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A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
McFarland, USA (also known as McFarland) is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Niki Caro, produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson with music composed by Antônio Pinto. The film was co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mayhem Pictures. Based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a mainly Latino high school in McFarland, California, the film stars Kevin Costner as Jim White, the school’s coach, who leads the team to win a state championship. The film also stars Maria Bello and Morgan Saylor. McFarland, USA was released on February 20, 2015, received positive reviews from critics, and grossed over $45 million. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 2, 2015 by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
Jim White, a football coach, loses his job and moves with his family to take a new job at McFarland High School in McFarland, California, which is predominantly Latino. Discovering that some of his students are strong runners, he organizes a boys cross country team with seven members who have little hope for their future. Under his guidance the team becomes outstandingly successful, winning multiple state titles over the years, with many members escaping poverty and being first in their families to go to college or into military careers.
In an interview, Jim White noted that while the movie was based on a true story, it was not a documentary. He acknowledged that not everything in the movie was factual, but that “it’s still an enjoyable movie… it turned out fine.” Some of the more notable differences included: Jim White had not been fired from numerous prior teaching jobs before starting at McFarland. He started teaching in the McFarland school district after graduating from Pepperdine University in 1964.
During that time, McFarland was predominantly white in terms of demographics. White taught different subjects at numerous grade levels (fifth grade science, seventh and eighth grade woodshop, and PE) before starting his coaching career in 1980. White retired in 2003 after 23 years of coaching. White did not establish the cross-country team at the school, but instead restarted it after it had been dropped for a year. He rebuilt both the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams, despite only the boys’ team being featured in the film. Similarly, White took both teams to the California coast beach at Cayucos during the 1985 (not 1987) season.
Not all of the runners from the 1987 team are featured in the film. Director Niki Caro wanted to show more family in the movie, so Luis Partida, who was on the team, was replaced with David Diaz, Damacio and Danny’s brother. David, however, had graduated the year before McFarland’s first state title win. Jim White and his wife Cheryl have three daughters, not two. Their oldest daughter, Tami, does not appear in the film. Julie and Jami are also portrayed relatively younger than their real ages at the time of McFarland’s first state title win in 1987 (all three were in college during that time). Danny Diaz was not overweight as a kid. He was, however, the seventh person on the team and still instrumental to its 1987 state title win.