‘Coach Carter’, the true-life story of a coach who tries to teach his players that there's more to life than basketball will be screened at 6.00 pm on September 16 at the American Centre, Galle Road, Colombo-3.
Directed by Thomas Carter the strory revolves around Richmond High School, Richmond, California, in which head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Inspired by the true story of controversial Richmond, California basketball coach Ken Carter, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for benching his entire team undefeated team for poor academic performance.
Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) was once a star player on the Richmond High School basketball team in Richmond, CA, and years later, after establishing himself in publishing and marketing, he returns to the school and to the team as the new basketball coach. Carter quickly sees that his work is cut out for him -- the team is having an awful season, and their fights off the court are more decisive than their play on the court. While Carter wants to make the Richmond cagers into a winning team, he also wants a lot more -- to teach the boys to respect themselves and one another, and that they must excel in the classroom as well as in the gymnasium. Under Carter's guidance, the team turns their losing season around, with the state title a genuine possibility.
Released in January 2005, the biopic sports drama was distributed by Paramount Pictures and it made US box office $67,253,092.