McFarland, USA

Synopsis: A struggling coach and teacher who has had to move around for different incidents in his career finally comes to one of the poorest cities in America: McFarland, California. There he discovers buried potential in several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners and brings them closer than even he could ever imagine.
Director(s): Niki Caro
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  4 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min


He's just sitting there, man.

You can run around the edge!

- I know, right.

- That's what...

All right, guys.

- It wasn't my fault.

- Yeah.


We just set a record.

It's not a good one.

The most points ever scored

against this school, and it's halftime.

You think that's funny, Mitchell?

No, sir.

Well, then why are you laughing?

You're our captain,

elected by these guys.

Our only senior.

The time for you to make an impression

was in practice this week.

On the field tonight. Not now.

And certainly not on the sidelines,

planning a party at your parents' house

because you know

they're gone this weekend.

Pick it up.

Brandon, come here.

Come here. Yeah, you.

I said pick it up.

Now hand it to him.

Now, we have about five minutes

before we have to go out there,

in front of everybody

who's come here to support us tonight.

The question is,

what's gonna happen to you now,

when you have to go out there,

and everybody thinks

that you're gonna lay down.


Get out.

Me? I didn't say anything.

I said get out.

Are you kidding me?

Come here, let me take a look at that.

Dad, please tell me

that you took the wrong exit.

Are we in Mexico?


Shall we go take a look, folks?

Come on.

Is this really the place?


Who's she?

Paint store.

First thing tomorrow.

Assuming there is one.



Let's go find your room, girls.

Come on.

This place is a dump.

Like you care.

You'll be at college soon.

I'm the one who's gotta live here.

I think we're all tired, guys.

Why don't we go find

something to eat, okay?

Sounds great.

They gotta have a restaurant, right?


Hello. How are you?


We got tacos, tortas, burritos,

tostadas and quesadillas.

You got burgers?

No, we got tacos, tortas, tostadas,

burritos, and quesadillas.

Tacos. We'll take the tacos, thank you.

Okay. What kind of meat do you want?

Asada, al pastor,

chorizo, cabeza, lengua, jamon?

I'll bring you a selection.

You can sit wherever you want.


I want to watch The Brady Bunch.

Yeah. How about it?

All right, everybody, just stay with me.

- Dad?

- Just...

Come on, man. Don't be scared, mija.

Hey, that's enough.

Hold on.


You know what, we're not staying.

First thing Monday morning,

we're out of here.

- Jim.

- No, we're not staying here, all right?

I'm not having you

and the girls stay here.

I'll find something else.


I don't remember there being

a whole lot more options.

We'll move to Bakersfield.

All right? I'll commute.

We cannot afford Bakersfield.

Okay. Look at us.

We're living on a teacher's salary.

If you'd just...

If we had just stayed

somewhere longer, I don't know,

built up some tenure,

then it would be different.

I'm sorry.

Babe, you said it yourself.

This is the only job you could get.

- Yeah.

- Right?

And our girls, they start

that school on Monday.

We just gotta make it work.

We don't have a choice.


I'm so sorry.

Jamie, hon, you're gonna do it.

Come on, hon.

Please don't make me!

I know. I know it's hard.

Please don't make me!

I know it's hard,

but you gotta do it, okay?

Please, Julie, help me.


I'm here to meet with

Principal Camillo. I'm Jim.

Jim, the new life science guy.

And PE coach, and football.

That's right.

Maria Marsol. How was the drive in?

You like living in Bakersfield?

Bakersfield? No. We're...

We're here in McFarland.

Well, look at you.

A little help, please?

Certainly don't want a fire

in this place.

It could cost tens of dollars'

worth of damage, right?

This is your last chance, son.

Make the most of it.

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