Coach Carter

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Thomas Carter
Production: Paramount Pictures
  3 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min

For five months of work?

Oh, well, you can't say no to that.

And the team, it's so bad.

Those boys,

they're so angry and undisciplined.

And besides, you know,

you don't have the time.

You're trying to open up

a second store.

Exactly, l don't have the--

Hell, l don't have any time.

And you promised to take

your girlfriend to Mexico.

And l'm definitely

keeping that promise.

There's no way

l'm not going to Mexico

and hanging out on the beach

with you in your bikini.

l can't take that job.

So when do you start?

- You should've spoken to me first.

- Why?

- lt was a personal choice for me.

- So, what happens to me?

You still gonna come to my games?

l'll probably miss most of

your games, Damien. l'm sorry.

Then l'll go to Richmond

and play for you.


Well, why not?

- Dad, you've always been my coach.

- This is a great school, Damien.

lt puts you in a great position

for college.

Dad, l'm a freshman!

Just because l'm coaching

at Richmond,

it doesn't change our plans

for your future, all right?

Yo, my man, l need a vial, man.

You got that good dope? How much?

You forgot to bring your lD,

didn't you?

- l forgot it.

- Every day.

Good morning. Ken Carter.

- Thanks.

- Here you go, sir.

Hey, yo, what's up?

- Nice to see you again, Mr. Carter.

- You too, ma'am.

lf the offer still stands,

l'd like to coach the team.

Well, l hope you're up for the task.

These young men need discipline.

The job comes with a $1 ,500 stipend

and a major time commitment

for the next four months.

- l accept.

- Great.

We're thrilled to have you.

Gentlemen, l hate to be abrupt,

but l do have a budget meeting

l need to run to.

Mr. Carter, is there anything

you need from us?

Well, l just need about

- l'm all set.

- Ray, would you see to it

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Mark Schwahn

Mark Schwahn (born July 5, 1966) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known as creator, head writer and executive producer of the WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill. more…

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