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

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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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Colombian music superstar Juanes was approached to write the theme song for the film. "Juntos/Together" was performed in The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015), as the first Latin song in 10 years to be given the privilege. See more »

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The school buses in the background at the final meet are wrong. At the original meet there are Crowns in the parking lot. See more »

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Cheryl White: Fourth place at your first meet? That's not too shabby.
Jim White: Fourth out of four; also known as last place.
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Performed by Jose Hernandez and the Mariachi Sol de Mexico (as Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez)
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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!!
21 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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