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Coach Carter (2005)

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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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.

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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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14 January 2005 (USA)  »

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All Day Long  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,168,180 (USA) (16 January 2005)

Gross:

$67,264,877 (USA)
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Trivia

In the movies final scene you can see some of the real life Richmond Oilers players who are being portrayed in the film standing in the crowd, cheering for the team. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Jason Lyle: [to Coach Carter as he walks into the gym] Sir, they can cut the chains off the door, but they can't make us play.
Damien Carter: We've decided we're going to finish what you've started, sir.
Worm: Yeah, so leave us be, coach. We've got shit to do, sir.
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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

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.8 (2014) See more »

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Southside
by Game (as Jayceon Taylor), Anthony Lee Torres & Lil Scrappy (as Darryl Richardson III)
Performed by Game featuring Lil Scrappy
Produced by Anthology
The Game performs courtesy of Aftermath / G Unit / Interscope
Lil Scrappy performs courtesy of BME / Reprise Records
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Not your average basketball movie
15 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

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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