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Coach Carter (2005)

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Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.

Director: Thomas Carter
Writers: Mark Schwahn, John Gatins.

Release Date: 2005-01-14
Status: Released
Run time: 136 min / 2:16
Budget: $30,000,000
Revenue: $76,669,806
Production Companies : Paramount, MTV Films, Tollin/Robbins Productions
Production Countries: Germany, United States of America
Release Date: 2005-01-14
Status: Released
Run time: 136 min / 2:16
Budget: $30,000,000
Revenue: $76,669,806

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Samuel L. Jackson
as Ken Carter
Rob Brown
as Kenyon Stone
Robert Ri'chard
as Damien Carter
Rick Gonzalez
as Timo Cruz
Channing Tatum
as Jason Lyle
as Kyra
Texas Battle
as Maddux
Lacey Beeman
as Susan
Octavia Spencer
as Mrs. Battle
Allison Kyler
as Dancer
Cindy Chiu
as Bay Hill Cheerleader


Directing Thomas Carter Director
Writing Mark Schwahn Screenplay
Writing John Gatins Screenplay
Production Brian Robbins Producer
Production Mike Tollin Producer
Production Thomas Carter Executive Producer
Production Caitlin Scanlon Executive Producer
Production Sharla Sumpter Executive Producer
Production Van Toffler Executive Producer
Sound Trevor Rabin Original Music Composer
Production Sarah Finn Casting
Production Randi Hiller Casting
Art Carlos Barbosa Production Design
Art Tim Beach Art Direction
Art Nancy Nye Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Debrae Little Costume Design
Production David Gale Producer
Costume & Make-Up Camille Friend Hairstylist

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  • Coach Carter is a good sports movie, even though we've seen these type of stories played out in the same way countless times before and after this film. It still excels as we see all the predictable moments, all the "I'm not playing for this guy," all the "Coach I want back on the team," and all the adversity the players have to go through.

  • A clue to Jackson's thinking may be found in his new film, "Coach Carter," based on the true story of a California high school basketball coach who placed grades ahead of sports. Like Bill Cosby, Jackson is arguing against the anti-intellectual message that success for young black males is better sought in the worlds of rap and sports than in the classroom.

  • 'Coach Carter' is based on a true story of Coach Ken Carter, a controversial high school basketball coach played by Samuel L. Jackson. Coach Carter took the coaching job under his rules. He believed that the players must maintain good grades and become a united team or they would not play.

  • Coach Carter movie reviews & Metacritic score: Inspired by a true-life story, Coach Carter is an inspirational account of a controversial high school basketb...

  • Coach Carter was brought in to turn a basketball team to win. Little did the team know that Coach Carter was going to stick with his standards, and when the basketball team realizes that they actually have to attend class, it is a "wake up call" to both the students and the parents.

  • Engaging film with a terrific message. Read Common Sense Media's Coach Carter review, age rating, and parents guide.

  • Ken Carter (Jackson) is an unorthodox high-school basketball coach, but while his methods raise eyebrows, the results can't be argued with. However, when Carter benches his entire team after ...

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  • With subplots about pregnant girlfriends, drug-dealing cousins, and other sob stories that are mentioned but not developed, Coach Carter's exceptional message is delivered with little imagination.

  • Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on the true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson), who made headlines in 1999 for suspending his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results.