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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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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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Release Date:

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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The name of the newspaper in San Juan County, New Mexico, USA was "La Voz Del Norte". 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 »


Kyril Montana: This posse couldn't find itself!
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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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A thoroughly delightful movie with Oscar winning music!
30 September 2004 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I watch this movie on VHS every few months just to renew the good feeling it gives me and expect that I'll wear the tape out eventually.

The score won an Oscar for Dave Grusin, yet there is no soundtrack available, which is a real shame. Angel Romero did some great guitar work on this film, and the Milagro Suite is a wonderful piece of music.

The story is funny and poignant, and the movie deserves to be better known than it is, as Robert Redford's direction has produced a film story that is much better than the book. There should be a DVD release of this film.

Highly recommended.

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