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