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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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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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The highest opening weekend of any release from an MTV Film: $24,182,961 (week of January 14-16, 2005). 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 »

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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 »


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Good Movie
30 January 2005 | by (Taylorsville, UT) – See all my reviews

"Coach Carter" is a well-made movie, and from what I have heard it stays true to the actual story. If you're sick of inspirational-type movies, then don't go see it, but otherwise I highly recommend it. All of the performances are at least tolerable, and most are really good. Samuel L. Jackson is great. Most sports movies have terrible action scenes, but the basketball footage in the movie is actually quite believable (for example, no short white kids dunking and things like that). The movie is very realistic, and the director has gone to great lengths to make it seem as true-to-life as possible. I think it works very well.

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