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Coach Carter

Coach Carter

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Director: Thomas Carter

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown


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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 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.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the hardest-working actors in movies, and it seems that nary a month goes by that he doesn't turn up in either a starring or supporting role. Like most professionals, he occasionally takes a job just for the paycheck, and he's been in his share of schlocky films. The inspirational-by-Hollywood-design drama Coach Carter might easily have fallen into that category, but it escapes the designation thanks to Jackson's earnest, passionate portrayal of a real-life California basketball coach who put his players' grade-point averages above their game stats. Ken Carter, himself a former sports star, has already distinguished himself in the military and as a successful small-business owner when he volunteers to become a high-school basketball coach. His players are loud, arrogant, and disrespectful; they disdain education and believe their futures lie in NBA stardom. Carter commands their attention and forces them to sign a "contract" promising to maintain a decent GPA or be benched. The body of the movie deals with his efforts to make these unruly charges into disciplined players and, more important, good students. Director Thomas Carter (Save the Last Dance) is saddled with a script that, while based on facts, teems with clichéd characters and situations: the rocky beginning of the season, the troubled star player (played by Rob Brown), the crisis of confidence, and, of course, the climactic Big Game. Thus hampered, he relies mightily upon his cast to give the film credibility -- and he's not let down. Jackson makes Carter an indomitable, fiercely intense figure, and the passion he brings to familiar scenes makes them seem less hackneyed. Also impressive in her role as the star player's pregnant girlfriend -- who sees the coach's insistence on college over possible NBA tryouts as a threat to her future -- is pop singer Ashanti. The case is persuasively made that young black men have other options than rap music and sports stardom, and this important truth buttresses what would otherwise be a very formulaic movie.
All Movie Guide - Rob Theakston
Like Hoosiers about 20 years before it, Coach Carter is a well-done feel-good film mixing athletics with high school drama -- well, about as feel-good as any film with a fair amount of profanity and gang violence can be. It's another scenario where the underdogs are whipped into shape with tough love by an idealistic coach. Of course, it's about half a century after the time at which Hoosiers took place, and Coach Carter is in many respects a different ball game. The arena isn't whitebread rural Indiana, but the tough, ethnically mixed, disadvantaged urban neighborhoods of the San Francisco Bay Area community of Richmond. Much of the message, however, remains the same. Ken Carter (played with admirable fortitude by Samuel L. Jackson) is just as concerned with molding his boys into men with a firm disciplinary hand as he is with teaching them basketball, banking on making them winners on the court as well as in real life. The four-month turnaround in his charges' maturity, academic performance, and (lest we forget) the win-loss record that follows is for the most part predictable. But it's an acceptably entertaining ride nonetheless, and if your kids' attention might flag during the love scenes between one of the players and R&B star Ashanti, the well-constructed, reasonably realistic sequences on the basketball court will rev them right up again. A fair amount of gritty detail -- including teenage pregnancy, dilapidated housing, parents and school officials more concerned with winning basketball games than making sure the players graduate, and gang warfare -- also elevate this above the usual athletic triumph film. And while the goals might be achieved a little more smoothly than they customarily are in real life, the message -- of putting as much effort into responsible character and education as athletics -- is one that most viewers will enthusiastically endorse.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

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.
New York Magazine - Ken Tucker
Jackson's wonderfully nuanced, witty performance, and a few unexpected plot turns, give Coach Carter a subtext that helps complicate such knee-jerk oversimplifications, redeeming the role with energetic humor and a loose-limbed grace.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 featurettes: Coach Carter - The Man Behind the Movie, Fast Break at Richmond High; 6 deleted scenes; "Hope" music video by Twista featuring Faith Evans; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Surround, French 5.1 Surround; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Ken Carter
Robert Ri'chard Damien Carter
Rob Brown Kenyon Stone
Ashanti Kyra
Debbi Morgan Tonya
Rick Gonzalez Timo Cruz
Antwon Tanner Worm
Nana Gbewonyo Junior Battle
Channing Tatum Jason Lyle
Texas Battle Maddox
Denise Dowse Principal Garrison
Adrienne Bailon Actor
Dana Davis Actor

Technical Credits
Thomas Carter Director,Executive Producer
Carlos Barbosa Production Designer
Tim Beach Art Director
Peter E. Berger Editor
Damien Carter Consultant/advisor
Ken Carter Consultant/advisor
David Gale Producer
John Gatins Screenwriter
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Jennifer Hawks Musical Direction/Supervision
Randi Hiller Casting
Mark Anthony Little Asst. Director
Debrae Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Sharone Meir Cinematographer
Marco Miehe Set Decoration/Design
Nan Morales Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Brian Robbins Producer
Caitlin Scanlon Executive Producer
Mark Schwahn Screenwriter
Save Scott Choreography
Robert L. Sephton Sound/Sound Designer
Sharla Sumpter Executive Producer
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Mike Tollin Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Not Team Players
2. Accepting the Job
3. Contract
4. Late for Practice
5. Student Athlete
6. The Offense Runs
7. Another Sister
8. Suicides and Push-Ups
9. Classroom Performance
10. An Apology
11. The Dance
12. Bayhill Tournament
13. The Party
14. Report to the Library
15. Real Statistics
16. Education
17. Street Violence
18. Lockout Vote
19. Progress
20. Kenyon and Kyra, Nothing Is as Good
21. The Playoffs
22. Fourth Quarter
23. Rich What?!


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Coach Carter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Coach Carter was a good movie!!! Not that great but I liked it. I would recommend this to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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