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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

Fletcher is never directly addressed by name until almost an hour into the film. See more »

Goofs

When Andrew first goes into the Jazz bar to see Fletcher perform, the scar on his neck appears on the right side whereas for the rest of the movie the scar is on the left. See more »

Quotes

Poster of Buddy Rich on Andrew's wall: IF YOU DON'T HAVE ABILITY, YOU WIND UP PLAYING IN A ROCK BAND
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Referenced in Hawaii Five-0: Hana Keaka (2015) See more »

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Keep Me Waiting
Written by Dana Williams & Maxwell Drummey
Performed by Dana Williams
By arrangement with David Adcock @ 505GRP
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Terrible, unrealistic portrayal of a beautiful art form (Jazz)
21 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Whiplash is a terrible, unrealistic movie. First of all, of all the musical forms in popular culture, Jazz is one of the most relaxed and organic. The fact that the music director is characterized as disciplinarian is reminiscent of the "classical" genre of 60+ year ago (Toscanini, Bruno Walter, etc.), where musical directors ruled with an almost fascist like iron fist. This changed years ago in "classical" music and was NEVER the case in Jazz. I am a former professional Jazz and classical musician who studied at top music schools, and creating great Jazz is about relaxing and being in the moment, not being frightened to the point of crying because of an evil music director.

Secondly, within the first 20 minutes of the movie, the music director throws a chair at the student and then slaps him!! This is called ASSAULT, and would NEVER happen (or more to the point, be tolerated), in any academic institution, minor or major! Certainly not in the US (or in New York City, as in this case.) This alone completely discredits this movie in my opinion. It's an unrealistic piece of crap that should not ever had been made!! This movie is a discredit to the beautiful art form that is Jazz and an insult to all who teach and play it.


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