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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:
... Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
... Ladd Devine
... Ruby Archuleta (as Sonia Braga)
... Nancy Mondragon
... Horsethief Shorty
... Flossie Devine
... Charlie Bloom
... Amarante Cordova
... Herbie Platt
... Joe Mondragon
... Kyril Montana
... Mayor Sammy Cantu
... Nick Rael
... Emerson Capps
... 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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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,825,794
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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). 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 »

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Joe Mondragon: You beat Luis Armijo by two votes.
Sheriff Bernabe Montoya: That's because Domingo and Gusdorf were out of town.
Joe Mondragon: So, you would have won by four.
Sheriff Bernabe Montoya: Hell no man, those guys vote six, seven times apiece.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

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An endlessly charming story. Like wine, it gets better and better!!!
7 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie captured the aura of how something small can become something really big in a small town. Everyone in Milagro takes the audience along to battle for the beanfield! Somehow they are all so familiar that we already know these people when we sit down to watch. This movie gets better and better every time you watch it! Definitely a favorite. Thanks Mr. Redford you gave cinema a wonderful gift.


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