I’m not going to lie. I’ve had a crush on Kevin Costner since I was in Jr High! Is it just me or is he not aging? Seriously though, I’m a huge fan of his acting and have seen just about every movie he’s ever made. He doesn’t seem to do as much as he used to so I really look forward to it when he comes out with something new.
I’ve always liked sports movies, especially the true stories! There’s just something so inspirational and moving about them.
Costner’s character Jim White is a coach of football but has had a string of bad luck with his teams and jobs. He winds up in the only place that will take him: McFarland High School. He has to relocate his family who isn’t exactly thrilled at their new environment. Not only do they have to adapt to a new home, school and town but a new culture as well.
He has drama with the coach there as well so his football coaching career doesn’t last long. Inspiration strikes when he sees a couple boys running and by running I mean running FAST!
He decides to start a Cross Country team and the results are magical. These boys who pick in the fields every morning before school and every afternoon after school to help their parents make a living have the endurance that it takes to run! Now all they need is the training from a coach who believes in them and cares about them.
It was so inspirational to watch these boys blossom before my eyes and see them develop into these young men who suddenly had more to look forward to than a life of just work. Because of this coach’s belief in them and pushing them, they all had futures they never knew were possible. They went to college and ran and almost all ended up in jobs helping others, even teaching and coaching back in their home town.
My favorite scene of the movie was the last where the real men were all running together along with McFarland’s new cross country team whom they regularly train with. McFarland USA an amazing story of courage, hope and showing the difference one person can make in the lives of others.
About the DVD
Discover Your Inner Champion
New on Disney Blu-ray® Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital HD
SYNOPSIS: In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.
CAST: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “Prisoners”), Carlos Pratts (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “Out of the Fire”), Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”).
DIRECTOR: Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”)
PRODUCERS: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2015
PRODUCT INFO: Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + Digital HD), Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand
BONUS FEATURES: “Juntos” Music Video by Juanes
Disney Movies Anywhere,
BONUS FEATURES: McFarland Reflections
“Juntos” Music Video by Juanes
Deleted and Extended Scenes
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