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McFarland, USA

PG| 2 hr. 9 min.

Plot Summary

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot
to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds
to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Cast: Kevin Costner , Maria Bello , Morgan Saylor , Michael Aguero , Sergio Avelar , Hector Duran , Rafael Martinez , Martha Higareda

Director: Niki Caro

Genres: Docudrama, Biography

Distributor: Walt Disney

McFarland, USA (2015)

Release Date: February 20th, 2015|2 hr. 9 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 13 )
  • Thanks to the fleet direction of Niki Caro and no-bull performances by the boys, notably Carlos Pratts as the team's best runner and Ramiro Rodriguez as the worst. Along the way, McFarland, USA gives us a vital sense of hardscrabble lives and dreams of glory deferred. All cheers here are fully earned. show more

  • Even good stories are never quite like a movie, and to its credit McFarland, USA doesn’t try hard to be like a movie. It tries to be something like life. show more

  • A cross-cultural charmer, an endearing true story told with intelligence and warmth by director Niki Caro (2002's Whale Rider). show more

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  • March 20, 2015 pegkeating
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    Don't miss this one.... a few more like it amist all the other bad "stuff'" would raise our level of goodness ... something we could all use ... Everything about this movie is worth the watch... Kevin ...... Do it again !!!

  • March 18, 2015 john223309
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    We enjoyed this true story, especially with our background as teachers, which demonstrates what can be done to escape a life of drudge and poverty if one is willing and has a leader/mentor. Good job by all.

  • March 16, 2015 Deanna Diederich
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    Great story and kids! Costner phoned it in though.

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