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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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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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M. Emmet Walsh: As The Governor. See more »

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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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Ruby Archuleta: What good is a hometown if everyone you know is gone?
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Referenced in Na plovárne: Robert Redford (2005) See more »

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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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