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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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language, teen partying and some drug material | See all certifications »

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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:

$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

Antwon Tanner and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in One Eight Seven (1997). See more »

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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 »

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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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It's about time there's a movie about morals.
29 June 2005 | by crity2reSee all my reviews

Honestly, I don't care about dates. I don't care about names, or stats, or if the writers got a bunch of stats confused. I mean did you actually watch the movie, or were you just looking at the screen for misprints on jerseys? To believe that some people can actually watch a movie and then complain that the time line is off with reality is beyond my comprehension. Who cares about the time line! It's not reality that you're watching, it's a movie. Movies, no matter how real the stories they are based on, are not real. They are altered. They are changed to make a better storyline.

If people can be dense enough to complain about names and numbers and dates, then they missed the big picture. They missed a great movie that actually conveys a real message. It's not about the sports, it's about the students. And it's not always about what you put in, it's about what you take out. It's about what you take away from the situation that you've walked into.

That's what this movie is about, not about basketball. It's about life, and how easily people give in and give up. It's about learning, and having faith that people will do the right thing. Yes, it's about public education, and a community on the edge of stupid, but there's more to it than that. You just have to stop looking, and watch.

This movie truly was excellent, right up there on the shelf next to "With Honors." But make sure you are really paying attention, otherwise, what's the point?


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