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McFarland, USA (2015)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  20 February 2015 (USA)
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A cross country coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

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Jim White
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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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Damacio Diaz
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Señora Diaz
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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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$11,020,798 (USA) (20 February 2015)

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$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 »

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

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Jim White: So, do you guys get paid by the hour?
David Diaz: No, the field.
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You can't go wrong when you put Kevin Costner in a sports movie. Inspiring and inspirational. A definite must see!!
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"These are good kids, smart kids. They just need a chance at a better future." Jim White (Costner) is a football coach at a prestigious high school. After a halftime outburst he is fired and takes a job in McFarland high as an assistant football coach. When a disagreement strips him of that position as well he isn't sure what to do next. When he sees one of the students running he decides it's time for the school to have a cross country team. Fighting with the runners, parents and school he does his best to transform the students, the school and the community. In terms of movies there is really one sure bet. If you put Kevin Costner in a sports movie it's gonna be good. Even with those high expectations this did not disappoint. The movie is tremendously inspiring. While watching there is a way you want it to end, and you are right there training and running with them hoping for the outcome you desire. The only bad I can say about it is that I liked his other ones better, but only because I like football and baseball more than running. That in no way diminishes the greatness of this movie though. Overall, Costner proves again why he is THE choice for sports movie actors. I give this an A.


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