The Milagro Beanfield War
Our next Rialto Recommends is Robert Redford's 1988 directorial film THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR. In the tiny town of Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, shady developer Ladd Devine (Richard Bradford) has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water from the neighboring crop-fields. When handyman and farmer Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera) accidentally breaks a water valve reserved for major companies, he inadvertently sets off a small-scale water-rights war between the farmers and the developers. Roger Ebert said "There is a lot of love and joy in THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR. Braga’s performance is especially warm; she’s all over town, hectoring the newspaper editor, gathering signatures on a petition, marveling that she knew all along that Mondragon had it in him to do something wonderful." THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, Apple, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others. Check out this over-looked gem from Robert Redford.