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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

In the tiny town of Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, shady developer Ladd Devine has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Redford

Writers:

John Nichols (novel), John Nichols (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rubén Blades ... Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
Richard Bradford ... Ladd Devine
Sônia Braga ... Ruby Archuleta (as Sonia Braga)
Julie Carmen ... Nancy Mondragon
James Gammon ... Horsethief Shorty
Melanie Griffith ... Flossie Devine
John Heard ... Charlie Bloom
Carlos Riquelme ... Amarante Cordova
Daniel Stern ... Herbie Platt
Chick Vennera ... Joe Mondragon
Christopher Walken ... Kyril Montana
Freddy Fender ... Mayor Sammy Cantu
Tony Genaro ... Nick Rael
Jerry Hardin ... Emerson Capps
Ronald G. Joseph ... Jerry G
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Storyline

In the tiny town of Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, shady developer Ladd Devine has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water from the neighboring crop-fields. When handyman and farmer Joe Mondragon accidentally breaks a water valve reserved for major companies, he inadvertently sets off a small-scale water-rights war between the farmers and the developers. Written by Jwelch5742

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Milagro, New Mexico. Population 426. Nothing had changed here for 300 years. But there's something about this day...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Milagro See more »

Filming Locations:

Espanola, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,825,794
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

During the meeting at the mayor's the position of Jerry's hands changes. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Mondragon: Why is it every time we're mad at one of them, we end up hurting one of us?
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Así es Nuevo México (New Mexico is like that)
5 January 2004 | by castolonSee 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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