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“McFarland, USA” is a sports drama film based on the true story of a high school cross-country team from McFarland, a small and predominantly Latino town in California's Central Valley. The film follows coach Jim White (played by ) as he arrives at McFarland High School, a predominantly Hispanic school with limited resources. He discovers the exceptional running talent among his students and decides to form a cross-country team.

Despite facing numerous challenges, including poverty and a lack of proper training facilities, Coach White and his team of young runners work hard to overcome obstacles, both on and off the track. The film portrays their journey of determination, resilience, and the bonds they form as they strive for success in the sport of cross-country running.


“McFarland, USA” received generally positive reviews from both critics and audiences. The film was praised for its inspiring and heartwarming story, strong performances, and its portrayal of the real-life individuals and their struggles. 's performance as Coach White was particularly well-received. Critics appreciated how the film touched on themes of diversity, family, and the American dream, making it a feel-good sports drama.


Jim White, a high school coach with a history of job changes due to his temper, arrives in the small, economically disadvantaged town of McFarland, California, with his family. He takes a job as a teacher and coach at McFarland High School, where he discovers the exceptional running abilities of some of his students. Recognizing their potential, White decides to form a cross-country team, even though the school has never had such a program.

Despite facing numerous challenges, including language barriers, financial hardships, and the demanding physical nature of the sport, Coach White works tirelessly to train his athletes. The team is composed of seven young runners, including Thomas Valles, Jose Cardenas, Johnny Sameniego, and others, all from working-class Latino families.

As the team members train and compete, they not only excel in cross-country but also develop strong bonds with each other and their coach. They begin to see running as a way to escape the cycle of poverty that has affected their families for generations. Over time, the McFarland cross-country team achieves remarkable success, eventually competing in the California State Championships.


“McFarland, USA” received positive attention, although it did not win major awards. The film resonated with audiences and received recognition for its inspiring and uplifting narrative.


“McFarland, USA” gained popularity for its heartwarming story and themes of perseverance and determination. It struck a chord with viewers who appreciated the portrayal of real-life individuals who overcame adversity to achieve success in the world of sports. While it may not have achieved the same level of recognition as some blockbuster films, it remains a beloved and inspirational sports drama.


Directed by
Screenplay by
  • Christopher Cleveland
  • Bettina Gilois
  • Grant Thompson
Story by
  • Christopher Cleveland
  • Bettina Gilois
Produced by
  • Gordon Gray
  • Mark Ciardi
Cinematography Adam Arkapaw
Edited by David Coulson
Music by Antônio Pinto
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • February 9, 2015 (Hollywood)
  • February 20, 2015 (United States)
Running time
129 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $45.7 million


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