Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) 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 (J.K. Simmons), 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.


Miles Teller

JK Simmons

Melissa Benoist

Paul Reiser



Damien Chazelle



Damien Chazelle


Michel Litvak

David Lancaster

Jason Blum

Helen Estabrook


Executive Producer(s):

Jeanette Brill

Jason Reitman

Couper Samuelson

Gary Michael Walters


Sundance Film Festival: Won Grand Jury Prize Dramatic Feature and Dramatic Audience Award
Cannes Film Festival: Nominated Queer Palm Award
Calgary International Film Festival: Won People’s Choice Award
Gotham Independent Film Awards: Won Best Actor
Palm Springs Film Festival: Spotlight Award

Press & Reviews

Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for ‘Whiplash.’ It’s electrifying.Read More…
Peter TraversRolling Stone

Miles Teller stars as an aspiring musician in director Damien Chazelle’s festival-opening drama.Read More…
Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter