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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Drama  |  18 March 1988 (USA)
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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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Ladd Devine
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Ruby Archuleta
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Nancy Mondragon
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Flossie Devine
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Charlie Bloom
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Amarante Cordova
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Herbie Platt
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Joe Mondragon
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Mayor Sammy Cantu
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Nick Rael
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Emerson Capps
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Jerry G
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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...

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Comedy | Fantasy | Drama

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$13,825,794 (USA)
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John Nichols' source novel "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1974) is the first book in his "New Mexico Trilogy" with the latter two parts being "The Magic Journey" (1978) and "The Nirvana Blues" (1981). See more »

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At the end of the movie when Joe is handcuffed, Montana says "i hope there is no trouble for your sake", then you hear Bernie Montoya say "montana the key". This phrase is repeated a little later as Montana is walking away after being called back by the governor and Montana tosses the keys high in the air. See more »

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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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Captures Rural Northern New Mexico Culture
17 October 2004 | by (Albuquerque) – See all my reviews

I agree with "Dawg!" that someone who was not from NM might not get this movie.

I like the Fiddler On The Roof guy, the foothills scenery, my first introduction to Sonja Braga.

The movie does the best job I've ever seen of capturing the essence of small town Northern New Mexico culture - regular folks with regular problems addressing them the best they can. Every culture has its quirky way of addressing life, and this movie depicts this one pretty accurately.

I love it, except for one thing: no DVD.


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If you are from NM, you get it, if not, well... Dawg!
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