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Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.



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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. (C) Sony Classics

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Miles Teller
as Andrew Neyman
J.K. Simmons
as Terence Fletcher
Max Kasch
as Dorm Neighbor
Damon Gupton
as Mr. Kramer
Chris Mulkey
as Uncle Frank
Suanne Spoke
as Aunt Emma
Kofi Siriboe
as Bassist (Nassau)
Kavita Patil
as Assistant - Sophie
Tarik Lowe
as Pianist (Studio Band)
Tyler Kimball
as Saxophonist #2 (Studio Band)
Rogelio Douglas, Jr.
as Trumpeter #1 (Studio Band)
Adrian Burks
as Trumpeter #2 (Studio Band)
Calvin C. Winbush
as Saxophonist (Studio Band)
Joseph Bruno
as Technician (Overbrook) - Mike
Michael D. Cohen
as Stage Hand (Overbrook)
Michael D. Cohen
as Stage Hand (Overbrook)
Jocelyn Ayanna
as Passerby (Bus station)
Keenan Henson
as Truck Driver
Janet Joskins
as Passerby (Dunellen)
April Grace
as Rachel Bornholdt
Clifton Eddie
as Drummer (Quartet)
Marcus Henderson
as Bassist (JVC)
Tony Baker
as Stagehand (Carnegie Hall)
Henry G. Sanders
as Red Henderson
Sam Campisi
as Andrew (8 years old)
Jimmie Kirkpatrick
as Nassau Trumpeter #2
Keenan Allen
as Studio Core Member #1
Ayinde Vaughn
as Studio Core Member #2
Shai Golan
as Studio Core Member #3
Yancey Wells
as Studio Core Member #4
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Audience Reviews for Whiplash

  • Feb 12, 2017
    Bolstered by magnetic performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, Whiplash is a dark, intense, and most of all thought provoking look into the idea of greatness. The dazzling editing allows the music to flow through the scenes like butter, allowing for one of the best finales in recent film history.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2016
    The sadistic teaching methods of a jazz ensemble conductor are cut like an action movie, which makes this very entertaining even for people with little interest in this kind of music. Simmons is fantastic in his role and rules every scene he is in. The only problem is: our "hero" is kind of an asshole, too.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2016
    This movie is one of the movie that left me speechless. Brilliant performace from J. K. Simmons. Miles Teller is great too. I honestly did not want this movie to end.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2016
    Whiplash reminds audiences that a powerful drama requires little more than two titanic performances on a simple set. JK Simmons delivers the performance of his lifetime by channeling all of the menace of his HBO roots. The directorial work is also topnotch and technically outstanding. Captivating long shots and masterfully executed camera work draws the audience into this brilliant study into obsession. The movie maintains a nearly relentless pace throughout without losing an ounce of its allure. A simply breathtaking study in how carefully chosen scenes and razor sharp dialogue can do true justice to a film's message and theme. A must see movie and a true classic in the making.
    Shane S Super Reviewer

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