Milagro Beanfield

Directed By: Robert Redford Starring: Sonia Braga

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A poor new mexican dares to grow beans with a developer's deeded water. Directed by robert redford.


Studio Universal
SKU 40709479
UPC 025192054525
UPC 14 00025192054525
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2005
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Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Variety "...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
Robert Redford
Sonia Braga
Cast & Crew
Charles Mulvehill - Producer
Chick Vennera - Actor
Dave Grushin - Musical Score
David S. Ward - Writer
John Heard - Actor
John Nichols - Based On Novel By
Moctesuma Esparza - Producer
Robbie Greenberg - Director of Photography
Robert Redford - Director
Robert Redford - Producer
Ruben Blades - Actor
Sonia Braga - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 20545
UPC 00025192054525
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1989) Dave Grusin, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Golden Globe (1989) Dave Grusin, Nominee, Best Original Score--Motion Picture
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review ...a warm and dusty fable... Redford and his crack cast of familiar gringos and less-familiar locals
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...there is a lot of love and joy in The Milagro Beanfield War. Braga's performance is especi
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Blades,Ruben
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Spirited, fanciful tale...a top ensemble cast...

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