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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

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Damien Chazelle
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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

The road to greatness can take you to the edge

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In real life Jo Jones never threw a cymbal. He dropped it on the floor, 'gonging' him off - the equivalent of the modern buzzing someone off. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene during Caravan, an absolute impossibility occurs. When Fletcher first attempts to end the tune, the band ends on a C#. Then Andrew goes off on his unscheduled 5 minute drum solo, which clearly was not rehearsed or planned. "Andrew, man what are you doing?" Andrew indicates to Fletcher that he will cue him to bring the band back in for the final note. However the now the final note is no longer C# but D... How does the band know to play a D?? See more »

Quotes

Terence Fletcher: Everybody remember, Lincoln Center and its ilk use these competitions to decide who they are interested in and who they are not. And I am not gonna have my reputation in that department tarnished by a bunch of fucking limp-dick, sour-note, flatter-than-their-girlfriends, flexible-tempo dipshits. Got it?
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Whiplash
Written by Hank Levy
Original sheet music provided by Hank Levy Jazz LLC
Under exclusive license from Hank Levy Jazz LLC, Ellis Music Enterprises, & Scene Tracks Music
Courtesy of Stewart Levy & Hank Levy Jazz LLC
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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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