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Whiplash -- Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability -- and his sanity.
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Whiplash -- A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
Whiplash -- A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
Whiplash -- A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat 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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Release Date:
15 October 2014 (Philippines) See more »
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The road to greatness can take you to the edge
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 96 wins & 119 nominations See more »
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An important hardened lesson in resilience and when to stop measuring up to your mentor. Whiplash is a captivating study of ambition. See more (718 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miles Teller ... Andrew

J.K. Simmons ... Fletcher

Paul Reiser ... Jim Neimann

Melissa Benoist ... Nicole

Austin Stowell ... Ryan

Nate Lang ... Carl Tanner

Chris Mulkey ... Uncle Frank

Damon Gupton ... Mr. Kramer

Suanne Spoke ... Aunt Emma

Max Kasch ... Dorm Neighbor

Charlie Ian ... Dustin

Jayson Blair ... Travis

Kofi Siriboe ... Bassist (Nassau)

Kavita Patil ... Assistant - Sophie

C.J. Vana ... Metz

Tarik Lowe ... Pianist (Studio Band)

Tyler Kimball ... Saxophonist #2 (Studio Band)

Rogelio Douglas Jr. ... Trumpeter #1 (Studio Band)

Adrian Burks ... Trumpeter #2 (Studio Band)

Calvin C. Winbush ... Saxophonist (Studio Band) (as Calvin Winbush)
Joseph Bruno ... Technician (Overbrook) - Mike

Michael D. Cohen ... Stage Hand (Overbrook)
Jocelyn Ayanna ... Passerby (Bus Station)

Keenan Henson ... Truck Driver

Janet Hoskins ... Passerby (Dunellen)

April Grace ... Rachel Bornholdt
Clifton 'Fou Fou' Eddie ... Drummer (Quartet)

Marcus Henderson ... Bassist (JVC)
Tony Baker ... Stage Hand (Carnegie Hall)

Henry G. Sanders ... Red Henderson
Sam Campisi ... Andrew (8 years old)
Jimmie Kirkpatrick ... Nassau Trumpeter #2

Keenan Allen ... Studio Core Member #1

Ayinde Vaughan ... Studio Core Member #2
Shai Golan ... Studio Core Member #3
Yancey Wells ... Studio Core Member #4
Candace Roberge ... Student #1
Krista Kilber ... Student #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cici Leah Campbell ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
Damien Coates ... JVC Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Kyle Julian Graham ... JVC Alto Jazz Saxophone Player (uncredited)
Ellee Jane Hounsell ... Saxophone Player (uncredited)
Stephen Hsu ... JVC Guitarist (uncredited)

Herman Johansen ... Music Competition Judge (uncredited)
Wendee Lee ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Dakota Lupo ... JVC Saxophonist (uncredited)

Jesse Mitchell ... Rival Band Saxophonist (uncredited)

Amanda Newman ... JVC Trombonist (uncredited)

Joseph Oliveira ... Bartender (uncredited)
Brandon Eugene Owens ... Studio Band Bass Player (uncredited)
Michelle Ruff ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Tian Wang ... JVC Pianist (uncredited)
Daniel Weidlein ... Studio Band Saxophone Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Damien Chazelle 
 
Writing credits
Damien Chazelle (written by)

Produced by
Jason Blum .... producer
Jeanette Brill .... executive producer (as Jeanette Volturno-Brill)
Nicholas Britell .... co-producer
Phillip Dawe .... associate producer
Garrick Dion .... co-producer
Helen Estabrook .... producer
Mark David Katchur .... line producer (as Mark D. Katchur)
David Lancaster .... producer
Michel Litvak .... producer
Sarah Potts .... co-producer
Jason Reitman .... executive producer
Couper Samuelson .... executive producer
Gary Michael Walters .... executive producer
Stephanie Wilcox .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Justin Hurwitz 
 
Cinematography by
Sharone Meir (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Cross 
 
Casting by
Terri Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Melanie Jones  (as Melanie Paizis-Jones)
 
