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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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Niki Caro

Writers:

Christopher Cleveland (screenplay), Bettina Gilois (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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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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 fundraised, along with the athletes, and are so proud of the new uniforms." See more »

Goofs

In the Palo Alto Invitational, in a rear view, the race official is shown holding a starter's pistol behind his back. Because it is missing the cylinder, the starter's pistol could not fire or even hold blanks. 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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Features CHiPs (1977) See more »

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Las Mañanitas
Performed by Jose Hernandez and the Mariachi Sol de Mexico (as Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez)
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nicely done
20 July 2015 | by MattyAndAnnikaSee all my reviews

McFarland, USA (2014) is an amazing movie based on a true story that took place within McFarland. This film reminded me of films like "Radio", and others within this type of genre. The film starts off like all within in film style as it calmly introduces the cast and the story line, which paced nicely. The cast that was selected for McFarland, USA couldn't have been any better, it was perfect. For a drama film in which typically is not my favorite genre, this one kept me awaiting for more.

This film brings forth a story about family, hope, strength, and it holds it all together well within it's presentation, very enjoyable to say the least. McFarland, USA is a film in which I'd love to have in my personal DVD Collection as well as this is a film I'd watch many times over, this is a properly put together film. Loved it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

McFarland, USA 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

Gross USA:

$44,482,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,710,059
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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