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

Yeah! Nice job! Nice pass!

St. Francis High School

basketball phenom

Ty Crane,

who they recruited just last year,

is widely held as

the next LeBron James.

We simply know him

as ''The Crane.''

Come on.

Come on, y'all!

Timo, let's go man, come on.

Yeah, whatever.

Where you at? Where you at?

Pick him up! Pick him up!

- Hey, son.

- Hey.

Right here, right here.

- Blue ball!

- Good D, baby!

- Damn!

- What the hell are you doing, y'all?

- You took three steps this way.

- Yo, l put my fist up, man.

Yo, homey, look where you're throwing

the ball, man. Damn.

- Get your man!

- l knew it. l knew it.


St. Francis is up by 22.

Stay out of my way, b*tch.

l own you.

- Oh, hell no!

- B*tch!

Let's go! Let's go!

Oh, no. Come on, guys, stop that!

- Let me go!

- Hey! Hey!

l'm good. Get off me!

Get off me, get off me!

That's it! Game's over!

Game's over!

Crane. Great game, great game.

Tell everyone out there what it

feels like to be the next LeBron James.

LeBron James?

l'm the only Ty Crane.

All right, you heard it here first,

''the only Ty Crane.''

Why do all the benchwarmers

always got something to say?

We watching the damn game,

that's why.

- You got a good view, huh?

- Yeah.

Ty Crane outscored

our whole team by himself.

- Wonder how that happened.

- We had nothing but 32 points.

l got 1 2 of them.

What did you get, Kenyon?

Just shut up, dog.

The Crane swooped down on you

and delivered a basket of beat-down.

He clowned you, dog.

- Yeah, you better shut the hell up.

- He had you on lock the whole game.

Lyle, why don't you shut your mouth

before l close it for good.

You didn't do sh*t either

the whole game.

What, homey?

l will slap the taste out your mouth!

- Can we all just get along?

- Shut your little ass up!

- You didn't even play!

- That's what l'm talking about.

- Shay, pass the ball, dog!

- You got two points in 1 6 minutes,

- that's why coach got rid of your ass.

- Exactly!

Timo, you was in the whole time,

you never even touched the rock.

You didn't do sh*t.

You might as well--

- Who was you passing the ball to?

- You were playing and didn't do sh*t!

Kenny Ray Carter, Richmond

High School all-American, 1 9 72.

Good to see you, sir.

l was really happy to see you

in the stands tonight.

l have to tell you, sir,

l haven't made up my mind yet.

As l've told you,

it's time for me to step down.

Last few years

have been really tough.

Well, losing's hard, sir.

This isn't about

losing games, Kenny.

l can't get them to show up

for school, for practice.

l can't get parents involved, and l'm

done chasing kids in the streets

and pulling them into the gym.

Yeah, it's a tough job.

Richmond is a tough little city.

When l saw you here tonight,

l thought, ''l got him. He's in.''

Well, actually,

l was here for another reason.

My son plays for St. Francis.

He does?

- Which kid was he?

- Well, you didn't see him.

- He's a freshman. He didn't play.

- That's great. Great school.

What, you wanna go?

- Hey!

- Lyle, bring it!

Let him go. You think everybody's

scared of you? l ain't scared of you!

Cruz, chill, man. Why you gotta be

trying to act all hard all the time, man?

God, l'm sick of you, man!

You know, that school was rough

when l went there.

lt's way beyond that now.

Well, then, just forget about it.

Don't even discuss it again.

l can't quite do that. Coach officially

offered me the job tonight.

The clock's ticking.

And when you say ''offering job,''

there's usually money involved.

Yeah, there might be

a thousand bucks in it for me.

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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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