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item number: XY2C
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 31, 2005
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Rubén Blades & Sônia Braga|
|Performer:||Chick Vennera, Christopher Walken, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Julie Carmen & Basil Hoffman|
|Directed by||Robert Redford|
|Edited by||Dede Allen & Jim Miller|
|Composition by||Dave Grusin|
Academy Awards 1988 - Best Original Score: Dave Grusin
...A charming, fanciful little fable built around weighty issues....All the performers are exceedingly pleasant, and result is an appealing [film]...
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
Rating: 4/5 -- Forgotten little gem from Robert Redford
Rating: 2/5 -- 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.
New York Times
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Magazine articles about its making have outlined the problems: multiple script changes, wholesale reshooting. The tinkering appears to have eroded the film's basic core. It is now a series of audience-pleasing turns, with little sense of unity. Full Review
This is probably Redford's most complex and cleverly structured directorial effort. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- 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
Nothing has changed in Milagro, New Mexico, for 300 years. Then, one day, Joe Mondragon kicks the off-limits community water pipe and begins to irrigate the cracked, dry ground that was once his father's beanfield. The developers of a new luxury recreation area--which is sure to force the natives away--are none too pleased by Joe's actions, and a culture clash ensues between Milagro's colorful, quirky residents and the authorities. The film is based on the novel by John Nichols.
Nothing ever changes in Milagro, New Mexico. Located in the desert, the sparsely populated town is slowly dying. Developer Ladd Devine (Richard Bradford) plans to change that with his plans to build a luxury recreation area that will make him money but will also displace the locals who have lived in Milagro for years. Upset that he is unable to find work with the developers, a frustrated Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera) kicks the community water line--which is off limits to locals--and inadvertently begins to irrigate the dry, parched land that was once his father's beanfield. Joe's actions create an uproar as the eccentric locals begin to band together to protect Joe's beanfield and to stand up for themselves. Ruby Archuleta (Sonia Braga), the town mechanic and a rabble rouser, seizes the opportunity to protest against the development, enlisting the help of Charlie Bloom (John Heard), a reluctant lawyer with a penchant for people's rights. Joe's beanfield becomes a symbol for the Milagro residents, who realize that no amount of money is worth losing their town and their history. Directed by Robert Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE HORSE WHISPERER), the film is based on the novel by John Nichols.
- Theatrical release: April 1998.
- Filmed on location in northern New Mexico.
- Two well-known musical personalities star in the film: Ruben Blades and Freddie Fender.
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