Insight to Coach Carter Film

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COACH CARTER Production Information 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…show more content…
Faced with Kyra’s pregnancy, Kenyon is torn when he has to decide whether or not to remain in Richmond to help raise the child, knowing that if he does stay, it could derail his future. Best known for his breakout role in “Finding Forrester,” Brown says that the multifaceted role was something he simply couldn’t pass up. “I read a lot of scripts and choose my projects very carefully, and when ‘Coach Carter’ came along, I could instantly see what an important story it is,” recalls Brown. “My character, like a lot of the guys on the team, has his own problems, but he’s a smart guy and doesn’t want to make the mistakes he’s seen other guys in the same situation make. But he really loves Kyra, so he’s torn. It’s a very real-life dilemma that a lot of young people face before they’re ready to handle it.” Grammy winner Ashanti, who makes her major motion picture debut, says that she was proud to be entering the film world with such a meaningful project. “The script was great. It really delved into the lives of these people and made you care about each and every one of them,” says Ashanti. “I think this movie is going to touch a lot of people because it’s based on 4 the real story of Ken Carter who is genuinely a good soul and truly cared about the futures of these boys.”

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