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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.


Drama | Sport

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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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One of Coach Carter's rules in the contract stated that the players must wear ties on game day. In one scene, there is a sign in the background that reads, "Boys Basketball Game Today" and Kenyan is seen talking to his girlfriend in regular street clothes, thus violating the team rule. See more »


Kenyon Stone: Coach thinks I can play basketball and still get into college.
Kyra: So what are you saying? You want out?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits there is the sound of dribbling and there are streaks where the cast members are shown. See more »


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by Tyrese Gibson & Derek Allen
Performed by Tyrese Gibson (as Tyrese)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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Samuel L. Jackson Makes The Intense Coach Carter Come To Life.
24 January 2005 | by (Calimesa, California) – See all my reviews

There are many movies similar in plot and theme to Coach Carter but this movie stands well on it's own. Most of the credit for that has to go to the star, Samuel L. Jackson. They could not have found a better man to play this role. I do not know much about the coach this movie is based on, but I can not imagine anything better or stronger than what Jackson has given us here.

The story is pretty much like any other. A former basketball star from the early 70's is asked to coach this year's team due to the fact that the old coach is not able to keep the kids focused on their grades, coming to class, etc. Where this movie differs, and what makes this better than most movies of this type, is the depth it goes into in most of the players on the team. The bigger stars have their own back stories and reasons for why they are the way they are.

Obviously, judging the acting, Samuel L. Jackson is head and shoulders above the rest but others who stand out here are Rick Gonzalez, Antwon Tanner and Robert Ri'chard. Each of these guys played their characters to a tee. Overall, if you want to see an inspiring movie and feel like it accomplished it's purpose at the end, I can recommend Coach Carter to you. 8/10

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