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McFarland, USA (2015)

McFarland, USA

Overview


Genre

Drama, Sport

Release Date

February 20, 2015

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

128 min.

Production Budget

$17 millions

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Niki Caro

Producer

Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray

Screenwriter

William Broyles Jr.

Starring

  • Kevin Costner as Jim "Blanco" White
  • Maria Bello as Cheryl
  • Elsie Fisher
  • Daniel Moncada
  • Carlos Pratts
  • Morgan Saylor
  • Vincent Martella
  • Vanessa Martinez
  • Ben Bray

Story


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.

Pictures (23 photos)


Kevin Costner stars as Jim White in Walt Disney Pictures' McFarland, USA (2015)
Maria Bello stars as Cheryl and Kevin Costner stars as Jim White in Walt Disney Pictures' McFarland, USA (2015)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..this sports saga treads familiar ground with warmth and skill..”
by Stephen Farber [Hollywood Reporter]
“..whatever nuance this film misses with its broad strokes are done with the best of all intentions..”
by Jordan Hoffman [The Guardian]
“..with its overriding emphasis on how Coach Costner fits into that world, this fifth feature from director Niki Caro never sheds its outsider perspective, ultimately emerging a well-intentioned mix of compassion and condescension..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]