The Milagro Beanfield War

The Milagro Beanfield War

DVD - 2005
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A small Mexican village threatened by development and how a single act of rebellion rekindles its pride and strength of spirit.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780783286648
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD MIL


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This 1988 film is based on the (excellent) 1974 novel by John Nichols - in a small New Mexican town threatened by development a single act of rebellion sets off an amazing series of events. Directed by Robert Redford, the movie features quirky, lovable, smart characters; great acting; and specta... Read More »

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Aug 12, 2020

I saw this movie decades ago and I'm sorry I waited so long to see it again.

Mar 02, 2017

A charming little movie with wonderful characters and a heart warming story with a few miracles thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was surprised that is was so sweet after reading a description on IMDB.

Beautiful scenery, good acting, community spirit, hope, determination and maybe some magic!

A few too many guns and shooting for my taste - I wonder - was all of that necessary to tell the story?

This movie came out in 1988 and is rated R.

akryeguy Jun 17, 2014

The movie was only a whiff of pipe smoke to the book's full pouch of tobacco. Growing up near the region and seeing the similar sights and environs warmed my heart with belonging. Although the actors were a nice pastiche of latino talent I imagine it could be re-done with scenes that I would've included from the book, like Amarante's Last Christmasses and his surviving them, and the way his wife disappeared over the Rio Grande Gorge in the quiet heavy snowfall. I had no complaint over Ruben Blades' more Puerto Rican accent, nor Sonya Bragha's Brazilian one. I don't know what people expect when they watch movies that follow what they are fed as great novels. John Nichols call this book somewhat of an Albatross around his neck for what is expected of it. It's not a Marx Brother's Movie. It's a crazy, awful kind of humor, borne out of the implausible. The little people never win such battles over environmental injustices and the rich are never portrayed as "real" people as villians in that. Horsethief Shorty could have been touched upon better.

Dec 16, 2012

When I picked the DVD my wife said "Robert Redford cannot make a comedy".
She was absolutely right.
It is so boring, I could not finish watching it.

May 23, 2012

have to watch this one every few it!

jlazcan Oct 15, 2011

This is a great quirky little story that I found very entertaining. It goes off the rails a bit at a few points, but it is brought back quickly. The story is original, but the premise of small town poor against big town rich is well worn. There are a great cast of characters and Redford did a great job directing.


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Mar 02, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the gun shooting would be scary and not appropriate for young children.

Mar 02, 2017

Violence: guns and the shooting of guns at people and animals


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Mar 18, 2012

A small Mexican village threatened by development and how a single act of rebellion rekindles its pride and strength of spirit.
Ruben Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gammon, Christopher Walken, Melanie Griffith.


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