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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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...


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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Milagro  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$13,825,794 (USA)

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Director Robert Redford had previously co-starred about fifteen years earlier in The Sting (1973) which had been written by David S. Ward who co-wrote the screenplay for The Milagro Beanfield War (1988). 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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Great movie!
1 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Milagro Bean Field War is a truly great film, one of the must see list. Terrific casting and well filmed. It may have been neglected by viewers and critics because it is about a class of people and time and place we often do not take seriously, but it is a sincere and genuine story, well told. The use of the ghost and the pig as foils are delightful, and it is remarkable what a good movie can be like without gratuitous violence, nudity or foul language. However, it should not be assumed that is intended to say this is a bland movie, far from it. It is tasty and spiced well with action, language, and phrasing, not to mention filming. And it is funny, good fun all around. Enjoy!

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