Monday, March 25, 2013

Milagro Beanfield War, 1988

Milagro Beanfield War, R. Redford Dir. 1988

When the student is ready the teacher appears. For me sometimes it is also, when the sofa is clear, the remote will work.

Finally watching Milagro Beanfield War about twenty years after the buzz died down.  New Mexico battle between Mexican farmers and developers. Some great lines. Another Ruben Blades star. And early on, some great moments and some great lines. Early Robert Redford work.  Some lines:

"So why don't you ask him to stop?"

"'Cause he'll just tell me to sit on a chile and keep right on doing what he wants."

Early evidence that Melanie Griffith was a waste of air.
Christopher Walken as the out of town hired fixer getting a new car and driving it through the scrub and pine trees and gullies to give it a little wear reminds me of what we used to do to our new golf shoes.
A boogey man. Three old guys with shotguns. A rainbow. An old man who talks to the dead. Saint Jude. Daniel Stern as the PhD student trying to write it up. The Mayor, The Graveyard. The War. The Sheriff. The cow. The farmers. The hot chick. The attorney/publisher. The echo of sixties revolution.

The town meeting was a classic. Funny and real.

"What good is a hometown, if everyone you know is gone?"


A wonderful tale told with elegance and humor and magic. 

Milagro Beanfield War, R. Redford Dir. 1988

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