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.
At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watch-dog assigned to him.
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.
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 White, Security Guard:
That will be $9.50 for parking.
Listen, I've got 5 bucks and 7 boys who have never seen the ocean before.
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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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