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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Feature film debut of Channing Tatum. See more »


In the huddle during the Holiday Championship Game, Kenyon's headband reads "And 1" in the back, but it switches to the front, then to the back again. See more »


Coach Ken Carter: You shooting the ball, what's your name?
Jason Lyle: Jason Lyle, but I ain't no sir.
Coach Ken Carter: Oh, well, are you a madam?
[team laughs]
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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 »


References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


by DMX (as Earl Simmons), Tony Pizarro, Sheek Louch (as Sean D. Jacobs),
Shandel Green, Shawn Martin, J. Lucien, Drag-On (as Melvin Smalls), Denzil Foster,
, Jay King & Thomas McElroy
Performed by DMX featuring Sheek Louch (as Sheek), Syleena Johnson,
Infa-Red & Cross and Drag-On (as Drag On)
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Sheek performs courtesy of D-Block / Universal Records
Infa-Red & Cross perform courtesy of Ruff Ryders / Def Jam Records
Drag-on performs courtesy of Ruff Ryders / Virgin Records
Syleena Johnson performs courtesy of Jive Records
Contains a sample of "Why You Treat Me So Bad"
by Denzil Foster, Jay King & Thomas McElroy
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Coach Carter Review.
24 January 2005 | by (San Pedro, California) – See all my reviews

Coach Carter is the story of a basketball coach who was persistent and had his priorities straight. The positive message the movie conveyed was that lives can be changed for the better through self discipline, hard work and the building of character. I was thinking to myself that the whole story was pretty believable, but then I looked into it and found it to be a true to life story so I guess it really is believable.

Samuel L. Jackson put in a convincing performance as the strict Coach Carter, as did the rest of the cast members. The movie, itself, was reminiscent of Lean On Me. It was the same basic story with the disciplinary figure helping the distraught kids through life.

I found it disappointing that the parent of the basketball team emphasized a mere game over something vastly more important, education. I rated this movie 7 of 10

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