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Jim White did not create 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 the boys' and girls' teams to the California coast beach at Cayucos during the 1985 (not 1987) season.
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Colombian music superstar Juanes was approached to write the theme song for the film. "Juntos/Together" was performed at the The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015), the first Latin song in ten years to be given the privilege.
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McFarland is located in north Kern County, seven miles south of Delano, California where two Olympic medalists world record holders attended high school.
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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.
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The misspelling of "Cougers" on the hats was explained. Coach White notices it and one of the runners (Thomas) says not to point it out because "the parents have fundraised, along with the athletes, and are so proud of the new uniforms."
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The film is based on the actual 1987 McFarland High School cross country team and their real-life coach Jim White.
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Jim White and his wife Cheryl have three daughters, not two. The oldest daughter, Tami, does not appear in the film. Julie and Jami are also portrayed slightly 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).
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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.
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Not all of the runners from the 1987 team were 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. Diaz, however, had graduated the year before McFarland's first state title win.
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Principal photography took place in Camarillo, California and many of McFarland's residents were extras in the movie.
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On Canadian TV, the movie title was shown as simply "McFarland," dropping the "USA" that follows.
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The film was released a year after its book.
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Jim White retired in 2003 after twenty-three years of coaching.
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Kevin Costner attended a year at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, California, forty miles north of McFarland.
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From 1980 to 2003, Jim White's teams won nine state championships in Divisions III and IV, as well as numerous lesser titles.
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"Lo n Slo," used in the movie, is Ramon's license plate from the Lightning McQueen "Cars" cartoons.
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All promotional materials in Canada, including posters and TV spots, removed "USA" from the title of the film, referring to it simply as "McFarland."
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The movie is based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a mainly Latino high school in McFarland, California.
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After the Clovis High School Cross Country coach makes some rude comments about the McFarland runners, you can barely hear Kevin Costner's voice say, "It's a true story." This was apparently in reference to the comments made by the Clovis coach. The statement can be heard immediately after the Clovis coach calls out his runners' time.
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There are two other towns named "McFarland" in the United States. One is in southern Wisconsin and another is in northeastern Kansas.
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During the California state competition, the runners passed through the Griffith Observatory in California. This was also the place where Arnold Schwarzenegger's character arrives in The Terminator (1984) and in Terminator Genisys (2015).
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