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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

In the final scene, some real-life Richmond Oilers players are standing in the crowd, cheering for the team. See more »

Goofs

In the game against Bay Hill, the clock shows 1:20 remaining and then shows 1:22 remaining in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Coach Ken Carter: l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.
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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 The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Drummer Kick It
by Citizen Cope (as Clarence Greenwood)
Performed by Citizen Cope
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"I Came To Teach Boys... And You Became Men."
12 October 2010 | by Megatron1234See all my reviews

This movie was fantastic! I first saw it during the last day of Summer School (yes, I went to Summer School. Shut up) and I have to admit that I did NOT want to watch it at first because it was a sports movie. But upon viewing this movie, I found that I liked it and enjoyed it. I then swiped the movie from my father's house and watched it every night for 3 nights straight. Here are the things that caught my attention.

1) Samuel L. Jackson. One of the greatest actors ever was in this movie so I was instantly drawn in and thought that I'd give it a chance.

2) The Music. Loved the music even though the majority is rap. It fit the movie perfectly.

3) The storyline. I really loved the story and the plot devices. The drama sequences were REALLY good.

4) The truth. This movie was pretty much dead-on to Ken Carter's real life experience. I watched the bonus feature "Coach Carter: The Man Behind The Movie" and it compared the movie to real life. It was like a perfect match.

My favorite lines were at the end spoken by Samuel L. Jackson after the final game. I always watch that every night. It's become kind of like a tradition for me. I showed this to my mom and she instantly fell in love with it, too.

So, all in all, really good movie. If I could rate this higher than 10 stars, I would've.


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