Tension mounted as the Richmond High Oilers faced the upcoming basketball championship. The town was wild with excitement over their undefeated team and the bleachers were filled with cheering fans for every game. No one could imagine that on January 4, 1999 the community would erupt in dissention and so many lives would change forever when Coach Ken Carter padlocked the gym, refusing the players access for failing to keep up their grades. Inspired by a true story, “Coach Carter” is an inspirational account of controversial high school basketball coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson), who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for benching his entire undefeated team for poor academic performance. Set in Richmond, California, this rousing, heartfelt portrayal of human courage and conviction is about overcoming the obstacles of your environment and showing young men a future that stretches beyond gangs, drugs, prison, and yes…even basketball. Paramount Pictures presents an MTV Films Tollin/Robbins production of a Thomas Carter Film, “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Thomas Carter, written by Mark Schwahn and John Gatins, the film is inspired by the life of Ken Carter. Produced by Brian Robbins, Mike Tollin and David Gale, and executive-produced by Van Toffler, Thomas Carter, Sharla Sumpter and Caitlin Scanlon, the film also stars Robert Ri’chard, Rob Brown, Ashanti and Debbi Morgan. Paramount Pictures is a part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., one of the world’s largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and music.
This film has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for violence, sexual content, language, teen partying & some drug material.
ABOUT THE STORY Playing high school basketball takes more than skill, perseverance, discipline and teamwork – especially when you play for Coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson). Just to step on Carter’s court takes a signed contract that assures him you’ll be performing at your best on the court and in the classroom. On Coach Carter’s watch, it’s not just about winning a basketball game…it’s about his team’s future. That’s why, when some of Carter’s players let their grades slip, he chooses to padlock the gym, keeping the undefeated team from practicing and from playing. Standing up to school officials who oppose him, not to mention a town full of angry parents, many of whom see basketball as the only way for their sons to get out of Richmond, Carter refuses to back down. Having attended Richmond High himself, he has literally been in those boys’ shoes. Like them, he loved playing the game. And even though he was a very accomplished player, and still held many of the school’s records, it is education – not basketball – that Carter feels led him to be the man he is today. Encouraging others to put education before recreation, Carter wants to leave a legacy. He wants players to see beyond their hoop dreams and see a future with endless options and possibilities. “This is definitely not your typical story and Ken Carter is not your typical guy,” says Academy Award® nominee Samuel L. Jackson about the controversial coach he portrays. “Both
the story and Ken are about teaching young people to expect more from themselves and to see beyond their present.” Three-time Emmy-winning director Thomas Carter (“Save the Last Dance,” “Hill Street Blues”) totally agrees, adding that Jackson was the perfect choice to bring the no-nonsense Ken Carter (no relation) to life. “It’s rare to find such a compelling story with such a driven, yet truly likeable lead character,” says Carter. “Ken’s unwavering dedication and his enthusiasm for what he believes in is extraordinary. We needed someone who could translate his passion for both the kids and basketball to the screen, and...