In the tradition of LEAN ON ME and DANGEROUS MINDS comes COACH CARTER, an inspirational drama starring Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson portrays real-life figure Ken Carter, who graduated from California's Richmond High only to return there years later, in 1999, and take over as head coach of the boys' basketball team. Unfortunately, the troubled school he remembered as a teenager is an even more insufferable place in his adulthood. Determined to make a change in his players' lives, Carter makes each young man sign a contract that ensures he will maintain a 2.3 GPA, attend every class, and wear a jacket and tie on game day. Of course, the players reject the contract at first, but when they realize that they don't have any other choice, they give in. And when it appears that their tough-as-nails coach is actually turning them into winners on the court, they embrace their coach's philosophy even further. But when Coach Carter receives the incomprehensibly awful progress reports of his players, he does the unthinkable: he benches the entire team. Directed by Thomas Carter (SAVE THE LAST DANCE), COACH CARTER is a sensitive drama that features an impassioned performance by Jackson, as well as the impressive young cast (most notably Rob Brown, Rick Gonzalez, and Robert Ri'Chard).
Thomas Carter - TV Director/"Miami Vice"
David Gale - Producer, VARSITY BLUES (1999)
Samuel L. Jackson - American actor, PULP FICTION
Ramsey Gbelawoe - Screenwriter, THE COOKOUT (2004)
Mark Schwahn - Screenwriter
Brian Robbins - Actor-Turned-Director
Mike Tollin - Documentary Filmmaker
Ashanti - R & B Singer
Van Toffler - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Caitlin Scanlon - Producer
John Gatins - American Actor/"Leprecha"
Rob Brown - Actor/ FINDING FORRESTER (2000)
THEATRICAL RELEASE: JANUARY 14, 2005 (LIMITED)
"Jackson rules the movie with his joyful inflections..." - 01/21/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.65-6
"Mr. Jackson acts with his usual steely authority....Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Brown are especially strong..." - 01/14/2005 New York Times, p.E13
"[A] thoughtful sports movie....COACH CARTER is daringly truthful." - 03/01/2005 Uncut, p.129
"The basketball scenes are filmed with infectious energy....COACH CARTER emerges as an entertaining and unexpectedly thought-provoking American sports movie." - 03/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.46-7
"[With] a combination of kinetic scenes on the court and meaningful, well-acted ones off it." - 07/01/2005 Premiere, p.131
"[Jackson's] cool factor never falters." - 07/01/2005 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.104