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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors John Heard and Christopher Walken previously had both appeared in Valley Forge (1975) around thirteen years earlier. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) is their second and final collaboration [to date, March 2015]. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nancy Mondragon: I'll hit you so hard they'll arrest you in El Paso for speeding.
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Captures Rural Northern New Mexico Culture
17 October 2004 | by justplainmeSee all my reviews

I agree with "Dawg!" that someone who was not from NM might not get this movie.

I like the Fiddler On The Roof guy, the foothills scenery, my first introduction to Sonja Braga.

The movie does the best job I've ever seen of capturing the essence of small town Northern New Mexico culture - regular folks with regular problems addressing them the best they can. Every culture has its quirky way of addressing life, and this movie depicts this one pretty accurately.

I love it, except for one thing: no DVD.


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