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The Milagro Beanfield War [DVD]

Rubén Blades , Richard Bradford , Robert Redford    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gammon
  • Directors: Robert Redford
  • Writers: David S. Ward, John Nichols
  • Producers: Robert Redford, Charles Mulvehill, Gary Hendler, Moctesuma Esparza
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N53U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,091 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Robert Redford's underrated directorial follow-up to his Academy Award-winning Ordinary People, The Milagro Beanfield War is a loose and whimsical fable about community pride and social activism in the face of modern progress. Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman) plays a local mechanic in a small New Mexico town who takes up the challenge of rallying support for a local farmer who uses water owned by a real estate developer to grow beans in his field. Everything escalates to a showdown between the townspeople and the developers, with unexpected results. The strongest aspect of the film is the way it doesn't take itself too seriously, with Redford adopting a leisurely tone and allowing his fine cast (including Ruben Blades as the pragmatic town sheriff and Christopher Walken as a nasty state police officer) to deliver finely nuanced performances that touch on themes of faith and perseverance without seeming heavy-handed. The Milagro Beanfield War is an overlooked gem. --Robert Lane

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A Chicano handyman (Chick Vennera) in northern New Mexico inadvertently kicks down the sluice gate of a private water supply, which irrigates his father's dried-up field. Beans are planted and thrive but the developer next door (Richard Bradford) wants the water himself and has the State Governor on his side. The local community comes together to battle the politicos.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great little film :-) 9 Aug 2014
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Loosely based on a true story. The little guy against the big guys. A town ghost. A wonderfully batty old man. And Christopher Walken! He's the reason I bought this film to add to my CW collection but I truly did enjoy this film. I loved Walken's character as the troubleshooting lawman and his 'this posse couldn't find itself' line was classic. Don't know whether it was supposed to be funny or serious but it made me howl in places.
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i love this movie - it is funny and romantic and heartwarming with very good music, very good actors - a most wonderfull movie about a war and problems about a beanfield and a big landowner - and the paople of the village, including the towngoast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film indeed! 16 May 2013
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The film arrived timely and to budget. Excellent movie. Happy having spent the money to buy it: worth of it and more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ATMOSPHERIC MOVIE 20 April 2013
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A lovely simple story about nice people, having been in New Mexico recently, I like it more than ever. I believe this was loosely set on a true story and it's great to see the little guy win over the big guys!
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