Somewhere in the plains of New Mexico, the town of Milagro is dying. As the fields waste away under the unforgiving sun, big time real estate developer Ladd Devine (Richard Bradford) swoops in and buys up all of the land for transformation into a giant resort.
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On the last piece of land that has withstood the Devine offensive, dirt farmer Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera) finally has enough. Climbing to the top of the hill, he redirects a nearby stream to irrigate his drought-parched beanfield. But what Joe knows, what everyone knows, is that the stream has been given by the state to Ladd Devine, and the developer is unwilling to allow the farmer to steal "his" water.
Though the local sheriff (Ruben Blades) tries valiantly to keep the peace, Joe's small act of rebellion is seized upon by Ruby Archuleta (Sonia Braga), the resident activist, who turns the beanfield into a local cause celebre with the reluctant help of the town's newspaper publisher (John Heard), a retired '60s radical who would rather tend his garden.
When Devine finally tires of Ruby's antics and Joe's open defiance of the water use laws, he brings in Kyril Montana (Christopher Walken), a ruthless hired gun, to get rid of the troublemakers without the fuss of an official arrest, thus escalating the situation from an exchange of dirty tricks into an all-out war.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver