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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
Ramiro Rodriguez ...
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
Michael Aguero ...
Damacio Diaz
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Señora Diaz
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Señor Diaz
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Principal Camillo
Danny Mora ...
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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Champions can come from anywhere

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Drama | Sport

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

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20 February 2015 (USA)  »

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

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$42,605,917 (USA) (10 April 2015)
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McFarland is in north Kern County 7 miles south of Delano where two Olympic medalists world record holders attended high school. See more »

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The Pyrex Easy Grab dish that Diaz's mother uses to serve her enchiladas was not introduced until 2010, 23 years later. 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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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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20 March 2015 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

OK, so I'm old, white and a native Texan. That doesn't mean I'm a bigot, racist, or stupid. I rarely go to movies anymore because I'm not interested in space creatures, zombies, excessive violence etc. I will pay to see good movies about interesting people and real life events, with good acting.

McFarland definitely met my requirements and is the best movie I've seen in a very long time!

When I hear my neighbors complain about Mexican immigrants and why they should be deported etc. I tell them to "Pick your own damn lettuce then

  • or pay $6.00 for it!" Most of us have no clue what their lives are


like and certainly aren't tough enough to handle it.

I don't remember ever seeing a Keven Costner film I thought was awful. I heard so many negative comments about Waterworld that I didn't watch it for years. Finally gave in to test it, and actually thought it was rather good.

My son and his family also saw McFarland and they thought it was excellent as well. I'm very glad my teen grandchildren got to see it and hope other teens do as well.


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