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.
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.
Principal photography took place in Camarillo, California and many of McFarland's residents were extras in the movie. See more »
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 »
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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