McFarland Soundtrack (

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Rating: 7.40/10 from 42000 votes
Tags: cross country running, enchilada
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McFarland, USA

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McFarland, USA

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City of McFarland


1987. Jim White, a high school teacher and football coach, has been fired from one job after another, as the desired end of getting people to do the right thing in his mind has not always justified his sometimes impetuous and spontaneous actions as the means. He, his wife Cheryl White, and their daughters, mid-teen Julie White and preteen Jamie White, have only lived in largely white homogeneous environments, so when Jim accepts the only job he can get as life sciences and phys ed teacher and assistant football coach at McFarland High School in Central California, they are somewhat ill-prepared mentally for the relatively poor conditions and the largely homogeneous Hispanic population in the town, most of their neighbors Mexican immigrants who work as pickers in the surrounding agricultural fields.

Within this situation, many of those in the next generation have little chance of getting out of this life, many turning to crime as a means to survive. Regardless, the Whites decide to live in McFarland instead of Jim making the commute from nearby Bakersfield, where most of the school's Caucasian teachers live. While the school's football team is as bad as most that he has coached, the one thing he does notice is that out of necessity many of the boys have the stamina to run long distances quickly.

Beyond not respecting Mr. White who they mockingly call Blanco or Homey, the boys see running cross country, a team which Jim wants to establish at McFarland despite he having no history coaching runners, as an activity of the country club set. Jim does whatever he can to get the key boys in any way he can to be the core of the needed seven member team. For them to gel as coach and team members, they will have to understand the other better and fully embrace the opportunities.

As the boys manage to reach one goal after another on the march to the state championships, their newfound support as a collective may be threatened by the realities of McFarland and Jim catching the attention of other, more prestigious schools in predominantly white, upper middle class communities.

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War Is Coming! War Is Coming!
Papa Dee Allen: Writer
War: Performer
Make It Rain
Carlton J. Smith: Writer
Carlton J. Smith: Performer
Impala Creeper
Raney Shockne: Writer
Raney Shockne: Performer
In My '64
Stand Up
Cameron Graves: Writer
Carl Graves: Performer
Vato Loco
Happy Sanchez: Writer
Latin Soul Syndicate: Performer
Give It Up
Kubla Kahn: Performer
Watermelon Man
Herbie Hancock: Writer
Mongo Santamaria: Performer
Flash Light
Parliament: Performer
Bootsy Collins: Writer
Me and Baby Brother
Papa Dee Allen: Writer
War: Performer
Ahora Te Puedes Marchar
Mike Hawker: Writer
Whittier Blvd.
The Midniters: Performer
Las Mañanitas
El Gavilan
El Vals De Las Mariposas
The Star Spangled Banner
In My '64
Chuck Prophet: Performer
Scott Gerow: Performer

User reviews

Lisa Wilson

The use of music to highlight the characters' internal struggles and external challenges adds a layer of complexity to the narrative, making it more engaging and relatable.

Betty Baker

The soundtrack of McFarland truly captures the essence of the story and the emotions of the characters, enhancing the viewing experience with its powerful and inspirational music.

Amanda Phillips

The musical score resonates with the cultural background of the film, seamlessly blending traditional Hispanic sounds with modern elements to create a unique and captivating sound that perfectly complements the narrative. Each track evokes a sense of determination and hope, making it an essential component of the film's success.

Nancy Rodriguez

The music captures the essence of the struggle and determination of the characters, adding depth and resonance to their journey.

Richard Wright

The soundtrack of McFarland is a powerful and emotional complement to the story, enhancing the film's themes and moments.

Carol Lewis

The emotional ballads in the soundtrack evoke a sense of vulnerability and resilience in the face of adversity, adding depth to the storytelling.

Steven Lee

The fusion of different musical styles in the soundtrack reflects the diversity and unity of the characters in the film, creating a rich tapestry of sounds.

Donna Turner

The soundtrack of McFarland failed to capture the emotional depth and cultural richness of the story. The music felt generic and uninspired, lacking the authentic Mexican influences that could have enhanced the storytelling.

Richard Green

The soundtrack of McFarland is a heartfelt and inspiring collection of music that perfectly complements the emotional journey of the characters.

Thomas Brown

The uplifting and energetic tracks in the soundtrack capture the spirit of perseverance and determination that drives the characters to overcome obstacles.

Robert Campbell

The blend of traditional Hispanic music with modern beats creates a unique and immersive listening experience, transporting the audience to the heart of McFarland.

Deborah Miller

Each track is carefully selected to evoke a range of emotions, from hope and triumph to heartbreak and resilience, making the soundtrack a standout feature of the film.

Matthew Davis

The use of traditional Hispanic music in the soundtrack adds an authentic and cultural dimension to the film, enhancing the sense of place and community.

Linda Clark

Additionally, the use of repetitive and predictable musical motifs became tiresome throughout the film, failing to create a dynamic and engaging auditory experience. The soundtrack did not effectively elevate key moments or evoke a strong emotional connection with the characters and their struggles.

Laura Mitchell

The soundtrack effectively underscores the themes of family, friendship, and the pursuit of dreams, enhancing the emotional impact of key moments in the story.

William King

Overall, the soundtrack of McFarland is a powerful and evocative musical accompaniment that enhances the viewing experience and leaves a lasting impression.