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Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  14 January 2005 (USA)
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Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Battle
Principal Garrison
Mel Winkler ...
Coach White
Ty Crane
Mrs. Battle


In 1999, Ken Carter, a successful sporting goods store owner, accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA, where he was a champion athlete. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He immediately imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that include stipulations for respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades as requisites to being allowed to participate. The initial resistance from the boys is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor in the games. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray and Carter learns that too many players are doing poorly in class, he takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement. In the ensuing debate, ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It begins on the street. It ends here.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language, teen partying and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All Day Long  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,168,180 (USA) (14 January 2005)


$1,174,586 (Australia) (3 June 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Texas Battle and Antwon Tanner were in the tv series One Tree Hill. Texas Battle appeared in 2 episodes of season 3 as a friend of Nathan Scott's from basketball camp "Tony Battle. Where as Antwon Tanner starred as Antwon "Skills" Taylor, recurring and then main character and good friend to Lucas and later on Nathan Scott. See more »


During the state game, Carter tells Cruz to go in for Kenyon. But, when the game starts, both Kenyon and Cruz are playing in the game. See more »


Jason Lyle: You said we're a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.
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Crazy Credits

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It's about time there's a movie about morals.
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I don't care about dates. I don't care about names, or stats, or if the writers got a bunch of stats confused. I mean did you actually watch the movie, or were you just looking at the screen for misprints on jerseys? To believe that some people can actually watch a movie and then complain that the time line is off with reality is beyond my comprehension. Who cares about the time line! It's not reality that you're watching, it's a movie. Movies, no matter how real the stories they are based on, are not real. They are altered. They are changed to make a better storyline.

If people can be dense enough to complain about names and numbers and dates, then they missed the big picture. They missed a great movie that actually conveys a real message. It's not about the sports, it's about the students. And it's not always about what you put in, it's about what you take out. It's about what you take away from the situation that you've walked into.

That's what this movie is about, not about basketball. It's about life, and how easily people give in and give up. It's about learning, and having faith that people will do the right thing. Yes, it's about public education, and a community on the edge of stupid, but there's more to it than that. You just have to stop looking, and watch.

This movie truly was excellent, right up there on the shelf next to "With Honors." But make sure you are really paying attention, otherwise, what's the point?

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