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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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20 February 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

McFarland  »

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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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Trivia

On Canadian TV, the movie title was shown as simply "McFarland," dropping the "USA" that follows. See more »

Goofs

The film shows White's wife and children as depressed by having to move to McFarland. In fact, the White family wanted to live in a small town. 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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Connections

Referenced in The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015) See more »

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Rafael El Colombiano
Written by Andy Gonzales, John Salazar
Performed by Andy Gonzales
Courtesy of Platform Music Group
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Beautiful, organic, touching film
28 January 2016 | by See 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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