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Director: Robert Redford     Starring: Sonia Braga
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40709479
UPC: 025192054525
UPC 14: 00025192054525
Category Keywords: Justice  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
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Milagro, New Mexico. Population 426. Nothing has changed here for 300 years. But there's something about this day...
A poor new mexican dares to grow beans with a developer's deeded water. Directed by robert redford.

"Spirited, fanciful tale...a top ensemble cast...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
Nothing has changed in Milagro, New Mexico, for 300 years. Then, one day, Joe Mondragon kicks the off-limits community water pipe and begins to irrigate the cracked, dry ground that was once his father's beanfield. The developers of a new luxury recreation area--which is sure to force the natives away--are none too pleased by Joe's actions, and a culture clash ensues between Milagro's colorful, quirky residents and the authorities. The film is based on the novel by John Nichols.


Video Features DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/31/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 118 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20545
Video UPC UPC: 00025192054525
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Chick Vennera
Video Cast Info John Heard
Video Cast Info Ruben Blades
Video Cast Info Sonia Braga
Video Cast Info Charles Mulvehill - Producer
Video Cast Info Dave Grushin - Musical Score
Video Cast Info David S. Ward - Writer
Video Cast Info John Nichols - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Moctesuma Esparza - Producer
Video Cast Info Robbie Greenberg - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Robert Redford - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Redford - Producer
Plot Summary
Nothing ever changes in Milagro, New Mexico. Located in the desert, the sparsely populated town is slowly dying. Developer Ladd Devine (Richard Bradford) plans to change that with his plans to build a luxury recreation area that will make him money but will also displace the locals who have lived in Milagro for years. Upset that he is unable to find work with the developers, a frustrated Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera) kicks the community water line--which is off limits to locals--and inadvertently begins to irrigate the dry, parched land that was once his father's beanfield. Joe's actions create an uproar as the eccentric locals begin to band together to protect Joe's beanfield and to stand up for themselves. Ruby Archuleta (Sonia Braga), the town mechanic and a rabble rouser, seizes the opportunity to protest against the development, enlisting the help of Charlie Bloom (John Heard), a reluctant lawyer with a penchant for people's rights. Joe's beanfield becomes a symbol for the Milagro residents, who realize that no amount of money is worth losing their town and their history. Directed by Robert Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE HORSE WHISPERER), the film is based on the novel by John Nichols.


Oscar (1989)
Video Award Name Dave Grusin, Winner, Best Music, Original Score

Golden Globe (1989)
   Video Award Name Dave Grusin, Nominee, Best Original Score--Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

"...A charming, fanciful little fable built around weighty issues....All the performers are exceedingly pleasant, and result is an appealing [film]..." 03/09/1988

Los Angeles Times
"...THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR, part magical fable, part realistic comedy-drama, is a warmly intentioned, well-acted film full of a love of land and of people..." 03/18/1988 p.C1

Washington Post 8 of 10
...a warm and dusty fable... Redford and his crack cast of familiar gringos and less-familiar locals - Desson Howe

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
...there is a lot of love and joy in The Milagro Beanfield War. Braga's performance is especi - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Blades,Ruben
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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