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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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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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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,825,794 (USA)
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Actors John Heard and Christopher Walken previously had both appeared in Valley Forge (1975) around thirteen years earlier. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) is their second and final collaboration [to date, March 2015]. See more »

Goofs

When Armarante is in the bar in the morning, he is served a shot of whiskey. He drinks it and says, "I'm not saying it's good. I'm not saying it's bad." In the next shot, his shot glass is full again and he drinks the whiskey again. It was not refilled by the bar tender. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

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One of the best. Underrated and unappreciated.
22 October 2005 | by (Waynesville, NC USA) – See all my reviews

I lived in Santa Fe, NM for 20 years which is only about 20 miles from Truchas, NM where TMBW was filmed. This movie was right on the money in its portrayal of Northern New Mexico, both in its culture and in its politics. The movie itself is one of the most sublime films I've ever seen in the true sense of the word. It has grandeur of thought, emotion and spirit. It has been bashed in this comment area by those raised on Star Wars, Predator, and the Matrix. To enjoy a movie like TMBW, you have to have a sense of awe, wonder and joy...and a good sense of humor. If you don't, you may get bored. If you do, then you'll find two hours well spent. I obviously love this movie. The music alone will transport you to a pleasant part of your mind, and the absolutely gorgeous New Mexico scenery will make you want to go there to see if it's really real. Try it, you'll like it.


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