Taglines: Champions can come from anywhere.
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.
McFarland, USA is a drama film based on the true story of a Latino high school track team from McFarland, California. The film stars Kevin Costner as the school’s coach who leads the team through several social issues of the 1980s to win a championship. Directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the film was released on February 20, 2015.
Directed by: Niki Caro
Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Elsie Fisher, Mariann Gavelo, Catherine Toribio, Chelsea Rendon, Carmyn Xoluv
Screenplay by: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson
Production Design by: Richard Hoover
Cinematography by: Adam Arkapaw, Terry Stacey
Film Editing by: David Coulson
Costume Design by: Sophie De Rakoff
Art Direction by: Karen Steward
Music by: Antonio Pinto
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, some violence and language.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: February 20, 2015