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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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Comedy | Fantasy | Drama

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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Milagro  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,825,794 (USA)
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Trivia

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 two-time co-star Paul Newman. See more »

Goofs

When the Miracle Valley welcome sign is shown burnt down, there is a strong disruption to the picture, probably from the camera being hit. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Bernabe Montoya: Does the name Custer ring a bell?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

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Así es Nuevo México (New Mexico is like that)
5 January 2004 | by (Carlsbad, NM) – See all my reviews

The movie is grand, reasonably true to the very complex (and very good) book and accurately captures the politics of New Mexico.

If you have ever lived in northern New Mexico, then you instantly recognize and understand what is going on. This work of fiction is more true than many will ever know.

General Lew Wallace, who wrote 'Ben Hur' while serving as the Territorial Governor of New Mexico (1878-1881) and trying to negotiate an end to the Lincoln County War of which Billy the Kid was the most well known participant, succintly described the situation: "All experience gained elsewhere, fails in New Mexico." That is still true today and is a core theme of the film.

Read the book, see the movie.


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