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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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Damien Chazelle

Writer:

Damien Chazelle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... Andrew
J.K. Simmons ... Fletcher
Paul Reiser ... Jim Neimann
Melissa Benoist ... Nicole
Austin Stowell ... Ryan
Nate Lang Nate Lang ... Carl Tanner
Chris Mulkey ... Uncle Frank
Damon Gupton ... Mr. Kramer
Suanne Spoke ... Aunt Emma
Max Kasch ... Dorm Neighbor
Charlie Ian Charlie Ian ... Dustin
Jayson Blair ... Travis
Kofi Siriboe ... Bassist (Nassau)
Kavita Patil ... Assistant - Sophie
C.J. Vana ... Metz
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Storyline

Nineteen year old Andrew Niemann wants to be the greatest jazz drummer in the world, in a league with Buddy Rich. This goal is despite not coming from a pedigree of greatest, musical or otherwise, with Jim, his high school teacher father, being a failed writer. Andrew is starting his first year at Shaffer Conservatory of Music, the best music school in the United States. At Shaffer, being the best means being accepted to study under Terence Fletcher and being asked to play in his studio band, which represents the school at jazz competitions. Based on their less than positive first meeting, Andrew is surprised that Fletcher asks him to join the band, albeit in the alternate drummer position which he is more than happy to do initially. Andrew quickly learns that Fletcher operates on fear and intimidation, never settling for what he considers less than the best each and every time. Being the best in Fletcher's mind does not only entail playing well, but knowing that you're playing well ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

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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Trivia

J.K. Simmons has played piano in the past and had to retake lessons for his role. See more »

Goofs

When Andrew first peeks in Fletcher's classroom Metz is not seen in the classroom. Jackson, who replaces Metz later on, is seen sitting in his place. See more »

Quotes

Terence Fletcher: What the fuck are you looking for? There's no pot of gold down there.
[Ryan starts adjusting the seat]
Terence Fletcher: Really? Adjusting the seat, really? That's been your problem the whole fucking time, the seat height? So now you have it, right? Go!
[Ryan starts playing]
Terence Fletcher: BULLSHIT! FUCK YOU!
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Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #44.1 (2015) See more »

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Overbrook Competition
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Intense
22 October 2014 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

This movie was far better than the trailer made it look.

JK Simmons gave a stellar performance as a music teacher in the best Jazz school, trying desperately to find and develop the next jazz legend. From the moment he appears he demands the screen, literately. There's a part in the flick were he just burst open the door putting a halt on whatever is going, and makes it all about what he wants, which sets the tone for the entire movie. One of the best antagonist I've seen at the movies.

Miles Teller plays the protagonist, A first year Jazz student who wants to be the next Jazz legend and is willing to go through the pain needed to become just that. I've been a fan of Miles Teller for a while and this movie just increase my fandom

It does not matter whether you are into jazz or not, this flick is about and boy willing to kill himself to become the best and the man willing to kill the boy so he can be the best. For anyone who has ever been in that kind of pressure, weather it be at college or on the playing field(I kid you not, watching these guys play Jazz played out like I was watching a Football movie with Miles being the Quarterback and JK being the coach)

It was an emotion trill ride with a lot of ups and downs, and just when you think the ride is over, we go for a second time around.

Excellence!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2014 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Whiplash See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,388, 12 October 2014

Gross USA:

$13,092,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,982,041
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2.39 : 1
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