Sand Pebbles, The (1966)
Front Cover Actor
Steve McQueen Jake Holman
Richard Attenborough Frenchy Burgoyne
Richard Crenna Lt. Collins
Candice Bergen Shirley Eckert
Marayat Andriane Maily
Larry Gates Jameson
Simon Oakland Stawski
Ford Rainey Harris
Joe Turkel Bronson
Emmanuelle Arsan Maily (as Marayat Andriane)
Mako Po-han
Charles Robinson Ensign Bordelles
Mako Po-han
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance; War
Director Robert Wise
Producer Robert Wise; Charles H. Maguire
Writer Richard McKenna; Robert Anderson
Studio 20th Century Fox Argyle-Solar; 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating M
Running Time 3 hr 13 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Steve McQueen received his only Academy Award nomination for his performance in this epic-scale war drama, based on the novel by Richard McKenna . In 1926, as China teeters on the edge of political revolution in the midst of a civil war, an American battle ship, the USS San Pablo , is ordered to patrol the Yangtze River to represent and protect American interests. While the San Pablo may be an American ship, much of the labor is actually performed by Chinese locals willing to work for American money, while stern but inexperienced commanding officer Captain Collins ( Richard Crenna ) frequently drills his charges, unsure what else to do. A new engineer, Capt. Jake Holman ( Steve McQueen ) is assigned to the San Pablo and immediately makes enemies among the crew — he prefers to do his own work rather than farm it out to others, and the one Chinese man who works by his side, Po Han ( Mako ), is treated as an apprentice rather than a servant. Holman also falls in love with an idealistic American missionary ( Candice Bergen ), while his shipmate Frenchy ( Richard Attenborough ) loses his heart to a lovely Chinese girl, only to discover she's a "hostess" and her hand will cost him 200 dollars. As Holman's methods and attitudes continue to anger his comrades, they find themselves increasingly at odds with the Chinese, especially after Frenchy's girlfriend becomes pregnant and Po Han is captured by revolutionary forces and branded a traitor. — Mark Deming
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Index 1127
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 2/29/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 009
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 024543013082
Release Date 2001
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen