6.9/10
5,116
56 user 10 critic

The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ladd Devine
...
Ruby Archuleta
...
Nancy Mondragon
...
...
Flossie Devine
...
Charlie Bloom
Carlos Riquelme ...
Amarante Cordova
...
Herbie Platt
...
Joe Mondragon
...
...
Mayor Sammy Cantu
...
Nick Rael
...
Emerson Capps
...
Jerry G
Edit

Storyline

In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich like Devine. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before the lucrative development is cancelled, a small war threatens to erupt. Written by Reid Gagle

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Milagro, New Mexico. Population 426. Nothing had changed here for 300 years. But there's something about this day...

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Milagro  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,825,794 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The picture got Oscar nominated for one Academy Award in 1989 for its music score composed by Dave Grusin and won the statuette for the only Oscar category it had been nominated for. See more »

Goofs

When the Miracle Valley welcome sign is shown burnt down, there is a strong disruption to the picture, probably from the camera being hit. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Mondragon: I'll hit you so hard they'll arrest you in El Paso for speeding.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A thoroughly delightful movie with Oscar winning music!
30 September 2004 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I watch this movie on VHS every few months just to renew the good feeling it gives me and expect that I'll wear the tape out eventually.

The score won an Oscar for Dave Grusin, yet there is no soundtrack available, which is a real shame. Angel Romero did some great guitar work on this film, and the Milagro Suite is a wonderful piece of music.

The story is funny and poignant, and the movie deserves to be better known than it is, as Robert Redford's direction has produced a film story that is much better than the book. There should be a DVD release of this film.

Highly recommended.


23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If you are from NM, you get it, if not, well... Dawg!
Rated R? sosale
Why isn't it on DVD yet? habekijo
Novel written by a non- Local jssnide
An absolutely wonderful film SerenityGirl88
I'll hit you so hard they'll arrest you in El Paso for speeding baidoasomalia
Discuss The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?