The Milagro Beanfield War

The Milagro Beanfield War

Ruben Blades
Director: Robert Redford Cast: Ruben Blades
Ruben Blades
, Richard Bradford
Richard Bradford
, Sonia Braga
Sonia Braga
Robert Redford

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It's advisable to know from the beginning of The Milagro Beanfield War that "milagro" is the Spanish word for "miracle." The scene is a rundown Hispanic community in New Mexico, bordering a posh housing development. In full control of the local water rights, the powers-that-be are secure in the belief that they'll be able to expand their development without resistance from the locals. No one can foresee that impoverished farmer Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera), during a burst of frustrated rage, will accidentally open a heretofore hidden sluice, thereby providing free water for his bean field. At first, the locals are against Mondragon's "insurrection," reasoning that the new housing development will provide jobs. But with the help of Charlie Bloom (John Heard), a burned-out '60s activist who now runs the community newspaper, Mondragon becomes the hero of the hour, the spiritual leader of an ever-growing "no development" movement. The evil land developers send their minions to intimidate or coerce Mondragon; each time, however, he is seemingly protected from harm by divine intervention. When Mondragon is forced to shoot a trespasser on his land, it looks as though his luck has run out. Chased into the hills by private detective Kyril Montana (Christopher Walken), Mondragon is once more rescued in the nick of time by what appears to be a miracle. And there are more wonders to behold before fade-out time! Whimsical, yes, but thanks to its hand-picked ensemble cast (including Sonia Braga, Rubén Blades, James Gammon, Daniel Stern, Freddy Fender, M. Emmet Walsh, and Melanie Griffith) the film remains totally credible throughout. Adapted by John Nichols and David Ward from Nichols' own novel, The Milagro Beanfield War may be the most likeable "liberal-tract" film of the 1980s. Robert Redford's appropriately Capraesque direction is matched by Dave Grusin's vibrant Oscar-winning musical score.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2005
UPC: 0025192054525
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 14,515

Special Features

Closed Caption; Robert Redford: Memories of Milagro

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rubén Blades Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
Richard Bradford Ladd Devine
Sonia Braga Ruby Archuleta
Julie Carmen Nancy Mondragon
James Gammon Horse Thief Shorty
John Heard Charlie Bloom
Chick Vennera Joe Mondragon
Melanie Griffith Flossie Devine
Carlos Riquelme Amarante Cordova
Daniel Stern Herbie Platt
Christopher Walken Kyril Montana
Freddy Fender Mayor Sammy Cantu
Robert Carricart Coyote Angel
M. Emmet Walsh The Governor
Tony Genaro Nick Rael
Jerry Hardin Emerson Capps
China Bell Devine's Friend
Juanita Nicholas Devine's Friend
Gene Ornales Governor's Office Staff
Frederico Roberto Senile Brigade
Pablo Trujillo Senile Brigade
Lynda Witz Governor's Office Staff
Ronald G. Joseph Jerry G
Mario Arrambide Carl
Alberto Morin Senile Brigade
Natividad Vacio Senile Brigade
Eloy Vigil Senile Brigade
Trinidad Silva Milagro Townsperson
Mike Gomez Milagro Townsperson
Olga Merediz Milagro Townsperson
Rudy Fernandez Milagro Townsperson
Fredrick Lopez Milagro Townsperson
Jimmy Martinez Milagro Townsperson
Eric Treisman Devine's Friend
Nat Shipman Devine's Friend
Margo Cutler Devine's Friend
Patricio Chavez Devine's Friend
Basil Hoffman Governor's Office Staff
Sam Vlahos Governor's Office Staff
Tom Connor Dancing Angel
Philip L. Mead Governor's Office Staff
Ronald C. Frazier Governor's Office Staff

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director,Co-producer
Dede Allen Editor
Joe Aubel Art Director,Production Designer
Moctesuma Esparza Co-producer
Nancy Foy Casting
Stanley Frazen Editor
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Gary Hendler Executive Producer
Tom Hoerber Makeup
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Jim Miller Editor
James M. Miller Editor
Charles B. Mulvehill Co-producer
John Nichols Screenwriter
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Jones Screenwriter
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
David S. Ward Screenwriter
Tom Ward Special Effects
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
David Wisnievitz Production Manager

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [4:02]
2. Windmills on the Horizon [8:17]
3. Irritable Irrigation [10:31]
4. Joe's Beanfield [7:46]
5. The Boogeyman [7:50]
6. Professional Agitator [4:11]
7. Milagro Miracle [2:55]
8. Talk of the Town [6:14]
9. The Patron Saint [9:26]
10. Cow Rustling [:49]
11. Pancho Villa [5:44]
12. Taking the Job [7:24]
13. Spoiled Harvest [6:20]
14. Western Justice [6:06]
15. The Lone Ranger [6:52]
16. Picking Beans [9:14]
17. Arrested Development [6:30]
18. End Titles [4:05]

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The Milagro Beanfield War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sihaya More than 1 year ago
Not certain that I can judge this one critically because it is a film that just hits all the right keys with me. There are actually five main story lines throughout the film. This could be confusing but the script and the direction keep this film from devolving into incomprehensibility. What carries the story are the characters - they are rich and believable and true to themselves throughout. One of the best things this film does is to show us what incredible complexity and diverse experience there is in the lives of very ordinary people. There are no princes or wandering heores with endless financial support from some unknown source as the focus of this story. These are people who are dealing with daily issues that range from how to pay the bills without enough money to mystical issues such as what our relationship with each other and the world should look like. It is a soaring and inspirational film and the cast is incredible, including a rather charming pig who wants to eat everything she comes across. In the end, it does indeed discuss what the nature of the miraculous is in our daily lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has to be the sleeper movie of all time! bought the 1st tape reduced/used at a video store in ca. Now live in new mexico and have the dvd. Have watched it 50 times?? still love it and so does my wife. Great flick!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched this move at least 10 times since it came out and it always leaves you feeling good. A classic movie about good and bad , the bad being the rich white developers tring to impose their will on the poor Hispanic community. While many are decieved by the money a few are determined to fight for what is right and to keep their heritage, which to all hispanics is very important. If you have never seen it you've missed a classic.