• Whiplash (2014)


Release Date: October 10th, 2014

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2015

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Max Kasch, Damon Gupton

Director: Damien Chazelle

Genres: Drama , Music

Production Co: Bold Films, Right of Way Films, Blumhouse

Keywords: 2010s , Sacrifice , Car , Pursuit , House , Friend , Intense , Emotional ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment. show more

  • 80
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    It also happens to feature a pair of performances that eclipse all else around them. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Whiplash is writer/director Damien Chazelle's hyperventilated nightmare about artistic struggle, artistic ambition. It's as much a horror movie as it is a keenly realized indie about jazz, about art, about what it takes to claim greatness. show more

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Nominated Best Picture
Winner Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Sound Mixing
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)