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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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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$29,168,180 (USA) (14 January 2005)

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$67,253,092 (USA) (29 April 2005)
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Octavia Spencer, who portrays the character of Mrs. Battle and Nana Gbewonyo's mother, is in fact, just ten years older than Gbewonyo. See more »

Goofs

In the championship game, late in the 4th quarter the score is shown St. Francis 68-67 over Richmond. Richmond scores to take the lead presumably. However, when the buzzer beater is made by St. Francis in the closing seconds, the scoreboard shows a final score of 70-68. It should have read 70-69 as a final score. See more »

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Coach Ken Carter: l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.
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During the opening credits there is the sound of dribbling and there are streaks where the cast members are shown. See more »

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Everybody Got Their Something
by Nikka Costa & Justin Stanley
Performed by Nikka Costa
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Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Coach is a cut above.
28 June 2005 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Realistic drama based on the true story of Coach Ken Carter(Samuel L. Jackson), a daring and inspiring coach that returns to Richmond High School in Richmond, California where he still held records from his basketball exploits. Carter accepts a little over $1,000 to work four months as basketball coach for a team of uncooperative, but heady young men. Carter has the players sign a contract to keep their grades up or be suspended from the team. When it is known that his players are not making the grade average and/or just not showing up for class; community outrage erupts when Carter benches his undefeated team and locks them out of the gym. In storybook fashion, the players left on the team bring their grades up and continue their Cinderella season to the state playoffs.

Typical slam dunks, ally-oops and no-look passes. PG-13 violence, language and sexual content. COACH CARTER stands and delivers. Worth watching more than once. Cast members include: Rob Brown, Channing Tatum, Robert Ri'chard, Antwon Tanner, Rick Gonzalez and a sterling performance from singer Ashanti. Jackson should be very proud of his outstanding portrayal as the inspiring coach.


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