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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

 -  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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Ladd Devine
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Ruby Archuleta
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Nancy Mondragon
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Flossie Devine
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Amarante Cordova
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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
Ronald G. Joseph ...
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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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$13,825,794 (USA)
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In a scene at one of the local Milagro stores where John Heard's lawyer character is dropping off his newspapers, a woman is shopping for Newman's Own salad dressing. The store owner tells her, that's no good, buy something else - an obvious in-joke in which director Robert Redford tweaks his longtime friend and frequent co-star Paul Newman. See more »

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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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Ruby Archuleta: What good is a hometown if everyone you know is gone?
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A good movie which was a surprise to me.
9 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie and bought the video tape at a yard sale. I'm not going to tell you what the movie is about, there are plenty of others doing that. Just allow me to tell you it is worth seeing. I almost turned it off in the beginning, but got busy with something, left it on, and then started getting interested and ended up stopping what I was doing and watched the whole thing. I thought it was going to be some simple minded movie, but don't go by first appearances with an old Mexican guy playing his music box and dancing around an old

  • near ghost town looking - Southwest town. When you find out later who


he is you understand. By starting out that way though, it was then more difficult to keep a person watching. I think Hollywood forgets that today, people watch movies on DVD and VHS and can turn them off quickly as it is too busy a world to waste time. I'm no fan of Robert Redford but have to hand it to him, he did a good job of directing. The only other thing he did that I liked was Jeremiah Johnson. The rest of the time he was either over acting or deluding himself that he knows better than the rest of us. In fact, he should have received an award from his buddies in Hollywood on this one. The acting was top notch too. Every person in the movie was very believable and made you care, except maybe Christopher Walken who was a little wooden in his part as the big, mean bad guy. Melanie Griffith was a little shallow but perhaps I am being unfair as that is the part she was playing - the shallow wife of the big shot money man. I am not familiar with the actresses who played the two top parts, but they were excellent and attractive besides. Joe, the fellow who grows the bean field did a good job as well as the old fellow who talks to Saints who was especially talented. Anyway, a two thumbs up from me which means it is worth watching and time well spent in enjoying a movie.


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