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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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...

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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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

Actors Daniel Stern and John Heard both previously had appeared in C.H.U.D. (1984) and both later appeared Home Alone (1990), Red State Blues (2009) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) has been the second of five collaborations of the two actors [to date, March 2015]. See more »

Goofs

As Amarante Cordova walks into the bar the bartender places an empty shot glass on the bar for him. The next shot shows Amarante from behind walking toward the bar and the bartender places the empty glass on the bar again. See more »

Quotes

Kyril Montana: This posse couldn't find itself!
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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A Quiet, Magical Masterpiece
5 February 2004 | by jpic99See all my reviews

Beautiful film from (then very fresh) director Robert Redford. This film depicts the epic struggle between good and evil with some very nice twists. Excellent roles that were handled well by Ruben Blades, Sonia Braga, James Gammon, and a host of many other great characters that were depicted quite well. Chris Walken presents to us the governmental enforcer to a sheer tee. Richard Bradford (joined by Melanie Griffith) also gives us the perfect "fat cat" & (his) band of bad guys that are trying to hoard an already conspicuous pipeline of water through a dry valley near the Mexican border when one of the (near povertied) residents of Milagro makes a grave, yet somehow worthy mistake. Milagro is a community inhabited by crazy townfolk, idealistic views, & even a familiar face (Freddy Fender) as town mayor. Get ready for ghosts, legends, and an inspiring story and cast that will keep you smiling, thinking, and loving this film for many years to come! *A grammy won that year for the haunting soundtrack was also quite well deserved.


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