People: Dec. 8, 1986

It is called the Milagro Beanfield War, a modern-day fable about a native New Mexican farmer who dares to stand up to Big Business developers. But for a while it looked as though the motion picture might be better remembered as Robert Redford's Alamo. Even before filming began, Redford was daunted by the task of rendering John Nichols' 1974 novel into a suitable screenplay. "There were several attempts made," he recalls. "It was very, very difficult." Then, shortly after arriving on location in New Mexico last summer, Redford was buffeted by bad weather and stormy relations with the locals. He was...

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