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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.

Director:

Niki Caro

Writers:

Christopher Cleveland (screenplay), Bettina Gilois (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Jim White
Ramiro Rodriguez Ramiro Rodriguez ... Danny Diaz
Carlos Pratts ... Thomas Valles
Johnny Ortiz ... Jose Cardenas
Rafael Martinez ... David Diaz
Hector Duran ... Johnny Sameniego
Sergio Avelar ... Victor Puentes
Michael Aguero Michael Aguero ... Damacio Diaz
Diana Maria Riva ... Señora Diaz
Omar Leyva ... Señor Diaz
Valente Rodriguez ... Principal Camillo
Danny Mora ... Sammy Rosaldo
Maria Bello ... Cheryl White
Morgan Saylor ... Julie White
Elsie Fisher ... 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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spanish]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

McFarland See more »

Filming Locations:

Kern County, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,020,798, 22 February 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,469,602, 28 June 2015
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the actual 1987 McFarland High School cross country team and their real-life coach Jim White. See more »

Goofs

The mother takes the picture of the team with a digital camera not available in 1987. See more »

Quotes

Maria Marisol: [reading Jose Cardenas's paper] We fly like blackbirds through the orange groves, floating on a warm wind. When we run, we own the earth. The land is ours. We speak the birds' language. Not immigrant no more. No stupid Mexicans. When we run, our spirits fly. We speak to the gods. When we run, we are the gods.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 February 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

El Vals De Las Mariposas
Written by Daniel Candon De La Campa
Performed by Jose Hernandez and the Mariachi Sol de Mexico (as Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez)
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Beautiful, organic, touching film
28 January 2016 | by LAtoSEASee all my reviews

After a million years as an IMDb member I'm finally inspired to write a review. This movie is guileless and sweet in the most beautiful way. Not heavy-handed, no huge buildup over the races (in all aspects of the word), but rather huge focus on interpersonal relationships and the judgments every human makes about one another. There's also huge pride in the small working towns I've personally driven through on my way to somewhere else, and the seemingly small people whose backs we live off of. There is so much heart here. I'm surprised this is a Disney movie.

Anyway, I believe love drives us. And this is such an affirmation of the different types of love and relationships that can push us in the best ways and help us achieve greatness. I'm so deeply pleased to have seen this film. Every one of us has a moment or period when we are down for the count. We don't always handle it with grace. That doesn't mean we are without grace.


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