The German version ended up in the film but the English version is available on an international version of the soundtrack. The title-song "Garden Of Growing Hearts" was performed by Berlin band Empty Trash. The original film score was composed by Heiko Maile, a member of the band Camouflage.

Die Welle
Soundtrack album by Various
Genre Soundtrack
Length 80 minutes
Label EMI Germany
  1. "Intro - Jürgen Vogel & Tim Oliver Schultz"
  2. "Rock'n'Roll Highschool - EL*KE"
  3. "Rock & Roll Queen (Album Version) - The Subways"
  4. "Execution Song - Johnossi"
  5. "Fight The Start - Kilians"
  6. "Garden Of Growing Hearts (Radio Edit) - Empty Trash"
  7. "Spending My Time - Orange But Green"
  8. "Short Life Of Margott - Kilians"
  9. "Everything Is Under Control - Coldcut"
  10. "Bored - Ronda Ray featuring Markie J"
  11. "Homzone - Digitalism"
  12. "Move It! - Ronda Ray Featuring Trevor Jackson"
  13. "Nightlite - Bonobo"
  14. "Was Dich So Verändert Hat - Jan Plewka"
  15. "Arrested - Heiko Maile"
  16. "Power Control - Ronda Ray Featuring Trevor Jackson"
  17. "Climbing Up the Tower - Heiko Maile"
  18. "Sending Out an SMS - Heiko Maile"
  19. "Swimming - Heiko Maile"
  20. "White Shirts - Heiko Maile"
  21. "Dark School - Heiko Maile"


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