Carter High

Synopsis: During the 1980s Carter High School in Dallas, Texas was a football powerhouse. This is the story of four of the student athletes whose off the field activities cost them their future.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Arthur Muhammad
Production: Play Now Enterprise
110 min


All rise.

Judge Kendall presiding.

You may be seated.


all the evidence in this case

indicates to me

that your true motive

was the most common

of all motives for crime,

and that is greed.

And despite all of the media

and public attention

that this trial has received,

today, here in my courtroom,

you are nothing more than

a bunch of common criminals.

And for that reason,

I intend to make it

very clear here today

that even rising star athletes

are not above the law.

When I call your name,

would you please stand?



Rodney O


DJ Joe Cooley

Ba... Ba... Ba-Ba...


Bass, bass

Ba... Ba-Ba...

Ba-Ba... bass

Yeah, yeah

Ba... Ba... bass

The bass that's in your face

sho'nuff shrugs your face

Just like you got sprayed

by a can of Mace

You see your speaker

is movin'

Everybody is groovin'

My song moves along...

What's up, D?

What you getting into tonight?

Man, you a fool.

I can't believe

we tied that game tonight, man.


Sh*t, I feel like we lost.

That'll be two dollars, dawg.

Man, nah, dawg,

that was a tie, man.

Break yo' self, fool.

Man, your ass

play around too much.

Always trying

to act like a gangster.

Thanks, dawg.

Man, what... what you doing?

Come on, dude.

Thanks, dawg.

- Make the ladies say

- Oh

- King of my

- Castle

- Causing much

- Pain

You dumb shrimp wimps,

it's you I tame

So to the R to the O

to the...

Freddie... it was just a tie.

Ah. Good game this weekend.

- It was a tie.

- See, that was good, though.

That should keep...

people's focus.

How do we get a tie, anyway?

Well, the, uh, score

we had and the score

the other team had was the same.

Now, I know...

your blind ass

ain't trying to be funny.

All right, y'all settle down,

everybody take a seat.

When the bell rings I will

pass out your

weekly grade reports.

- Derric, stop. No.

Damn, Derric, let's go.

Get off of me.

- Stop. Let's go.

- Stop.

I know you see those people

coming. Let's go.


Mo... Get back.

Let's go.


I'm-a chill here till lunch.

That's in ten minutes.

I'm-a holla at you later.

Piece of my love...

This is the last time.

For real.

Girl, it's true...

Hey, do you know what they're

having for lunch, though?

Baby, you can't have

all of me

'Cause I'm not

totally free...

Jay, you decide on a school yet?

- Not yet.

- Nope.

Come on, fellas,

I need something

for the school paper.

You should be able to see

where they're going with them

thick lenses you got on.

With your blind ass.

What's up?

Oh, it's nothing.

I'll catch up with you later.

All right, cool.

Mr. Bates,

I think you gave me

the wrong grade.

All right.

Well, let's see.


Here we go.

Yeah, see, here it is.

Uh, the third week

you failed to complete

a homework assignment,

so I've given you an NC.

- A what?

- NC. It simply

stands for, uh, "not complete".

So, I didn't get a grade

for the homework?

Athletes don't get

special treatment in my class.


I did the homework.

But you didn't complete it.

I just wanted you to know

that whenever Derric is late

it is for

a legitimate reason, okay?

- Whenever Derric's late?

- Yes, whenever Derric is late.

- Well, Ms... -I don't...

Hey, Gary. How you doing?

- How you doing, Ms. Evans?

- Oh, I'm doing just fine.

Hey, let Derric know that

I handled that for him, okay?

- Okay. -Let him know

that the money is under

- the bread box, all right?

- Yes, ma'am.

- Gotcha.

- All right. Well, I'll see you.

- All righty.

- Okay. Bye, now.

Okay, so are we good?

I mean, do you need

a note from me or something?

Coach, they didn't have tuna

so I got you turkey.

With peanuts on the side.

I ain't eat peanuts

since my days at PV.

Yeah, bad luck, right?

Oh, no, no, I heard.

Hey, remember...

when I hired you and you claimed

to be an offensive coordinator?

Yeah, you said, "I sure hope you

know how to stop a good offense,

because you're now

my defensive coordinator."

Look, Coach, I know

we can't expect to give up

24 points and win the game.

- And defense... -And defense

wins championships. I know.

Coach James, please report

to the principal's office


But do you know why?

Oh, good afternoon, Coach James.

How you doing?

Just fine.

Never expected to see

that tie this past weekend.

Um, you know, a Dallas team

hasn't won state

in football since...

Have a good one, Coach.


Okay, who started it?

I said

who started it?

It was a accident, Coach.

So, how are you gonna


start a food fight?


I thought you was

talking about

the fire alarm earlier.


All right.

Come on, I don't have all day.

What's up, Coach?

See you watching game film.

Look... I just

wanted to apologize

for the whole

food fight incident

and apologize

for me and the other teammates.


do you know why we, um,

study game film?

To find our mistakes.

See what we do well

and where we need



to find the tendencies

of our opponent,

good or bad.


don't have the, uh,

luxury to rewind your life.

So make good choices

the first time.

Any word back

on that summer incident?

Not yet.

But you did do the homework?

Yes, sir.

And you didn't get

a grade for it?

As for now, I got a zero.

Mr. Russeau,

I think it would be best

if we have Gary taken out

of Mr. Bates' class

before it's too late.

Well, now, we got a policy

about letting students

transfer out of classes.

Especially this late

in the six weeks.

I definitely understand,

but I'm asking you, please,

to make an exception

under the circumstances.


W-Wait a minute,

where your money at, homeboy?

I got something

better than that.

What the hell is that?

- Get out of jail free card.

- Hey, let me get one...

- Shoot the damn...

- Keep your voice down.

Shoot the dice.

All day.

Come on, dawg.

Are you gonna shoot the dice

or blow the damn dice?

- Sh*t. -Same... same stuff,

every time. -

Pass this, come on.

Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Now, come on.

Man, swing it my way.

You got love for me, PK.

- Cool, cool.

- You can have it.

Now, don't get scared now.

What you shootin' for?

I got five on it right here.

Nine, my point.


Nine. I see that.

I like nine.

Get up, Derric.

My bad, Coach.

Your bad?

Your bad?

Yes, sir.

Haven't I told y'all?

You do not shoot craps

in my locker room.

For all y'all

who was shooting craps,

y'all grab the dice

and roll for your points.

Say, Coach,

I-I was just watching.

Oh, you was just watching?


Well, I'm-a cut you a break.

For those who're just watching,

y'all roll one dice.

Uh-uh, uh-uh, Derric.


Get your ass over there,

assume the position.

Jessie, we've been watching you

practice. So, what makes you

all so good as a team,

besides your speed, of course?

I'd say our discipline, 'cause

soon as those lights come on,

only goal that we focus on

is getting it done.

- Blue 80. Blue 80.

- 20, 20.

What makes us so good? Me.

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