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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramiro Rodriguez ...
Danny Diaz
Thomas Valles
Jose Cardenas
David Diaz
Johnny Sameniego
Victor Puentes
Michael Aguero ...
Damacio Diaz
Señora Diaz
Señor Diaz
Principal Camillo
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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Champions can come from anywhere


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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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Did You Know?


Not all of the runners from the 1987 team were featured in the film. Director Niki Caro wanted to show more family in the movie, so Luis Partida, who was on the team, was replaced with David Diaz, Damacio and Danny's brother. David, however, had graduated the year before McFarland's first state title win. See more »


The 1987 State Meet was (and still is) held at Woodward Park in Fresno. See more »


Jim White: David, I'd like you to ask your father something for me.
David Diaz: Yeah
Jim White: You know what, just tell him... just tell him it was an honor to be invited into his home.
David Diaz: Dad, he said it was an honor to be invited into your home.
Señor Diaz: Tell him I say thanks.
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


Give It Up
Written by Chris Gerniottis
Performed by Kubla Kahn
Courtesy of Platform Music Group
By arrangement with Cicadelic Records
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Don't run away from this movie.
16 August 2015 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The thought of a movie about running can be off putting, but personally I feel that you should give this movie a chance.

You won't be surprised that much by what happens as the structure of it is similar to hundreds of other flicks: the typical success story of a bunch of kids you would not bet $5 on. In this case, they have the gift of running, and their trainer (Kevin Costner) is the man to lead them. By the way, after so many years, I still don't know what to think about Kevin Costner. Is he a good actor? or is he just lucky to still get some roles? I haven't got a clue, but either way, his acting will not spoil the movie.

Since it's based on real events, you'll probably watch it out curiosity and forgive any lack of cinematographic quality. You should find it up-lifting and a good enough watch.

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