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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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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,825,794
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The film screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988. See more »

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When Ladd Devine and his wife lie on their bed and he talks about the situation getting out of hand, Flossie is lying with her back to the pillows for two shots, then suddenly turned towards him in the next shot (and the remaining two of the scene). See more »

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Ruby Archuleta: What good is a hometown if everyone you know is gone?
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A thoroughly delightful movie with Oscar winning music!
30 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watch this movie on VHS every few months just to renew the good feeling it gives me and expect that I'll wear the tape out eventually.

The score won an Oscar for Dave Grusin, yet there is no soundtrack available, which is a real shame. Angel Romero did some great guitar work on this film, and the Milagro Suite is a wonderful piece of music.

The story is funny and poignant, and the movie deserves to be better known than it is, as Robert Redford's direction has produced a film story that is much better than the book. There should be a DVD release of this film.

Highly recommended.


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