We love the movies that are based on true stories and this is one of them. It’s about the underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles, we loved watching this movie. The original players all went on to college, breaking their families’ pattern of dropping out of school and staying in manual labor poverty. They still assemble in McFarland with each other and help out teenage runners there, with former coach White! That postscript at the end credits was as neat as the movie!
This moving family drama, based on actual events, tells the story of a high school teacher who comes to work in a rural, Hispanic community. His cross-country team, made up of poor boys who work in the fields before and after school, gradually starts winning and changing lives.
You will be rooting on the team and hoping that this group of students are able to achieve all of their dreams! The power of this film is in the relationships that it portrays. Relationships between the Coach and players, players to players and of the Coach and players to the larger community too! This is the story of seven Chicano high-school boys growing up in the Central Valley area of California who are encouraged by the new assistant football coach to form a cross-country track team and win the State championship.
Some of this movie will have you crying where others will have you cheering away, amazing movie how they all came together and the committie to stick together and root for these kids.
The struggles of the coach and his effort to create a team were well done. The workouts depicted pretty much give people an idea what the typical teen athlete is required to do. Running long miles, running fast workouts and running hills is what it takes. Tremendous amount of discipline is required of the student-athlete with good coaches focusing on the “student” first.
This touching tale displaying the power of family, commitment and work ethic that transforms a cross-county team into champions. All in all we will be watching this movie again. Inspires you to want to give back and help others.
You can buy this movie on Amazon.