Art Direction by
Hunter Brown 
 
Set Decoration by
Karuna Karmarkar 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Norcia 
 
Makeup Department
David Larson .... key hair stylist
Heather Plott .... key makeup artist
Traci E. Smithe .... hair department head
Tobe West .... hair department head: New York
Tobe West .... makeup department head: New York
Nacoma Whobrey .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Tamara Gagarin .... post-production supervisor
Mark David Katchur .... unit production manager (as Mark D. Katchur)
Christopher H. Warner .... production supervisor
Jeffrey Stott .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arek Bagboudarian .... second second assistant director
Nicolas Harvard .... first assistant director (as Nicolas D. Harvard)
Nicolas Harvard .... second unit director (as Nicolas D. Harvard)
Rachel Jensen .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Annie Brandt .... property master
Patrick Butcher .... propmaker
Brian Chapman .... leadperson
Jeremy Cisneros .... on-set dresser
Catherine Devaney .... art department production assistant (as Cate Devaney)
Tim Dodge .... set dresser
Zak Faust .... art department coordinator
Bob Fox .... key scenic (as Bob 'Toxic' Fox)
Lianir Lopez .... art department production assistant (as Lia Lopez)
Chris Maxson .... set dresser
Carli Moloney .... property assistant
Glenda Mullins .... painter gang boss
Drew Rebelein .... construction coordinator (as Drew W. Rebelein)
Nicole Ruby .... assistant property master
Scott Shauger .... propmaker
Katie Singleton .... art department production assistant
Sandra Skora .... buyer
Jason Klinger .... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael Luce .... set dresser (uncredited)
Thibault Pelletier .... art department (uncredited)
Prentice Randolph .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alan Tanner .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Thomas Curley .... production sound mixer
Scott Curtis .... foley mixer
Eric Flickinger .... re-recording mix technician
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Alicia Hadaway .... foley artist
Lauren Hadaway .... sound editor
Dawn Lunsford .... foley artist
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Mann .... supervising sound editor
Michael Novitch .... chief engineer
Michael O'Heney .... sound utility
Evan Rautiainen .... IR engineer
Joe Schiff .... dialogue editor
David Stark .... boom operator
Laura Wiest .... re-recording mix technician
Ben Wilkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Wilkins .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Benavente .... adr editor (uncredited)
Evan Daum .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jordan O'Neill .... datasat sound mastering engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Zak Knight .... special effects coordinator (as Zachary Knight)
Ron Rosegard .... special effects foreperson
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Cannavo .... compositor: Ingenuity Engine
Jamison Scott Goei .... visual effects supervisor (as Jamison Goei)
Brian P. Harris .... compositor: Ingenuity Engine (as Brian Harris)
David Lebensfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Ingenuity Engine
Michael Lebensfeld .... managing director: Ingenuity Engine
Tasha Marlin .... compositor: Ingenuity Engine
John Martini .... compositor: Ingenuity Engine
Grant Miller .... visual effects supervisor: Ingenuity Engine
Mario Pece .... compositor: Ingenuity Engine
Matthew Poliquin .... executive producer: Ingenuity Engine
Alex Popkin .... data management i/o: Ingenuity Engine
Oliver Taylor .... head of operations: Ingenuity Engine (as Oliver Taylor)
Matthew Vojacek .... compositor: Ingenuity Engine
August Coleman .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kevin Patrick Burke .... stunt double: Fletcher (as Kevin Burke)
