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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 two-time co-star Paul Newman.
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After the movie was first released, the film's source novelist and co-screenwriter John Nichols, wrote an essay entitled "Night of the Living Beanfield: How an Unsuccessful Cult Novel Became an Unsuccessful Cult Film in Only Fourteen Years, Eleven Nervous Breakdowns, and $20 Million".
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Director Robert Redford's first film as a director in around eight years. Redford's previous directorial effort, his debut as a director, had been Ordinary People (1980), which had won 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Redford.
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The film was made and released about fourteen years after its source novel of the same name by John Nichols has been first published in 1974. Nichols also co-wrote the screenplay for this picture.
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"One of the first American films to fall into the Latin American tradition of Magical Realism" according to the Moria - Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review website.
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The word "milagro" comes from the Spanish language and translates into English as the word "miracle". In the movie, "Milagro" is a small town in New Mexico in the southwest of the USA.
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John Nichols' source novel "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1974) is the first book in his "New Mexico Trilogy" with the latter two parts being "The Magic Journey" (1978) and "The Nirvana Blues" (1981).
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The film screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988.
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The picture got Oscar nominated for one Academy Award in 1989 for its music score composed by Dave Grusin and won the statuette for the only Oscar category it had been nominated for.
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A soundtrack for the movie has never been released despite the fact that the film won the Academy Award for Best Music Score. Instead though, tracks from the film's score have been included on composer Dave Grusin's 1989 album entitled "Migration".
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Website 'Wikipedia' states that "according to an article by Patricia Rodriguez in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, [director] 'Robert Redford' was interested in filming part of the movie in the Plaza del Cerro of Chimayo, New Mexico, which is argued to be the last surviving fortified Spanish plaza in North America. Some locals responded favorably but many objected to the idea of big business changing the small community which forced Redford to film the movie in Truchas, New Mexico".
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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].
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The name of the newspaper in San Juan County, New Mexico, USA was "La Voz Del Norte".
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The names of the the Devines' family homestead and farming company each were "Devine's Dancing Trout Ranch" and the "Devine Land & Cattle Co." respectively.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Milagro, New Mexico. Population 426. Nothing had changed here for 300 years. But there's something about this day...".
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Director Robert Redford had previously co-starred about fifteen years earlier in The Sting (1973) which had been written by David S. Ward who co-wrote the screenplay for The Milagro Beanfield War (1988).
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The town of "Milagro" in New Mexico was fictional and did not actually exist in real life.
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Part of the later feature documentary The Milagro Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols (2012) covers the making of this movie.
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The population of of the New Mexican town of "Milagro" was 426.
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Actors John Heard and Christopher Walken previously had both appeared in Valley Forge (1975) around thirteen years earlier. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) is their second and final collaboration [to date, March 2015].
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M. Emmet Walsh: As The Governor.
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