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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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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
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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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Storyline

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.

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Champions can come from anywhere

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Biography | 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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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$44,469,602 (USA) (26 June 2015)
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On Canadian TV the movie title is shown as simply "McFarland", dropping the "USA". See more »

Goofs

When Carlos is at the top of the pile of almond hulls, he said that someone picked them. Almonds are not picked. A machine shakes the tree and the almonds fall into the machine or are swept up later. See more »

Quotes

Principal Camillo: Have you ever coached cross country?
Jim White: No.
Principal Camillo: Have you ever coached track?
Jim White: No.
Principal Camillo: You have competed in high school maybe.
Jim White: No.
Principal Camillo: Well you sound perfect.
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Features Adventure Time (2010) See more »

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Written by John F. Burns
Performed by Ohio University Marching 110
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Simple, predictable, but very appealing
5 December 2015 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

In making this movie Kevin Costner stuck to the formula, the one that most feel good sports movies use, and made it work beautifully. There are no unexpected fancy twists in this one. The acting is straight up and solid. The ethnic background of the movie adds to the movie in good way. I enjoy a few of the scenes that involve the interactions between the coach or his family and the locals. They demonstrate how cultural interaction and familiarity can eliminate fear and breakdown the walls that divide us. Don't get me wrong, the movie is not trying to give you a social/cultural lecture, this stuff comes naturally mixed with the main story line.

If you like the genre, you'll enjoy this movie.


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