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Carter High (2015)

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During the 1980s Carter High School in Dallas, Texas was a football powerhouse. This is the story of four of the student athletes whose off the field activities cost them their future.


Arthur Muhammad


Arthur Muhammad





Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles S. Dutton ... Coach James
Vivica A. Fox ... Mrs. James
Pooch Hall ... Coach Vonner
David Banner ... Royce West
Reginald C. Hayes ... Mr. Russeau
Don Bowie Don Bowie ... Attorney No. 1
Sophia Knolton Sophia Knolton ... Attorney No. 2
Jason Small Jason Small ... Attorney No. 3
Larkin Lindner Larkin Lindner ... Baliff
Fanisha Hill Fanisha Hill ... Beautiful Cafeteria Girl
Mathew Addison Mathew Addison ... Black Male No. 1 (as Matthew Addison)
Justin J. Collins Justin J. Collins ... Black Male No. 2 (as Justin Collins)
Jeremy Brown Jeremy Brown ... Leshai
Orlando Valentino ... Carlos
Aaliyah Muhammad Aaliyah Muhammad ... Tammy


During the 1980s Carter High School in Dallas, Texas was a football powerhouse. This is the story of four of the student athletes whose off the field activities cost them their future.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for thematic elements, some strong language and suggestive material


Official Sites:

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Release Date:

30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,140, 30 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$340,214, 19 December 2016
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Shot in and around Dallas during summer of 2014 See more »


While the film recognizes a "tie" with rival Duncanville, the tie-breaking rules at the time were determined by first downs. Both teams had the same number of first downs so the second tie-breaker was the number of times the teams penetrated the other team's 20-yard-line. Duncanville had more "penetrations" and were recognized as the winner of the game. See more »


References Lamar Strait: 88 Carter Raid (2015) See more »

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Real Life Football Tragedy About the Consequences of Bad Decisions
1 November 2015 | by kimhaml10See all my reviews

Carter High is the true story of the powerhouse 1988 David W. Carter High School Football Team from Dallas, Texas. Growing up in Dallas a few years before this took place, this tragic story has always fascinated me. I have read countless articles from the Dallas Morning News, the segment within the Friday Night Lights book, as well as the book Carter Boyz by Gary Edwards, the player at the center of the grade controversy. I've always hoped ESPN would so a 30 for 30 segment on this tragic story, so I was thrilled when I heard it had been made into a feature film.

The film covers the grade controversy that began during the 1988 football season that eventually stripped them of their 5A State Championship title, as well as the armed robberies committed by several players just weeks after winning the State Title.

From the extensive articles I've ready on the subject, the movie did seemed pretty accurate. I was afraid it portray the team as nothing but ruthless thugs, but it showed them as just typical high school students. I was also afraid the film would try to make excuses or try to justify their actions in the armed robberies, but it did not.

It is a very powerful film that is a must-see for children and teens. It stresses the importance of making good decisions, distinguishing right from wrong and the ultimate consequences faced from bad decisions.

My only criticism of the movie was they didn't address the kids by name enough for the viewer to keep them all straight. With all I've read on the subject, even I couldn't keep up with who was who. However, I definitely recommend the movie.

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