7.3/10
129,846
251 user 121 critic

Coach Carter (2005)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director:

Thomas Carter
Reviews
Popularity
2,072 ( 154)
3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The actors practiced in the gym for more than five hours a day. 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

Worm: [to Junior Battle] That's my n***a right there. If you was any bigga, you'd be my "bigga n***a".
Coach Ken Carter: Sit down. SIT DOWN!
Coach Ken Carter: N****r is a degrogatory term used to insult our ancestors. See, if a white man used it, you'd be ready to fight. Your using it teaches him to use it. You're saying it's cool. Well, it's not cool, and when you're around me, I don't want to hear that shit! Are we clear?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The MTV Films logo transforms into a sketch in a notebook before it fades to black, much like the Paramount logo that precedes it. 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
See more »

User Reviews

 
Great Plot,Cast,Director.Exceptional Drama.With Non-Hollywood Ending...
26 September 2005 | by killbill_tarantino2003See all my reviews

Sport obviously not the special themes for movies."Jerry Maguire","The Replacements","Any Given Sunday",etc.Hollywood already made it in like 1000 years ago.And mostly had great success in Box-Office and also great story.This year,Coach Carter prove it again.This movie was a representative for great Sport-movie in 2005!Coach Carter showed up and challenge this summer with Lots of wonderful and amazing things.Samuel.L.Jackson undoubtful again was the most stunning,excellent and superb actor of all time.He just could make it!Supporting by lots of great and amazing newcomers like Antwon Tanner or Channing Tatum.Maybe there was also the biggest mistake Ashanti joined this movie.However and Whatever it is,This Movie(plus the Promising Director:Thomas Carter!)was The Best!Loved it!Liked it!Two-Thumbs Up and crowds of applause for Coach Carter!


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 251 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Day Long See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed