The Sand Pebbles

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Overview

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, 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 ...
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Overview

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, 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 machinist's mate with just under a decade of navy service behind him, 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 falls for a Chinese girl and - with marriage plans in mind - kidnaps her to prevent her from being auctioned off. 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.
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Special Features

Disc 1; Theatrical version of The Sand Pebbles; Audio commentary with director Robert Wise and actors Candice Bergen, Mako and Richard Crenna; Isolated score track with commenatry by music producer Nick Redman, film music historian Jon Burlingame, and Lem Dobbs, film historian and screenwriter of The Limey and Dark City; Disc 2; Roadshow version of The Sand Pebbles with introductions by Robert Wise and Richard Zanuck; The making of The Sand Pebbles featurettes; Weighing Anchor; Cast & characters; Rough seats; McQueen on Deck; Sound & image; A Worthy Vessel; Side bars; Steve McQueen remembered; Robert Wise in Command; China 1926; From the Fox vault; A Ship Called San Pablo; Narrated by Richard Attenborough; The Secret of the San Pablo; Narrated by Richard Crenna; Radio documentaries narrated by Richard Attenborough; Changsha Bund and the Streets of Taipei; A Ship Called San Pablo; Radio spots; Original theatrical trailer; Still galleries; MAD Magazine's The Sam Pebbles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Sand Pebbles is a lengthy but engaging mix of romance, historical epic, political commentary, and adventure. Three years after his star-making turn in The Great Escape, Steve McQueen delivers what many consider his most complete performance, as the antisocial crewmember of an American ship docked in China during the civil war of 1926. Though it presents a rather generalized view of imperialism, Sand Pebbles makes obvious parallels between America's presence in China and its presence in Vietnam four decades later. Director Robert Wise struggled to get backing for the film, succeeding only when he agreed to direct the film version of The Sound of Music. It was not a major hit, though its cachet increased when it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 024543440581
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 6:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,017

