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Whiplash (2014)

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang
Charlie Parker | heroin
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Theater marquis: “RIFIFI” (0:05)

Jazz instructor Fletcher tells percussion student Andrew, “You know Charlie Parker became Bird because Jones threw a cymbal at his head.” (0:23)

Fletcher tells Andrew, “I didn’t know they allowed retards into Shaffer.” (0:28)

Andrew tells college student and movie theater concessionist Nicole, “Your mom sounds insane.” (0:33)

Fletcher tells percussionist Tanner, “You give a calculator to a... retard, he’s gonna try to turn on a TV with it.”
Tanner: “It’s my memory.”
Fletcher tells Andrew, “Well, you better... hope your memory doesn’t fail you...” (0:39)

Andrew: “Charlie Parker didn’t know anybody until Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his head.”
His high school teacher father Jim tells Andrew, “Dying broke and drunk and full of heroin at the age of 34 is not exactly my idea of success.”
Andrew: ”I’d rather die drunk, broke, at the age of 34 and have people at the dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remember who I was.“
”None of us were friends with Charlie Parker.” (0:45)

Lawyer Rachel tells Andrew, referring to musician Sean Casey, “Last month he hanged himself in his apartment.”
”Sean suffered from anxiety and depression.” (1:10)

Fletcher tells Andrew, “Any... moron can wave his arms and keep people in tempo... otherwise we’re depriving the world of the next... Charlie Parker. I told you that story about how Charlie Parker became Charlie Parker, right?”
”Parker’s a young kid, pretty good on the sax...”
Andrew: “You know, maybe you go too far and you discourage the next Charlie Parker from ever becoming Charlie Parker.”
Fletcher: ”No... because the next Charlie Parker would never be discouraged.”
”The truth is, Andrew, I never really had a Charlie Parker.” (1:19)