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.
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.
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 »
David, I'd like you to ask your father something for me.
You know what, just tell him... just tell him it was an honor to be invited into his home.
Dad, he said it was an honor to be invited into your home.
Tell him I say thanks.
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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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