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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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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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Trivia

The misspelling of "Cougers" on the hats was explained. Coach White notices it and one of the runners (Thomas) says not to point it out because the parents have fund raised along with the athletes and are so proud of the new uniforms. See more »

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The film shows White's wife and children as depressed by having to move to McFarland. In fact, the White family wanted to live in a small town. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 March 2015 (2015) See more »

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In My '64
Written by 'Mark Pistel', Chuck Prophet, Happy Sanchez
Performed by Latin Soul Syndicate
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
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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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