Mark Riccardi .... stunt coordinator
Brady Romberg .... stunt double: Andrew
Steven Stone .... stunt performer
Chester E. Tripp III .... stunt double: Truck Driver (as Chester Tripp)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chase A. Abrams .... digital imaging technician (as Chase Abrams)
Jaswinder Bedi .... digital loader
Shane Duckworth .... camera first assistant: New York
Jack M. Guberman .... set lighting technician (as Jack Guberman)
Francisco Sonic Kim .... grip
Eric Leach .... b camera operator
Daniel C. McFadden .... still photographer (as Daniel McFadden)
Rocker Meadows .... a camera first assistant
Sean C. Mehen .... key grip
Stephen Pazanti .... b camera first assistant (as Steve Pazanti)
Kevin Perry .... best boy electrician
Keith 'Crash' Rash .... camera second assistant (as Keith Rash)
Chris Squires .... a camera operator
Chris Squires .... steadicam operator
Wayne Stroud .... dolly grip
Michelle Sutor .... set lighting technician
Joseph Teague .... best boy grip
Kris White .... grip
Elan Yaari .... gaffer
Damien Collier .... additional lighting technician (uncredited)
Jason Goebel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jonathan Haaz .... grip (uncredited)
Zachary Helmer .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Chris Lombardi .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Orr .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Chris Rauch .... b camera: dolly grip (uncredited)
Casey Slade .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Andy Sydney .... additional first assistant (uncredited)
Erica Thurlow .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sarah Domeier .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Heather Sirota .... extras casting
Andrew Stubblefield .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Thong Hoang Nguyen .... on set costumer (as John Nguyen)
Regalia Thomas .... on set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Noel Albornoz .... digital intermediate color assist
Eric Canto .... digital intermediate quality control
Hershel Cohen .... post-production assistant
Vahe Giragol .... digital intermediate conform editor
Steve Hernandez .... digital intermediate producer
Jesse Korosi .... dailies producer
Steve Langius .... digital intermediate data operator
Natasha Leonnet .... digital intermediate colorist
Eugene Lok .... post-production assistant
Jason Modica .... digital intermediate quality control
Niccole Osborn .... post-production coordinator
Rafi Pogosyan .... end titles
Ismael Salas .... digital intermediate quality control
David Santoyo .... digital intermediate data operator
Dale Staley .... digital intermediate data operator
John To .... first assistant editor
Mike Will .... digital intermediate conform editor (as Michael Will)
Dannah Collins .... color correction (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Aarvold .... music scoring mixer
Charles M. Barsamian .... music business and legal executive
James Gibb .... associate producer
Anna Granucci .... music consultant
Richard Henderson .... music editor
Justin Hurwitz .... composer: Original Big Band Songs
Justin Hurwitz .... score orchestrator
Tara Moross .... music consultant
Chris Piccaro .... music clearance and licensing
Andy Ross .... music supervisor
Tim Simonec .... additional music: Original Big Band Competition Pieces
Richard Walters .... executive in charge of music: Bold Films
Dominik Hauser .... musical preparation (uncredited)
Jeremy Underwood .... assistant engineer (uncredited)
Jeremy Underwood .... pro tools recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Larry Alicata .... driver
James G. Brill .... transportation coordinator
Chris Chisholm .... driver
Jan Dally .... driver
Mike Hurwitz .... driver
Don Iwanaga .... driver
James Messersmith .... driver
Greg Taylor .... driver
John Yarbrough .... transportation captain (as J.D. Yarbrough)
 
