The Milagro Beanfield War

"Excellent"

The Milagro Beanfield War Review


Who'd of thought that a battle over water rights would make for such an interesting tale? This small movie, Robert Redford's second directorial endeavor after Ordinary People, is surprisingly watchable and gripping, despite a terrible title and a setup that would have mainstream audiences running for the exits. In a tiny New Mexico town, a huge resort development is getting underway, and the locals are getting trampled underfoot. But not Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera, the spitting image of Bruno Kirby), who diverts water from the resort project onto his small bean field. Naturally, the titular war develops: Corporate America vs. the little guy -- with the media thrown in for a kick. Surprisingly lively stuff, full of local character, fun performances, and a plot that builds up steam faster than you'd think. It's Jean de Florette, Western style, and the kind of movie John Sayles wishes he could make.


The Milagro Beanfield War

Facts and Figures

Run time: 117 mins

In Theaters: Friday 18th March 1988

Distributed by: MCA Universal Home Video

Production compaines: Universal Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Fresh: 16 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

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Director:

Starring: as Sheriff Bernabe Montoya, as Ruby Archuleta, as Horsethief Shorty, as Flossie Devine, as Charlie Bloom, as Kyril Montana, as Herbie Platt

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