Coach CarterDirector: Thomas Carter, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown
The true-life story of a coach who tries to teach his players that there's more to life than basketball is brought to the screen in this sports drama. Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) was once a star player on the Richmond High School basketball team in Richmond, CA, and years later, after establishing himself in publishing and marketing, he returns to the school and to the team as the new basketball coach. Carter quickly sees that his work is cut out for him -- the team is having an awful season, and their fights off the court are more decisive than their play on the court. While Carter wants to make the Richmond Oilers into a winning team, he also wants a lot more -- to teach the boys to respect themselves and one another, and that they must excel in the classroom as well as in the gymnasium. Under Carter's guidance, the team turns their losing season around, with the state title a genuine possibility. However, when Carter learns that a number of his players have let their grade point averages slip below 2.3, as mandated in a contract he entered into with the students, he decides to lock the team out of the gym and send them into study hall until their marks improve. Carter's plan quickly becomes a subject of controversy among parents and team boosters, and their objections are soon picked up by the local news media, many of whom are not sympathetic to Carter's belief that his players must have goals beyond college ball or the NBA. Coach Carter also features Rob Brown and Rick Gonzalez as members of the team, and R&B diva Ashanti in her film debut as the girlfriend of one of Carter's players.
Jackson has the usual big speeches assigned to all coaches in all sports movies, and delivers on them, big time. His passion makes familiar scenes feel new.
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- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Samuel L. Jackson||Ken Carter|
|Robert Ri'chard||Damien Carter|
|Rob Brown||Kenyon Stone|
|Rick Gonzalez||Timo Cruz|
|Nana Gbewonyo||Junior Battle|
|Channing Tatum||Jason Lyle|
|Denise Dowse||Principal Garrison|
|Thomas Carter||Director,Executive Producer|
|Carlos Barbosa||Production Designer|
|Tim Beach||Art Director|
|Peter E. Berger||Editor|
|Jennifer Hawks||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Mark Anthony Little||Asst. Director|
|Debrae Little||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Marco Miehe||Set Decoration/Design|
|Nan Morales||Executive Producer|
|Trevor Rabin||Score Composer|
|Caitlin Scanlon||Executive Producer|
|Robert L. Sephton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sharla Sumpter||Executive Producer|
|Van Toffler||Executive Producer|
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Coach Carter was a good movie!!! Not that great but I liked it. I would recommend this to anyone.
I just rented this movie and I was very impressed with how well Samuel L. Jackson and the rest of the cast did with their performance. I was even surprised how Ashanti was. She's an ok actress comapred to some of them today. The movie had a good story and good basketball game scenes. Samuel L. Jackson is a very inspiring character in this movie and he does a great job.
This is a really great movie! I think that the actors did a great job with the basketball scenes. I loved it, because it was very inspirational and interesting.