The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

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Critic Consensus: Arguably Robert Redford's most inchoate work, The Milagro Beanfield War has plenty of beautiful moments, but they don't quite add up to a worthwhile whole.


Movie Info

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, … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David S. Ward, Frank Pierson, John Nichols, Robert Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2005
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast


as Joe Mondragon

as Ladd Devine

as Amarante Cordova

as Ruby Archuleta

as Nancy Mondragon

as Horse Thief Shorty

as Flossie Devine

as Charlie Bloom

as Herbie Platt

as Kyril Montana

as Mayor Sammy Cantu

as Nick Rael

as Emerson Capps

as Coyote Angel

as Devine's Friend

as The Governor

as Devine's Friend

as Governor's Office St...

as Senile Brigade

as Senile Brigade

as Governor's Office St...

as Senile Brigade

as Senile Brigade

as Senile Brigade

as Milagro Townsperson

as Milagro Townsperson

as Milagro Townsperson

as Milagro Townsperson

as Milagro Townsperson

as Milagro Townsperson

as Devine's Friend

as Devine's Friend

as Devine's Friend

as Devine's Friend

as Governor's Office St...

as Governor's Office St...

as Dancing Angel

as Governor's Office St...

as Governor's Office St...

as Sheriff Bernabe Mont...
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Critic Reviews for The Milagro Beanfield War

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

Redford and company have put a quirky twist on the material, investing it with a quasi-mystical aspect as well as some raw comedy.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Fairly choked with good intentions, whimsy, touches of fantasy, and cardboard liberal stereotypes.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Redford's film sustains a slow mood of simpatico amiability and photographs the landscape with moony or golden washes that are perhaps hard to dislike, but is slain by its adherence to an outdated populist mythology.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is very big on sunsets and sunrises. It also has a touristy appreciation for all manner of things folkloric. What it doesn't have is dramatic coherence or backbone.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If Redford had left out a few of the waffling, undecided characters and drawn his dramatic lines more strongly, the film might have been a lot more powerful.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Corny, you bet. But that's to be admired in an old war horse on the last frontier.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Milagro Beanfield War

½

Preachy but well acted. Redford at times is more concentrated on the message rather than allowing the film to put that forward naturally.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Great movie by Robert Redford, Sonia Braga is phenomenal!

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

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