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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 »



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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


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

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


Comedy | Fantasy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Milagro  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$13,825,794 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A soundtrack for the movie has never been released despite the fact that the film won the Academy Award for Best Music Score. Instead though, tracks from the film's score have been included on composer Dave Grusin's 1989 album entitled "Migration". See more »


During the scene at the Forest Service station, Jerry G pulls out his service revolver to prevent Joe from taking his cow. The gun is pointed directly at the camera and one can see that the chambers are empty. When Sheriff Montoya intervenes, the revolver is fully loaded. See more »


Herbie Platt: What is it?
Amarante Cordova: Lizard tail tea.
Herbie Platt: Probably been in the family for generations I bet.
Amarante Cordova: No, I found it on the highway this morning
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The DVD is out-enjoy!!!!!
4 June 2005 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

The other reviews detail the opinions of others and the plot outline, so I won't duplicate their efforts. The movie has always been one of my favorites since I first saw it in the theatres and the dearth of a DVD version has saddened me for many years. With the release of a DVD, the wait is now over. I have owned, and wore out, several VHS copies of the movie, and they all had a kind of "fog" surrounding the video presentation. I could never figure that out. On the other hand, the DVD producers have managed to make the DVD version with a crystal-clear video presentation and very acceptable audio presentation. In addition, the Dave Grusin soundtrack is superbly reproduced. Thanks to those who took the time to let "our" wishes for a DVD become known to the studio, and special thanks to the producers who took some extra time to give this film it's due.

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