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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

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A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him. Written by andrewhodkinson

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The road to greatness can take you to the edge

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Rated R for strong language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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15 October 2014 (Philippines)  »

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Whiplash: Música y obsesión  »

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$3,300,000 (estimated)

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$135,388 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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$13,092,000 (USA) (27 March 2015)
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In the scene where J.K. Simmons yells "I will fuck you like a pig," you may notice that the camera cuts away from him when he delivers that line. The line was actually taken from the short film; the original line was "I am going to gut you like a fucking pig." Damien Chazelle thought the new line was hilarious and included it in the production script. Simmons thought it was ridiculous and refused to say that line, but Chazelle included the 'mistake' in post-production anyway. See more »

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When Andrew and Fletcher meet for the first time while he is doing doubles Andrew looks up to see that Fletcher left and there is no jacket on the hook. When Fletcher walks back in and says, "Oops I forgot my jacket," the coat has reappeared on the hook. See more »

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Terence Fletcher: [melancholic] Guys, just put your instruments down for a minute.
[plays a slow trumpet song through speakers]
Terence Fletcher: Just listen for a minute. Six years ago, I came across a kid in a practice room, working on his scales. He was early second year and he'd started at Shaffer with a lot of hope. Like all you guys. But the truth was that he barely squeaked in to begin with and, uh... he was really struggling. The faculty were all telling him, "Maybe this isn't for you." But they didn't see what I saw. This ...
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Intoit
Written & Performed by Stan Getz
Published by Prestige Music
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Sure to be one of the best films of the year
27 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whiplash is low budget film making at its finest, and surely promises big things from rookie director/writer Damien Chazelle. Seeing this film in theaters was the first time this year that I have completely enraptured (granted, I have not seen all of the top films that have come out so far). Also, I am a succor for quality films about musicians, and Whiplash ranks in my all time favorites in that genre. The tension did not let up from the very first scene, especially as soon as the incredible J.K. Simmons enters. Simmons, along with Miles Teller (who's Project X days are now long behind him) have some of the best on screen chemistry I've seen. They're connected; one cannot act without it affecting the other. The film is almost entirely focused on this relationship, and the simplicity definitely services the film. I hope people will go and see it and vote with their pocketbooks for excellent low budget films.


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