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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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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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14 January 2005 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,174,586 (Australia) (3 June 2005)
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The speech given by Timo Cruz in response to the question "What is your deepest fear?" is an excerpt from "A Return to Love" (1992) by Marianne Williamson. (Commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Address.) See more »

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When coach Carter drives to school to accept the coaching job, he drives past the same auto repair shop (with the phone number 562-432-7676) twice, from opposite directions. See more »

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Coach Ken Carter: [Opens his door, and sees Timo covered in blood] Cruz?
Timo Cruz: [hysterical] I wanna come back, Coach.
Coach Ken Carter: What's going on?
Timo Cruz: I wanna come back on the team.
Coach Ken Carter: What the hell happened?
Timo Cruz: They shot him... Renny. They shot Renny. I mean, we was just there. We was just there... everything was good.
Coach Ken Carter: Come inside. Come on.
Timo Cruz: Everything was good, Coach. I mean, you know...
Coach Ken Carter: Come inside, son. Come on.
Timo Cruz: You don't understand. I wanna come back on the team. What do I gotta do to play?
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All My Peoples
by Ali Dee & Zach Danziger
Performed by Invisible Men
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A good story of a coach who believes his players can excel in life
12 January 2005 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

'Coach Carter' is based on a true story of Coach Ken Carter, a controversial high school basketball coach played by Samuel L. Jackson. Coach Carter took the coaching job under his rules. He believed that the players must maintain good grades and become a united team or they would not play. All the team players signed his contract to do just that. The team was undefeated and on it's way to the 1999 State Championship, when Coach Carter received the low grades of his players. Coach Carter received national attention when he locked the gym and benched the whole team for poor grades. Coach Carter received some praise and much more criticism for his decision. This is a good inspirational movie of what one must do to excel in sports and in life. Coach Carter taught his players that they must be committed and work hard to excel. This is good movie for people who like sports. (Paramount, Run time 2:16, Rated PG-13)(8/10)


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