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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)

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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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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All Day Long  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Channing Tatum had never played basketball before making the movie so he had to have individual training with the coaches to get up to speed with the other actors. See more »


At the high school dance when Kenyon is walking out with girlfriend a student is shown wearing a Ron Artest Indiana Pacers jersey. The movie takes place during the 1999 high school basketball season. Ron Artest was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in summer of 1999 and did not play for the Pacers until 2002. See more »


Coach Ken Carter: [to the people in attendance at the board hearing] You really need to consider the message you're sending this boys by ending the lockout. It's the same message that we as a culture send to our professional athletes; and that is that they are above the law. If these boys cannot honor the simple rules of a basketball contract, how long do you think it will be before they're out there breaking the law? I played ball here at Richmond High 30 years ago. It was the same thing then; some of my ...
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Coach Carter was a good portrayal of a true story
16 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie and was actually inspired by the end of the film. The film was a little corny and syrupy from time to time but it was an overall good, positive film. I have read and heard so many comments about the morals and unacceptable behavior portrayed by some of the characters and in turn viewers bad-mouth the film simply because they do not agree with some of the behavior of the some of the characters in the film. But these people obviously missed the point of the film. Coach Carter was trying to instill values that he thought would help an entire community. The reality is that kids do have foul mouths, have unprotected sex, are faced with hard decisions (to have or not have a baby and selling drugs) everyday.

We should all be so fortunate to have the opportunity to see a movie that features a person that actually tries to deal with these issues without making judgment calls and instead offer resolutions to problems. He offered resolutions to his team's behavior and left it to them to make the right decisions. This was good because they were able to see the consequences of their actions. When they made the right decision, they were able to see the positive consequences. When they made the wrong decision the players were faced with negative consequences and had no one to blame but themselves.

The impact of a person of this magnitude is profound and if some viewers found fault with this movie simply because their reality is a little different at this moment then it was for the characters in this film is very unfortunate for the viewer. Because you never know when you might be faced with a person similar to that in the movie. You just might have to deal with this situation more personally than expected and if this happens what will you do? Because the consequences of your actions in a situation like this will be either positive or negative as well.

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