The Wave (1981 film)

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The Wave
Directed by Austin Chambers
Produced by Austin Communications
Screenplay by Johnny Dawkins
Based on a short story 
by Ron Jones[1]
Starring Bruce Davison (Ben Ross)
Country USA
Language English
Release date
  • October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04) (location)
Running time 44mins.

The Wave is a short made-for-TV movie directed by Alex Grasshoff, based on Ron Jones' The Third Wave experiment. Though more prominently featured as an episode of the ABC Afterschool Special series, this show debuted October 4, 1981, almost two years before being featured in the Afterschool Special series.

It starred Bruce Davison as the teacher Ben Ross, a character based on Jones.

A novelization of the film The Wave, was released in the same year. Ron Jones' writings and Johnny Dawkins' screenplay were also basis of the 2008 German film The Wave.


The Wave won a 1982 Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program, and a 1981 Peabody Award. It also won a 1981 Young Artist Award for Best Television Special - Family Enjoyment.

Writer Johnny Dawkins was nominated for a 1982 Humanitas Prize in the 60 minute category, and a 1983 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Children's Show.


  1. ^ actual film credits: "based on a short story by Ron Jones"

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