Boulder Jewish Film Festival: The Milagro Beanfield War

Date: March 1, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm
Location:  Show map
Boedecker Theater
2590 Walnut St.
Contact: Jodi ZIcklinEmail:

Robert Redford's love for Western lore and landscape, specifically his passion for the multi-cultural collision of Northern New Mexico, was so perfectly expressed by the music composed by Dave Grusin that it earned “The Milagro Beanfield War” it's one and only Oscar for best score in 1988.

An oddity among Oscar-winning musical scores, the music was never released as a soundtrack, although pieces are on albums such as “Migration.” It was Grusin's 5th nomination, and he did not expect to win for his effective evocation of a mythical Mexican-Spanish-Indian culture. In fact he had not yet seen the film on the screen when the nominations were announced. Grusin was a busy working musician at the height of his side career as a film composer in 1988, having composed the score for The Graduate, Three Days of the Condor, The Champ, On Golden Pond, Goonies and Tootsie.

Based on John Nichols’ novel of the same name, The Milagro Beanfield war is set in the water-starved New Mexican desert. This tale of progress and greed intruding on tradition features an all-star cast that includes Ruben Blades, Sonia Braga, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, and Christopher Walken. The movie is unabashedly romantic, featuring lush cinematography, and dabbles in the magic realism that was in vogue in Latin cinema and literature at the time. Grusin's score sets the perfect tone for the mystical, magical American folk tale - and includes the only song he ever composed as an ode to a pig.


Directed by Robert Redford
120 Minutes
In English
USA: 1988

Sunday, March 1| Boedecker Theater | Screening at 3:30 pm | $13 in advance, $15 at the door | PURCHASE TICKETS