Coach Carter

January 14th, 2005

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Coach Carter

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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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.0/10 (36,725 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Thomas Carter

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard

In 1999, Ken Carter, a successful sporting goods store owner, accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA, where he was a champion athlete. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He immediately imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that include stipulations for respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades as requisites to being allowed to participate. The initial resistance from the boys is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor in the games. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray and Carter learns that too many players are doing poorly in class, he 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...

Writers: Mark Schwahn, John Gatins

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 - Coach White
Vincent Laresca - Renny
Sidney Faison - Ty Crane
Octavia Spencer - Mrs. Battle

Taglines: It begins on the street. It ends here.


Official Website: Paramount [United States] | UIP [Spain] |

Release Date: 14 January 2005

Filming Locations: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $29,168,180 (USA) (16 January 2005) (2524 Screens)

Gross: $67,253,092 (USA) (1 May 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The speech given by Timo Cruz in response to the question "What is your deepest fear?" is an excerpt from "A Return to Love" (1992) by Marianne Williamson. (Commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Address.)

Continuity: During the scene just after the first training session with Carter, the boys go to a café and Worm is talking about the '2 for 1 offer' with Kyra's friends. Kyra starts off holding a drink in her right hand, but between shots it switches to her holding a paper bag, then back to the drink, before Kyra and Kenyon walk off together.

Coach Ken Carter: l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.

User Review

Not your average basketball movie


While basketball is used as the backdrop for the movie, Coach Carter really isn't about basketball. The real heart of the movie is in the way Coach Carter begins to turn the lives around of the players on his basketball team by showing them that someone actually cares about what happens to them after high school.

At one point in the movie Carter (played perfectly by Samuel L. Jackson) asks a player why he plays basketball and he responds with "to win the state title" - which of course gets him high fives from the rest of the team. Carter then asks the team who won the state title last year and nobody knows the answer. Carter tries to show his players that high school basketball is not about winning but about discipline, respect and the confidence to accomplish any goal.

If you are thinking about going to see Coach Carter as a basketball movie, I suggest seeing another movie, but if you want to see a truly inspiring story go see Coach Carter.

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