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McFarland, USA Movie Quotes

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Behold! The best McFarland, USA quotes from a movie about the true story of the 1987 McFarland High School cross country team. The sports drama was written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson. Directed by Niki Caro, McFarland, USA opened in theaters on February 20, 2015.

In McFarland, USA, Jim White (Kevin Costner) takes a job as the physical education teacher at a predominantly Latino high school in McFarland, California. While he struggles with racial barriers which prevent him from truly connecting with the students, he does notice that they have a remarkable work ethic, going from school to working in the fields to running home, and an astounding athletic ability to run, which gives him an idea.

Coach White starts the school's first cross country running team and trains them for the state championship. While they have no experience and little funding, especially in comparison to nearby affluent schools, they do have the drive and the motivation to work hard for their goals, which might be better than winning all together.

Below are some of the best lines from the movie co-starring Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor and Carlos Pratts and opened alongside other February 2015 movies such as Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    I'd Like to Ask Your Father Something

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    Jim White: "Can I give you a hand with those tubs. I'm saying, can I help you out?"
    Señor Diaz: "No, gracias"
    Jim White: "David, I'd like you to ask your father something for me."
    David: "Yeah"
    Jim White: "You know what, just tell him, just tell him it was an honor to be invited into his home."
    David: "Dad, he said it was an honor to be invited into your home."
    Señor Diaz: "Tell him I say thanks."
    Jim White: "I'm sorry, I thought you..."
    Señor Diaz: "I get by."
    Jim White: "Thank you for your hospitality."

    Coach White mistakenly thinks that Señor Diaz doesn't speak English and asks David to translate. David does just that.
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  • 6

    Run a Lap

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    Jim White: "I'm Coach White, the new PE teacher. Diaz... Diaz... Diaz... Popular name where you guys come from?"
    Victor Puentes: "White, that a popular name where you come from?"
    Jim White: "All right, run a lap. Go!"

    Coach White tries to make a joke during his first day of class, a joke that is handed right back to him. This exercise, however, allows him to see that these students have an athletic ability to run, one he might be able to put to use.
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    Running's the Best Thing You Got

    Jim White: "I'm guessing running's the best thing you got. Me too."

    In speaking to Brandon, Coach White levels with the boy in that they both have little other in their lives aside from running. This bond only strengthens their team that much more.
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    Welcome to McFarland

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    Lupe: "Welcome to McFarland. This is a farming town. These kids working here are invisible. They come from the fields and they go back to the fields. These are good kids, smart kids. They just need a chance at a better future. Mr. White, if we're going to reach them, now is the time."

    Jim White is introduced to the school at which he will be teaching by a fellow educator. She explains how these students may be a little different than those he's taught before but they are not without merit or potential.
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