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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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2,873 ( 136)
3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Trivia

Several of the cast and crew referred to this movie as "To Coach, With Love". This was said with some humor and affection toward this film. See more »

Goofs

When Coach Carter initiates the lockout, he hangs a sign on the door of the gym that reads "Practice Cancelled Report To The Library." The word 'Cancelled' in American English is spelled 'Canceled.' The British spell it 'Cancelled.' Coach Carter is an American made film, based on an American team. It is ironic that Coach Carter misspelled a word on his sign, when he was suspending his players from playing basketball because of academic failure. See more »

Quotes

Jason Lyle: You said we're a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.
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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

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Sports Movie Speeches (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Untouchable
by DMX (as Earl Simmons), Tony Pizarro, Sheek Louch (as Sean D. Jacobs), Shandel Green, Shawn Martin, J. Lucien, Drag-On (as Melvin Smalls), Denzil Foster, Jay King & Thomas McElroy
Performed by DMX featuring Sheek Louch (as Sheek), Syleena Johnson, Infa-Red & Cross and Drag-On (as Drag On)
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Sheek performs courtesy of D-Block / Universal Records
Infa-Red & Cross perform courtesy of Ruff Ryders / Def Jam Records
Drag-on performs courtesy of Ruff Ryders / Virgin Records
Syleena Johnson performs courtesy of Jive Records
Contains a sample of "Why You Treat Me So Bad"
by Denzil Foster, Jay King & Thomas McElroy
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i love this movie...
30 January 2005 | by missprincesstoniSee all my reviews

I can honestly relate to this movie. I am a female athlete and all through my high school years i've seen athletes get passed because they play sports. It's mostly the guys though. We have a coach that made every boy failing a subject get a tutor. This movie reminded me a lot of him. Not many coaches put their jobs on the line for the benefit of the kids. I agree with what he did 100% and i know lots of others do too. The movie shows perfect detail of how students act in schools and out of school. I went and saw it two nights in a row and each time, i saw different things about the movie. It's a great movie and I think all coaches and teachers should see it. It shows that most athletes are passed because they are athletes, not because they have the grades.


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Country:

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:

$24,182,961, 16 January 2005

Gross USA:

$67,264,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,669,554
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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