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Coach Carter (2005)

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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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Thomas Carter
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Coach Ken Carter
Rob Brown ... Kenyon Stone
Robert Ri'chard ... Damien Carter
Rick Gonzalez ... Timo Cruz
Nana Gbewonyo ... Junior Battle
Antwon Tanner ... Worm
Channing Tatum ... Jason Lyle
Ashanti ... Kyra
Texas Battle ... Maddux
Denise Dowse ... Principal Garrison
Debbi Morgan ... Tonya
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Coach White
Vincent Laresca ... Renny
Sidney Faison ... Ty Crane
Octavia Spencer ... Mrs. Battle
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Storyline

In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter 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, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Never does it die; it starts again, and again. It's in your hands. See more »

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Biography | 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Octavia Spencer, who played Mrs. Battle and Nana Gbewonyo's mother, is just eight years older than Gbewonyo. See more »

Goofs

When Coach White is introducing Coach Carter to the team, he says Carter attended George Mason University. Carter attended George Fox University. See more »

Quotes

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

The Paramount logo flickers and for a brief moment, you see the logo as drawn with a pencil in a notebook. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MenT: Hrajeme basket s mistry republiky (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Know My Name
by Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Harold Spencer Lilly, J.R. Bailey, Mel Kent & Ken Williams
Performed by Alicia Keys
Courtesy of J Records
Contains a sample of "Let Me Prove My Love to You"
by J.R. Bailey, Mel Kent & Ken Williams
Performed by The Main Ingredient
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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Good Movie
30 January 2005 | by GundersonmSee 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Day Long See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,182,961, 16 January 2005

Gross USA:

$67,264,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,669,554
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2.35 : 1
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