To explain to his students the atmosphere in the 1930's Nazi Germany, history teacher Burt Ross initiates a daring experiment. He declares himself leader of a new movement, called 'The Wave'. Inspired, he proclaims ideas about Power, Discipline and Superiority. His students are strikingly willing to follow him. Soon the entire school is under the spell of 'The Wave'. Anyone who refuses to be a part of the Movement, faces threats or worse. Ross himself gets carried away by his own experiment. Or has it turned into something more than an experiment? A climax is unavoidable, resulting in a hard lesson for both Ross and his students...
Diederik B.A. Rep
Did You Know?
Originally produced as an ABC Afterschool Special, the network chose to instead debut this film in prime time as part of its 'ABC Theater for Young Americans' series. See more
[Ross and his wife are arguing over The Wave's impact on other teachers' classes, including Christy's
Just turn it off!
Not yet! If I stopped now, they'd be left hanging. They'd be confused.
Well, let them be confused!
NO! I have to push them until they get the point. I'm teaching these kids the most important lesson of their lives!