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Whiplash (2013)

A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student.


Damien Chazelle


Damien Chazelle
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Simmons ... Andrew Neiman
Nate Lang Nate Lang ... Carl
J.K. Simmons ... Fletcher
C.J. Vana ... Metz
Honora Javier Honora Javier ... Amy
Omari Grayson Omari Grayson ... Trumpet Player
Stuart Hammill Stuart Hammill ... Trumpet Player
Charlie Estes Charlie Estes ... Trumpet Player
Ranfins Rincon Ranfins Rincon ... Trumpet Player
John Greer John Greer ... Trombone Player
Paul Dietz Paul Dietz ... Trombone Player (as Paul Hanson)
Erik Hughes Erik Hughes ... Trombone Player
Spencer Sussman Spencer Sussman ... Trombone Player
Michael Moeh Michael Moeh ... Pianist
Joshua Bracks Joshua Bracks ... Guitar Player


A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student.

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Short | Drama | Music





Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whiplash See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Simmons stars as Neiman opposite J. K. Simmons as Fletcher. J. K. stands for Jonathan Kimble, which means both leads in the film are played by a John Simmons. See more »


[repeated line]
Andrew Neiman: I'm upset!
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Remade as Whiplash (2014) See more »


Written by Hank Levy
Performed by Hank Levy Legacy Band (as The Hank Levy Legacy Band)
Original Sheet Music provided courtesy of Hank Levy Jazz LLC
Under exclusive license from Hank Levy Jazz LLC and Ellis Music Enterprises
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Works great on its own, but is almost identical to the scene in the feature
6 April 2015 | by peefynSee all my reviews

If you are curious if you should watch this before or after watching the feature length version: Either works.

This is (almost) a scene taken straight from the movie, and it's a compliment to the movie that it works so well by itself. This scene was one of my favorites in the movie (though there were many other good ones), and it works great as an introduction to the culture that Andrew (the main character) is getting into. It is also an introduction to Fletcher, the character played by Simmons - and by seeing this all alone you miss the build up that you find in the feature film. But the reverence the students have for him is still obvious from the get go.

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