Other crew
Logan Anderson .... stand-in
David Babbitt .... stand-in (as David Babbit)
Aidan Barnes .... stand-in
Mara Barr .... assistant: Mr Couper Samuelson
John Betts .... set production assistant: New York
Dan Bierbower .... set production assistant (as Dano Bierbower)
Kandice Billingsley .... location manager
Melanie Callahan .... assistant: Mr. David Lancaster
Carrie Cantore .... key assistant location manager
Justin Carville .... production accountant
Alex Coffee .... production business affairs
Kimberly Cripe .... payroll services: Cast and Crew Entertainment Services
Emily Dahm .... stand-in
David Danberg .... craft service
Thealonious Dickerson .... key set production assistant
Zoe Engling .... office assistant
Andrew Fetty .... stand-in
Julie Fial .... stand-in
John Funk .... stand-in
Steve Gordon .... footage and research clearances: Universal Media
Keana Hall .... stand-in
Lynn Johnson .... set medic
Aaron Khristeus .... post accountant
Eric Kulberg .... footage and research clearances: Universal Media
Michael Mallers .... stand-in
Cassandra Martinez .... assistant accountant
Cassandra Martinez .... payroll accountant
Christopher Miller .... epk producer (as Chris Miller)
Erica Mills .... assistant: Mr. Jason Reitman
Rob Mitchell .... production finance executive
Boman Modine .... set production assistant
Miles Mogulescu .... business affairs executive: Bold Films
Kelly O'Malley .... assistant: Ms. Helen Estabrook
Chelsea Stardust Peters .... first assistant: Mr. Jason Blum (as Chelsea Peters)
Brigette Pope .... assistant location manager
Eric Rae .... production accountant
Jake Renner .... stand-in
Matthew Ryckman .... assistant: Mr. Jason Blum (as Matt Ryckman)
Josh Sathre .... production coordinator
Elias Savada .... footage and research clearances: Universal Media
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor
Jillian Stricker .... location manager: New York
Mark Svenningsen .... controller
Drew Sykes .... production assistant
Suzy Vaughan .... clearances: Clearances Unlimited
Debbie Von Arx .... production legal counsel
Ali Wilber .... production assistant
Dexter Williams .... assistant: Mr. Gary Michael Walters
Benjamin Wright .... assistant: Mr. Jason Blum (as Ben Wright)
Ed Baney .... site rep (uncredited)
Joel Blacker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Amber Harley .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wes Kellison .... site rep (uncredited)
Michèle Nahon .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles (uncredited)
Sean Salvador .... location manager (uncredited)
Tiffany Renee Shreve .... client service supervisor (uncredited)
Alcy Sivyer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Daniel Tartre .... medic: construction/rigging (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Hank Levy Legacy Band .... special thanks
Luca Borghese .... special thanks
Delphine Harvard .... special thanks
Bruce Klauber .... special thanks
Sandra Lucchesi .... special thanks
Gabriela Revilla Lugo .... special thanks (as Gabriela Revilla)
Jasmine McGlade .... special thanks (as Jasmine McGlade Chazelle)
Stanton Moore .... special thanks
Sean Nowell .... special thanks
Cathy Rich .... courtesy of: Buddy Rich clip
Cathy Rich .... special thanks
Johnny Simmons .... special thanks
Don Steele .... special thanks
Gary Ungar .... special thanks
Jake Weathers .... special thanks
Frank Wuliger .... special thanks
Rosa Zagari-Marinzoli .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language including some sexual references
Runtime:
107 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fletcher asks the Nassau band Bassist to play "5 bars of Donna Lee", Donna Lee being a jazz standard by Charlie ParkerSee more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the retelling of the Charlie Parker/Jo Jones story, Fletcher says that Parker went back to practicing the very next day. According to Charlie Parker himself, he was so upset he didn't practice again for another three months.See more »
Quotes:
Terence Fletcher:Nieman, you earned the part. Alternates, will you clean the blood off my drum set?See more »
Soundtrack:
When I WakeSee more »

