McFarland, USA

McFarland, USA

DVD - 2015
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, the movie 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, a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. 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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Disney, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.0 Dolby (English, Spanish),2.0 Dolby (English DVS)
video file,DVD video
Call Number: DVD MCF

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DCLadults Aug 15, 2019

Watch this inspiring, true story of an unlikely team of runners who overcome the odds to become cross-country champions.


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greatflicks
Aug 29, 2019

An excellent movie that provided us with some very good entertainment. What made it so special was to learn that this was a real story and it showed how one coach was able to change and make such a wonderful impact so many lives, including his own. I got lucky finding this movie, wish I could find more like it.

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chetanka
Apr 02, 2019

Just a lovely feel-good movie.

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Gwen904
Jan 31, 2019

Inspirational, heartfelt film with some good actors. Recommended.

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reypotter06
Jan 27, 2019

When I saw the trailer I was like oh no... it's going to be another cliche football movie. But after I watched "McFarland" I was surprised and inspired. This is a must watch!

What could have been an amazing movie was drug down by poor music (that didn't fit the scene), a sluggish pace, and countless missed opportunities for those stand-up-and-cheer moments.
Mostly familiar, retread HS sports movie material, BUT, the cast, acting, and cinematography are all reasonably good and, in the end, it all kind of pans out at OK.
But, only that I'm afraid.

marycatlyons Apr 30, 2018

I hadn't heard much about this movie, and overall I was impressed. It's definitely an inspiring story. My only issue is that it has an agonizingly slow build up. Definitely worth a watch though!

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 02, 2017

It didn't feel like a Disney film because the long bumpy road to the championship or that the coach admitted he make mistakes.
Loved the scene on tough ex-football coach laid low by picking fruits & vegetables for few hours.
The ending was inspiring.

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readyrisa
Aug 14, 2016

Amazing movie based on a true story. A wonderful movie about family, hope, and strength. Loved it!

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tims67
May 26, 2016

Excellent movie ... great family movie.

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orange_chicken_252
Feb 26, 2016

Inspiring!

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LunarPride101
Mar 25, 2016

After being fired from his job as coach in Boise, Idaho, coach Jim White moves his family of four across the country to McFarland California. He works as the life science teacher, PE coach, and assistant football coach. He decides to start a cross-country team, after noticing the keen running skill in most of the students. It also gives insight on the lives of the students and their work as "pickers". It is a wonderful tribute to the original team and their town, McFarland.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2015

White's prep talk:
They haven't got what you've got. They don't get up at dawn like you and go to work in the fields. They don't go to school all day and then go back to those same fields. That's what you do. And then you come out with me and you run eight miles, 10 miles and you take on even more pain. These kids don't do what you do. They can't even imagine it. I want you to look around. Best in the state, right? Every team that's here deserves to be, including you. But they haven't got what you got. All right? They don't get up at dawn like you and go to work in the fields. Right? … that day with you Diaz kids, I'll be honest with you, it was a... It was the worst day's work I ever had to do in my life. And I said to myself, "Whatever kind of crappy job I end up in, "it'll never be as tough as that." You kids do it every day. And your parents hope they can do it every day, and they'll do it for a lifetime if it means a better life for you.

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