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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

An accidental breakdown of a valve on the irrigation ditch launches a hot confrontation between local farmers and corrupt authorities.

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 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:

The Milagro Beanfield War See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,271, 20 March 1988

Gross USA:

$13,825,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,825,794
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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". See more »

Goofs

When Ruby is talking to the lawyer at the water gate, the position of her hand changes. See more »

Quotes

Kyril Montana: This posse couldn't find itself!
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Charming whimsical movie
26 June 2001 | by arielviewSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, and had never heard of it before I watched it for a class. I was amazed that I hadn't, given the number of stars in it. Christopher Walken, John Heard and Melanie Griffith before they were big names. What I loved most about the film though, was its ambiguity about the extent of "true" magic in the New Mexican town of Milagro. The very fact that the town is named Milagro, Spanish for miracle, suggests a magical quality about the town. Many things happen that could be explained rationally, but are not clarified or suggest the supernatural. When the water from the local river owned by Devine's Miracle Valley site accidentally flows into the Mondragon bean field, ghosts are at work. When Amarante, the oldest man in the village is talking to saints and angels, other people see a senile old man and never imagine that he truly could be talking to ghosts apparent to his eyes only. When crosses mentioning "El Brazo Onofre," the thieving trickster of local lore, Devine and his men assume that its the work of dissenting townspeople, though no one ever admits to the crime or is implicated in any way. These ordinary forms of magic show a charmingly realistic depiction of the supernatural. Even the music, beautifully scored by the talented Dave Gruisin suggests a mysterious air. The music sounds like carnival music, alternating from major to minor keys suddenly and ethereally, just as the elements of nature and reality contort to suit the needs of the "miracle town."


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