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Whiplash (2014)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrew
... Fletcher
... Jim Neimann
... Nicole
... Ryan
... Carl Tanner
... Uncle Frank
... Mr. Kramer
... Aunt Emma
... Dorm Neighbor
... Dustin
... Travis
... Bassist (Nassau)
... Assistant - Sophie
... Metz
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Storyline

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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Drama | Music

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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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Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,388, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,092,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,982,041
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Trivia

J.K. Simmons has won 47 awards for his role as Fletcher. See more »

Goofs

In the studio band, we see close-ups of the saxophones' mouthpieces and ligatures. These are clearly not professional mouthpieces and ligatures; top college jazz players would be using only professional equipment. See more »

Quotes

Terence Fletcher: Nieman, you lost the fucking part.
Andrew: No, I didn't! You can't fucking do this to me!
Terence Fletcher: CAN'T?
Andrew: Yeah!
Terence Fletcher: When did you become a fucking expert on what I can or cannot do, you fucking weepy willow shitsack?
Andrew: I earned that part.
Terence Fletcher: You never earned anything. God, you are a self-righteous prick. The only reason you are a core is because you misplaced a folder. The only reason you're in studio band to begin with is because I told you EXACTLY what I'd be asking for in Nassau! Am I wrong?
Andrew: Yeah, yeah. I'm in studio ...
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Remade as Whiplash: Break Up Scene-Student Adaptation (2015) See more »

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Written by Justin Hurwitz
Courtesy of 5AM Music Ltd.
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Sure to be one of the best films of the year
27 October 2014 | by 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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