The Milagro Beanfield War
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The Milagro Beanfield War
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Redford and company have put a quirky twist on the material, investing it with a quasi-mystical aspect as well as some raw comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This is probably Redford's most complex and cleverly structured directorial effort."
‑ , Film4
"Not good. Not bad. Just there."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The simple fact is that despite its flaws Milagro is still a very pleasant outing, loaded with delightful characters and a great many very enjoyable set-pieces."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Fairly choked with good intentions, whimsy, touches of fantasy, and cardboard liberal stereotypes."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Corny, you bet. But that's to be admired in an old war horse on the last frontier."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Pokes gently at the funny bone and is sympathetic without becoming sentimental."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Forgotten little gem from Robert Redford"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"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the landscape with moony or golden washes that are perhaps hard to dislike, but is slain by its adherence to an outdated populist mythology."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Who'd of thought that a battle over water rights would make for such an interesting tale?"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Picaresque tale set in a small Hispanic town where a developer's idea of progress threatens to change the community completely."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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