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McFarland, USA (2015)

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Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross country team and turns 7 students with no hope into one of the best cross country teams.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim White
Danny Diaz
Thomas Valles
Jose Cardenas
David Diaz
Johnny Sameniego
Victor Puentes
Michael Aguero ...
Damacio Diaz
Señora Diaz
Señor Diaz
Principal Camillo
Danny Mora ...
Sammy Rosaldo
Cheryl White
Julie White
Jamie White


A struggling coach and teacher who has been had to move around for different incidents in his career finally comes to one of the poorest cities in America- McFarland, California. There he discovers buried potential among several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners and brings them closer than even he could ever imagine.

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Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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20 February 2015 (USA)  »

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$11,020,798 (USA) (20 February 2015)


$44,469,602 (USA) (26 June 2015)

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There is a second American town named McFarland which is in southern Wisconsin. See more »


The film shows White being forced to relocate to McFarland after he is fired from a football coaching job. In fact, the White family moved to McFarland in 1964, 16 years before White started the cross country team. See more »


Jim WhiteSecurity Guard: That will be $9.50 for parking.
Jim White: Listen, I've got 5 bucks and 7 boys who have never seen the ocean before.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 March 2015 (2015) See more »


Written by Edel Ramirez
Performed by Inzendio
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Good Running Movie
6 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Started out as a predictable football movie but moved to Cross Country. Interesting as this is not a "Macho" sport and would appear to be unappealing to the former football players. Anyway good music and cinematography. As a former High School cross country geek-we NEVER insulted a rival team. We were undefeated my Senior year but we never gloated. The first meet shows the snobby kids from the rich suburban schools gloating. Maybe that's a California thing but we did not do it in Jersey-any you know how nasty we can be at times!!

AS far as the comparison to Chariots of Fire-that was a great movie. How one can knock it! BTW, it won the Emmy that year for best picture and also for best movie theme-so there!!

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