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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

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Jim White and his wife Cheryl have three daughters, not two. The oldest daughter, Tami, does not appear in the film. Julie and Jami are also portrayed slightly younger than their real ages at the time of McFarland's first state title win in 1987 (all three were in college during that time). See more »

Goofs

The Pyrex Easy Grab dish that Mrs. Diaz uses to serve her enchiladas was not introduced until 2010, 23 years later. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl White: Fourth place at your first meet? That's not too shabby.
Jim White: Fourth out of four; also known as last place.
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References Cars (2006) See more »

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Function Underground
Written by Leonard Michael Lenaburg
Performed by We The People
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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You can't go wrong when you put Kevin Costner in a sports movie. Inspiring and inspirational. A definite must see!!
21 April 2015 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"These are good kids, smart kids. They just need a chance at a better future." Jim White (Costner) is a football coach at a prestigious high school. After a halftime outburst he is fired and takes a job in McFarland high as an assistant football coach. When a disagreement strips him of that position as well he isn't sure what to do next. When he sees one of the students running he decides it's time for the school to have a cross country team. Fighting with the runners, parents and school he does his best to transform the students, the school and the community. In terms of movies there is really one sure bet. If you put Kevin Costner in a sports movie it's gonna be good. Even with those high expectations this did not disappoint. The movie is tremendously inspiring. While watching there is a way you want it to end, and you are right there training and running with them hoping for the outcome you desire. The only bad I can say about it is that I liked his other ones better, but only because I like football and baseball more than running. That in no way diminishes the greatness of this movie though. Overall, Costner proves again why he is THE choice for sports movie actors. I give this an A.


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