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Coach Carter (2005)

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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In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter 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, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It begins on the street. It ends here.

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

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14 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$67,253,092 (USA) (29 April 2005)
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Trivia

The first time Samuel L. Jackson met the real Ken Carter was at a high school basketball game. A big fan of the sport, Jackson says: "He was pretty amazing and knew as much as I did about basketball." See more »

Goofs

In the championship game, late in the 4th quarter the score is shown St. Francis 68-67 over Richmond. Richmond scores to take the lead presumably. However, when the buzzer beater is made by St. Francis in the closing seconds, the scoreboard shows a final score of 70-68. It should have read 70-69 as a final score. See more »

Quotes

Coach Ken Carter: What's your deepest fear?
Worm: Why he keep saying that? "What's your deepest fear?" What's that mean?
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During the opening credits there is the sound of dribbling and there are streaks where the cast members are shown. See more »

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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Roll wit' You
by Ciara (as Ciara Harris), Demetrius Spencer & LaKiesha Miles
Performed by Ciara
Courtesy of Jive Records
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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Not your average basketball movie
15 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

While basketball is used as the backdrop for the movie, Coach Carter really isn't about basketball. The real heart of the movie is in the way Coach Carter begins to turn the lives around of the players on his basketball team by showing them that someone actually cares about what happens to them after high school.

At one point in the movie Carter (played perfectly by Samuel L. Jackson) asks a player why he plays basketball and he responds with "to win the state title" - which of course gets him high fives from the rest of the team. Carter then asks the team who won the state title last year and nobody knows the answer. Carter tries to show his players that high school basketball is not about winning but about discipline, respect and the confidence to accomplish any goal.

If you are thinking about going to see Coach Carter as a basketball movie, I suggest seeing another movie, but if you want to see a truly inspiring story go see Coach Carter.


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