McFarland, USA

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

Directed by: Niki Caro
Genres: Drama,
Production Company: Mayhem Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures,

McFarland, USA - Champions Can Come From Anywhere. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 20-02-2015
  • Runtime: 128 Minutes
  • Popularity: 11.85
  • Vote Count: 535
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 45,710,059
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Kevin Costner - Azwaad Movie Database Kevin Costner Jim White
Ramiro Rodriguez - Azwaad Movie Database Ramiro Rodriguez Danny Diaz
Maria Bello - Azwaad Movie Database Maria Bello Cheryl White
Johnny Ortiz - Azwaad Movie Database Johnny Ortiz Jose Cardenas
Diana Maria Riva - Azwaad Movie Database Diana Maria Riva Señora Diaz
Elsie Fisher - Azwaad Movie Database Elsie Fisher Jamie White
Valente Rodriguez - Azwaad Movie Database Valente Rodriguez Principal Camillo
Morgan Saylor - Azwaad Movie Database Morgan Saylor Julie White
Martha Higareda - Azwaad Movie Database Martha Higareda Lupe
Carlos Pratts - Azwaad Movie Database Carlos Pratts Thomas Valles
Photo Name Department
Sheila Jaffe-Production Sheila Jaffe Production (Casting)
Antonio Pinto-Sound Antonio Pinto Sound (Original Music Composer)
Richard Hoover-Art Richard Hoover Art (Production Design)
Niki Caro-Directing Niki Caro Directing (Director)
David Coulson-Editing David Coulson Editing (Editor)
Mario Iscovich-Production Mario Iscovich Production (Executive Producer)
Grant Thompson-Writing Grant Thompson Writing (Screenplay)
Christopher Cleveland-Writing Christopher Cleveland Writing (Screenplay)
Bettina Gilois-Writing Bettina Gilois Writing (Screenplay)
Mark Ciardi-Production Mark Ciardi Production (Producer)

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> It's just a matter of when, one to find his place to fit in. Nothing wrong to call it an another version of 'Spare Parts', but it dealt with a different subject. It is a biographical-sport film, about a running race team involving seven high school students from one of the poorest towns in America, McFarland. But the tale begins with the coach Jim White, who finally arrives with his family there after got fired frequently in the other cities. Not intended to stay for a long period, but he has no other choice. He finds hard to fit in the society and get along with his students, but he manages to get going when he forms a team for the upcoming cross-country running race. So their journey puts the small town on the map. A very inspiring film, not just sports personalities, but anyone who wants to achieve in life should see it. So a must see film for the students and the youngsters. It is not just about the sport, but culture and society. The first act was an introduction, where and how everyone comes together was revealed. Followed by the middle part focused more on the game. Getting prepared for it and facing other troubles that stands obstacle to it. And finally in the third act, it kind of loses what originally intended as a theme, but brings the social matter into it before getting back to where it belongs to curtain. There was lots of modification in the cinema version compared to the original story. Characters, locations, events, all were kind of randomised from the actuality to the different timelines just to tell a good story. After all, this is a Disney film and Disney always seeks a decent family theme, yet it still remains true to the real. From the New Zealand director of 'Whale Rider' fame, another brilliant film. Apart from the super Kevin Costner and his family, the rest of the cast was so perfect. One of the best sport-dramas of the year and Disney done it again. You no need to analyse it to choose, just go for it and it won't disappoint you. 8/10

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Well made, well acted. Hearty viewing. 'McFarland, USA' sees Disney do a true story sports drama for what feels like the billionth time, but there's no disputing they sure do know how to create a wholesome and meaningful film for the genre; despite the clichés and predictability. This is no different, it's very good. Kevin Costner leads astutely as Jim White, while Carlos Pratts is the pick of the bunch when it comes to the younger guys. All of the latter, who play a group of runners that White coaches, are well cast in truth. I felt a connection to the story, thanks to the writing but also to them. It does turn into a very pleasant and enjoyable 128 minutes, it's also quite unique to see a sports film about cross-country running as opposed to the usual basketball, American football etc. Score/cinematography wise, it's good. Definitely watch this if you get the opportunity.

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