Coach Carter

Coach Carter

Thomas Carter (2005)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Samuel L Jackson's barnstorming performance is the main reason to watch this solidly entertaining "true story". He plays a high-school basketball coach who took the unheard-of step of benching his players and jeopardising their shot at the state title, when he discovered they were failing academically. This, needless to say, didn't sit at all well with the local community who valued sporting achievement above intellectual feats, or the students who would rather be on the court than in the classroom. The screenplay by Mark Schwahn and John Gatins is as much influenced by films about inspirational teachers turning students' lives around (such as Stand and Deliver and Dead Poets Society) as by sports movies, but all the usual ingredients are present, including the rousing locker-room speeches, coach/player face-offs and exhilarating basketball action. Clichéd it may be, but the movie is involving and well acted enough for us to forgive the fact that we've seen all this many times before.


A former professional basketball player agrees to coach a high-school team, but he is unimpressed by its lack of discipline and instigates a tough new regimen. All goes well until the youngsters start to become complacent, forcing him to take drastic action - which leads to a backlash of complaints from angry parents and pupils alike. Drama, with Samuel L Jackson, Ashanti, Rob Brown and Robert Ri'chard.

Cast & Crew

Coach Ken Carter Samuel L Jackson
Damien Carter Robert Ri'chard
Kenyon Stone Rob Brown
Kyra Ashanti
Tonya Carter Debbi Morgan
Timo Cruz Rick Gonzalez
Worm Antwon Tanner
Junior Battle Nana Gbewonyo
Jason Lyle Channing Tatum
Maddux Texas Battle
Principal Garrison Denise Dowse
Director Thomas Carter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 25 Feb 2005