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Cast: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor
Based on a true story of overcoming overwhelming socio-economic despair and ethnic differences, the Disney Studios production of the sports drama McFarland, USA stars Kevin Costner as a high school cross-country coach faced with a group of poorly-trained, yet talented group of athletes.
McFarland, California high school is predominantly Latino, its student population bogged down by the overall economic malaise of the rural community. When new cross-country coach Jim White (Costner) accepts his new position, he soon discovers that his task is made more difficult by not only language and cultural differences, but also by the low expectations and wretched past history of the school's athletic program. The talent he witnesses in his athletes is encouraging, and slowly but surely he begins to "reach" his team, helped by the realization that they have a unique bond in this endeavor. That bond, brought about by the ingrained work ethic and team spirit of both the athletes and the community, miraculously helps to transform the perenially outmanned group into a championship team.
Directed by Niki Caro, McFarland, USA's cast also features Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor and Carlos Pratts.