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McFarland, USA (2015)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  20 February 2015 (USA)
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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 seven 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 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 in 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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Champions can come from anywhere


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

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Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

McFarland  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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McFarland is in north Kern County 7 miles south of Delano where two Olympic medalists world record holders attended high school. See more »


The mother takes the picture of the team with a digital camera not available in 1987. See more »


Maria Marisol: [reading Jose Cardenas's paper] We fly like blackbirds through the orange groves, floating on a warm wind. When we run, we own the earth. The land is ours. We speak the birds' language. Not immigrant no more. No stupid Mexicans. When we run, our spirits fly. We speak to the gods. When we run, we are the gods.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 February 2015 (2015) See more »


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Written by George Dominguez, John Figueroa, William Garcia, Benjamin Lopez, Roy Marquez, Romeo Prado, Jose Rendon, George Salazar
Performed by Thee Midniters
Courtesy of Chattahoochee Records
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Familiar, yet very entertaining picture
21 June 2015 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

It's hard imagine anyone who would not cheer a bit after watching "McFarland, USA" (2015). This is a true story, and the movie is truly good and sometimes moving. It's inspirational story like you have seen many times actually, but it is made so well that at running time 2 h 5 min this movie never drags and is involving from start till finish.

Overall, "McFarland, USA" is sometimes routine and familiar, yet very entertaining movie. Kevin Costner is good in here, and although no Oscars will shine with this movie, it's nevertheless a very well made picture. Directing was solid - pacing of this movie is great. Music was nice, as well as cinematography. It's not very original picture, but a very fine one.

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