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Jake Holman
Richard Attenborough Frenchy Burgoyne
Richard Crenna Lt. Collins
Candice Bergen Shirley Eckert
Marayat Andriane Maily
Mako Po-Han
Larry Gates Jameson
Simon Oakland Stawski
Ford Rainey Harris
Joe Turkel Bronson
Gavin MacLeod Crosley
Richard Loo Maj. Chin
Barney Phillips Chief Franks
Gus Trikonis Restorff
Shepherd Sanders Perna
James Jeter Farren
Tom Middleton Jennings
Tommy Lee Chien
Beulah Quo Mama Chunk
James Hong Victor Shu
Alan Hopkins Wilsey
Gil Perkins Customer
Walter Reed Bidder
Ben Wright Englishman
Stephen Ferry Lamb
Ted Fish CPO Wellbeck
Joe di Reda Shanahan
Loren Janes Coleman
Charles Knox Robinson III Ensign Bordelles
Glenn Wilder Waldron
Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director, Producer
Del Acevedo Makeup
Robert Anderson Screenwriter
Jerry Endler Special Effects
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
William Kiernan Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Boris Leven Production Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
John Sturtevant Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
William Turner Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sand Pebbles - Theatrical Version
1. Overture [2:13]
2. Main Titles [2:22]
3. China 1926 [6:16]
4. A Nice Girl [4:14]
5. The San Pablo [4:24]
6. Ship's Company [6:02]
7. The System [5:16]
8. Serving the Flag [3:29]
9. Stop and Secure [5:28]
10. First Death [3:54]
11. Only a Hostess [9:01]
12. No Ghosts [6:40]
13. The Challenge [4:21]
14. Two Hundred Dollars [8:02]
15. On the Double [2:36]
16. Maintaining Neutrality [2:14]
17. Rescuing the Missionaries [5:31]
18. Running Dog [6:37]
19. A Jonah [2:49]
20. Entr'acte [1:18]
21. Chinese Soil [1:01]
22. Auctioned Off [8:45]
23. Against the Law [4:49]
24. Making a Wish [3:14]
25. Forever [4:18]
26. An Offer Refused [2:08]
27. State of Siege [3:58]
28. Death of a Friend [4:54]
29. Just a Symbol [9:34]
30. "Holman Come Down" [5:35]
31. One Last Thrust [6:59]
32. Blocking the River [2:52]
33. At the Boom [9:20]
34. The Mission [5:07]
35. What the Hell Happened? [7:21]
36. End Titles [8:46]
Disc #2, Side A -- The Sand Pebbles - Roadshow Version
1. Overture [2:13]
2. Main Titles [2:22]
3. China 1926 [6:16]
4. A Nice Girl [4:14]
5. The San Pablo [4:24]
6. Ship's Company [6:02]
7. The System [5:16]
8. Serving the Flag [3:29]
9. Stop and Secure [5:28]
10. First Death [3:54]
11. Only a Hostess [9:01]
12. No Ghosts [6:40]
13. The Challenge [4:21]
14. Two Hundred Dollars [8:02]
15. On the Double [2:36]
16. Maintaining Neutrality [2:14]
17. Rescuing the Missionaries [5:31]
18. Running Dog [6:37]
19. A Jonah [2:49]
20. Entr'acte [1:18]
21. Chinese Soil [1:01]
22. Auctioned Off [8:45]
23. Against the Law [4:49]
24. Making a Wish [3:14]
25. Getting Acquainted [2:08]
26. Forever [4:18]
27. State of Siege [3:58]
28. Death of a Friend [4:54]
29. Just a Symbol [9:34]
30. "Holman Come Down" [5:35]
31. One Last Thrust [6:59]
32. Blocking the River [2:52]
33. At the Boom [9:20]
34. The Mission [5:07]
35. What the Hell Happened? [7:21]
36. End Titles [8:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Sand Pebbles - Theatrical Version
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 4.0 Surround
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Spanish Stereo
      French Stereo
      Commentary
      Isolated Score Track With Commentary
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      On/Off Commentary by Director Robert Wise and Actor Candice Bergen, Mako & Richard Crenna
      On/Off Isolated Score Track With Commentary by Music Producer Nick Redman, Film Music Historian Jon Burlingame, and Screenwriter (The Limey, Dark City) / Film Historian Lem Dobbs
Disc #2, Side A -- The Sand Pebbles - Roadshow Version
   Play Roadshow Version
   Language Selection
      English 4.0 Surround
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Robert Wise Roadshow Intro
   Richard Zanuck Roadshow Intro
Disc #2, Side B -- The Sand Pebbles - Special Features
   The Making of The Sand Pebbles
      Weighing Anchor
      Cast & Characters
      Rough Seas
      McQueen on Deck
      Sound & Image
      A Worthy Vessel
      Play All
   Side Bars
      A Ship Called San Pablo Narrated by Richard Attenborough
      The Secret of the San Pablo Narrated by Richard Crenna
   From the Fox Vault
      A Ship Called San Pablo Narrated by Richard Attenborough
      The Secret of the San Pablo Narrated by Richard Crenna
   Radio Documentaries
      Changsha Bund and the Streets of Taipei
      A Ship Called San Pablo
   Radio Spots
      Cut 1
      Cut 2
      Cut 3
   Theatrical Trailer
   Still Galleries
      Behind the Scenes
      Production Art
      Publicity
      Posters
      Interactive Pressbook
   MAD Magazine's The Sam Pebbles"
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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    McQueen's best!

    The setting is breathtaking, the movie is unforgettable!
    Steve at his best!
    Got to go Holman!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Classic

    I was moved by the performances and the insight into inter cultural relationships in a tumultuous time for China.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sand Pebbles

    The melancholy soundtrack sets the tone for this trip into American foreign policy and American character. Friendship (between men, and between man and machine), romantic love, selfless love, patriotism, cowardice, lust, mercy killing, jingoism, idealism, irony, and redemption are all themes touched upon in this engrossing film. It is interesting that its Director, Robert Wise, also directed ''West Side Story'' and ''The Haunting.'' Note that Steve McQueen does his own fighting in the brawl with the Chinese heavies and gets tossed around pretty good. The movie is long, but such quality is worthy of your time. Finally, men and women can both appreciate ''The Sand Pebbles.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sand Pebbles

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Great story, Great actors, Great musical score.

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    Posted January 9, 2010

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