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257 out of 339 people found the following review useful.
An important hardened lesson in resilience and when to stop measuring up to your mentor. Whiplash is a captivating study of ambition., 23 October 2014
Author: Sergeant_Tibbs from Suffolk, England

Taking the festival circuit by storm since its Sundance premiere in January, Whiplash is starting to feel like the underdog that could go far with its crowd-pleasing intensity. On the surface, it's a gritty story about a brutal student-mentor relationship that oversteps boundaries. Underneath, it's a piercing examination of the psyche of unbridled ambition. Whiplash is a film that stops at nothing. As a result, it's the best film I've seen in years, and I say that without hesitation. This is a film that resonates on every single level and every moment counts. If writer/director Damien Chazelle was striving for greatness as much as his protagonist, then he has achieved it.

Miles Teller, who's been steadily growing on me since The Spectacular Now, stars as Andrew Neyman, a 19-year-old aspiring jazz drummer who's pushed and inspired by the abuse and aspirations of his school band leader Fletcher, played by the ferocious J.K. Simmons like we've never seen him before. Chazelle has described the film as an origin story to the jazz musicians of the golden age, and it thrives on the myths of jazz heroes such as Charlie Parker. They're urgently looking for the next Parker, in search of perfection. But with that comes a great irony. The music genre is known as one for freedom of expression but here the jazz is soulless and mechanical, and that clouds the ethical judgment of the characters. Even so, Fletcher is a man who can tell if you have the right tempo within a bar. Although most of the audience for the film may not know much about music including myself, you get a feel for what he's looking for and when someone's wrong even if you don't know why. Simmons is as good as they say he is. He's a force of nature, with a terrifying presence that incites the fear Bryan Cranston achieved with the peak of his Walter White. But it's not a one-note performance. Simmons is still subversive with moments of weakness, insecurity, approachability, and he also sometimes brings in the lightness he's known for in other roles with Jason Reitman, exec producer here.

Even though he's an unlikeable character with nothing nice to say, he's still somewhat endearing and enigmatic, much like R. Lee Ermey's drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket. This demasculinisation through a barrage of insults is a theme explored in Whiplash and it argues whether it's a crime or an 'ends justifying the means' factor of life. It's not just a music film, but also one that adapts to the elements of sports training, war at boot camp and biopic genres with the way it frames its elements. Fletcher is representative of the devil on our shoulders that yells at us that we're not good enough and that symbolic idea resonates deeply for me. His poisonous words are more a part of Andrew's psyche than legitimate coaching techniques. What grabs me about the film is its discussion on artistic perfection, and especially in these intimate and rough sequences of practicing. What is objectively great in art? When is it good enough, and why? It toes a fascinating line. That's why drumming is such an interesting choice for the film to explore because it's so instinctive. Drummers have to make decisions within a fraction of a second and talent can only take you so far. The roaring beat in Whiplash puts your heart in your throat. Teller's performance as Andrew is terrific, one to match Simmons.

Chazelle is committed on expressing the physicality of drumming and Teller captures it exhaustively without feeling contrived. It's the virtuosity of the writing that allows us into Andrew's head however. It's a long road to the top, but the script makes the right decision to allow him to revel in the little moments of success, but then to immediately test him in surprising and involving ways. Each turn of the story shapes his expectations and ambitions and then escalates it to the right point. While the film is a gripping experience nonetheless, in retrospect perhaps it is too bitingly cynical. It does suggest that you have to be deprived of a meaningful relationship to achieve your goals. It does appear to be very anti-positive reinforcement, but perhaps it's merely a statement on the abundant sheltering that the latest generation is enduring. Whiplash is refreshing to see, we all know we wouldn't be resilient enough to take that kind of punishment so it's cathartic to watch Andrew go through it all and see how far he'll go. His frustration, regrets, fear and rage with himself cuts to the core of the human condition as he's pushed further and further.

The technical aspects of the film help it become so stimulating with dizzying closeups tightly edited together and its the stark orange tinted cinematography. It's thoroughly impressive that the film was shot in only 19 days for them to get shots so immaculately timed and performed with all those complicated movements. There's a refreshing brevity to the film with its sharp atmosphere, but it's so rich in emotion, psychological tension and personal subtext. It neither rushes nor drags, on paper nor on screen. It really is a film that lingers in your mind for days, nagging you, like Fletcher over your shoulder. Maybe it'll continue to linger for weeks. I hope so too, especially for Oscar voters. It seems that J.K. Simmons is building momentum to be a lock for Best Supporting Actor at this point. However, Whiplash isn't just a best of year film, nor best of decade. It approaches best of all-time worthy with its identifiable themes of meticulous work ethics, fulfilling aspirations, resilience of the soul, and knowing when to no longer measure yourself to your mentor. I'll take this film with me for a while as a screaming motivator.

10/10. Best film of the decade.

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