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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 seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.

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Danny Diaz
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Thomas Valles
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Jose Cardenas
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David Diaz
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Johnny Sameniego
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Victor Puentes
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Damacio Diaz
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Señora Diaz
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Señor Diaz
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Principal Camillo
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Sammy Rosaldo
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Cheryl White
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Julie White
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Jamie White
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Storyline

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

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The film is based on the actual 1987 McFarland High School cross country team and their real-life coach Jim White. See more »

Goofs

When the McFarland team is running up the big mountain at the meet, one of the runners from the Bakersfield High School team has a blue shirt with gold lettering. In real life, Bakersfield High School's colors are blue and white, not blue and gold. See more »

Quotes

Principal Camillo: Have you ever coached cross country?
Jim White: No.
Principal Camillo: Have you ever coached track?
Jim White: No.
Principal Camillo: You have competed in high school maybe.
Jim White: No.
Principal Camillo: Well you sound perfect.
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References Cars (2006) See more »

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Flashlight
Written by Bootsy Collins (as William Collins), George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Bernie Worrell (as Bernard Worrell)
Performed by Parliament
Courtesy of Island Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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nicely done
20 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

McFarland, USA (2014) is an amazing movie based on a true story that took place within McFarland. This film reminded me of films like "Radio", and others within this type of genre. The film starts off like all within in film style as it calmly introduces the cast and the story line, which paced nicely. The cast that was selected for McFarland, USA couldn't have been any better, it was perfect. For a drama film in which typically is not my favorite genre, this one kept me awaiting for more.

This film brings forth a story about family, hope, strength, and it holds it all together well within it's presentation, very enjoyable to say the least. McFarland, USA is a film in which I'd love to have in my personal DVD Collection as well as this is a film I'd watch many times over, this is a properly put together film. Loved it!


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