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.
Colombian music superstar Juanes was approached to write the theme song for the film. "Juntos/Together" was performed at the The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015), the first Latin song in ten years to be given the privilege. See more »
The film shows White being forced to relocate to McFarland after he is fired from a football coaching job. In fact, the White family moved to McFarland in 1964, 16 years before White started the cross country team. See more »
Jim White, Security Guard:
That will be $9.50 for parking.
Listen, I've got 5 bucks and 7 boys who have never seen the ocean before.
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It's hard imagine anyone who would not cheer a bit after watching "McFarland, USA" (2015). This is a true story, and the movie is truly good and sometimes moving. It's inspirational story like you have seen many times actually, but it is made so well that at running time 2 h 5 min this movie never drags and is involving from start till finish.
Overall, "McFarland, USA" is sometimes routine and familiar, yet very entertaining movie. Kevin Costner is good in here, and although no Oscars will shine with this movie, it's nevertheless a very well made picture. Directing was solid - pacing of this movie is great. Music was nice, as well as cinematography. It's not very original picture, but a very fine one.
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