With the help of some A-list and Good B-list actors (Melanie Griffith, Christopher Walken, Daniel Stern, Freddy Fender, Sonya Braga, Rueben Blades, John Heard, many others), Robert Redford produced this little known but highly acclaimed (1 Oscar, several nominations) gem of a low budget film.
It helps if you understand some Spanish but this is not a requirement for watching. English-only speakers will miss a few jokes here and there.
You do need to be aware of an area Native American custom that is repeatedly used and never explained: When a woman throws pebbles at a man, it means that she is available for marriage, and interested.
Be on the lookout for a snide little embedded dig. When a townsperson points to something on the store shelf and asks if it is any good, the store keeper replies, "No, try the other one." On close inspection, the item in question is a bottle of Paul Newman's Own brand salad dressing.
Plot: In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich like Devine. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before the lucrative development is cancelled, a small war threatens to erupt. (Written by Reid Gagle)