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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

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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It begins on the street. It ends here. 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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USA | Germany

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:

$29,168,180, 16 January 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,264,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,669,806
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Adam Clark and Channing Tatum appeared in Public Enemies (2009). See more »

Goofs

In one of the games, Richmond's score on the scoreboard is shown at 29. Next play, the score reads 27. See more »

Quotes

Timo Cruz: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As ...
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Comebacks (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

All Night Long
by Jermaine Denny & Kwamé (as Kwame Holland)
Performed by Red Café
Red Café performs courtesy of Hoo Bangin / Capitol Records
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Samuel L. Jackson Makes The Intense Coach Carter Come To Life.
24 January 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

There are many movies similar in plot and theme to Coach Carter but this movie stands well on it's own. Most of the credit for that has to go to the star, Samuel L. Jackson. They could not have found a better man to play this role. I do not know much about the coach this movie is based on, but I can not imagine anything better or stronger than what Jackson has given us here.

The story is pretty much like any other. A former basketball star from the early 70's is asked to coach this year's team due to the fact that the old coach is not able to keep the kids focused on their grades, coming to class, etc. Where this movie differs, and what makes this better than most movies of this type, is the depth it goes into in most of the players on the team. The bigger stars have their own back stories and reasons for why they are the way they are.

Obviously, judging the acting, Samuel L. Jackson is head and shoulders above the rest but others who stand out here are Rick Gonzalez, Antwon Tanner and Robert Ri'chard. Each of these guys played their characters to a tee. Overall, if you want to see an inspiring movie and feel like it accomplished it's purpose at the end, I can recommend Coach Carter to you. 8/10


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