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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
Carlos Riquelme ...
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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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Milagro  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,825,794 (USA)
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Actors Daniel Stern and John Heard both previously had appeared in C.H.U.D. (1984) and both later appeared Home Alone (1990), Red State Blues (2009) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) has been the second of five collaborations of the two actors [to date, March 2015]. See more »

Goofs

When Ladd Devine and his wife lie on their bed and he talks about the situation getting out of hand, Flossie is lying with her back to the pillows for two shots, then suddenly turned towards him in the next shot (and the remaining two of the scene). See more »

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Coyote Angel: I don't do things. I give advice.
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What a delightful experience....
15 March 1999 | by (Midland, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie has a wonderful fantasy tone to it. Unlike real life where we take what we get, in this film everything just seems to fall into place as "nature" intended it to. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could live in that world? A definite 10!!!


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