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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim White
Ramiro Rodriguez ... Danny Diaz
... Thomas Valles
... Jose Cardenas
... David Diaz
... Johnny Sameniego
... Victor Puentes
Michael Aguero ... Damacio Diaz
... Señora Diaz
... Señor Diaz
... Principal Camillo
... Sammy Rosaldo
... Cheryl White
... Julie White
... 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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

$44,469,602, 28 June 2015
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After the Clovis High School Cross Country coach makes some rude comments about the McFarland runners, you can barely hear Kevin Costner's voice say, "It's a true story." This was apparently in reference to the comments made by the Clovis coach. The statement can be heard immediately after the Clovis coach calls out his runners' time. See more »

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When Thomas gives Julie the bracelet at her quinceanera, on a close up of the bracelet it shows it just sitting in the box without any padding often used in jewelry boxes. However, when he picks it up from the box to put it on her, you can see it get briefly stuck to some cotton padding. See more »

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Jim WhiteSecurity Guard: That will be $9.50 for parking.
Jim White: Listen, I've got 5 bucks and 7 boys who have never seen the ocean before.
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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Impala Creeper
Written by Raney Shockne
Performed by Raney Shockne and Wiidope
Courtesy of Note Republic Music
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Best in a long time
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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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