There have been so many amazing and inspiring sports movies made over the years and MCFARLAND, USA can now be added to that list. In 1987 in a small town in McFarland, CA one coach and his group of runners change the course of their lives and leave a legacy the town will never forget.
Coach White moved to McFarland, an economically hard-shipped and mostly Latino town, as his last ditch effort to teaching and hoping to find a place his family could call home. Little did he know how much not only his life would change, but how many lives he would change in he process. He quickly learned that this group of boys could do one thing really well, they could run. Knowing nothing about cross-country running he decided to out together a cross-country team and the rest is history.
Directed by Niki Caro (WHALE RIDER), starring Kevin Costner (FIELD OF DREAMS), Maria Bello (COYOTE UGLY), and Morgan Saylor (HOMELAND), MCFARLAND, USA isn’t just a film about changing lives, the actual production changed a few lives as well. One of the things I love most about director Niki Caro is the way she immerses herself into a project and uses the her surroundings to tell the story and that was no different here. Rather than shooting in a place that looked like McFarland or finding actors in Hollywood to portray the runners Caro shot in the city of McFarland making the city a character in itself. She also wanted to bring the city and it’s people in to the film as much as she could. Many of the boys portraying the cross country team were members of the city had never been a part of a Hollywood production at all. You can learn more about it in our 10 Things You Need To Know About MCFARLAND, USA & our piece on Niki Caro herself. To make sure she got the story perfect she enlisted the help of the real Coach Jim White and the runners of the 1987 team.
A story of the power of family, friendships, commitment to each other and incredible work ethic, comes a group of unlikely heroes who overcome incredible odds. A movie that will join the ranks of so many other inspiring sports stories like RUDY, REMEMBER THE TITANS and MIRACLE, MCFARLAND, USA will hit the shelves on DVD and Blue-Ray on June 2, 2015 and you can pre-order it now on Disney.com. In case you missed it in theatres check out the trailer below.