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The Sand Pebbles (1966)

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Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and... See full summary »

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Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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This is the heroic story of the men on the U.S.S. San Pablo who disturbed the sleeping dragon of savage China as the threatened world watched in breathless terror See more »


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20 December 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Yang-Tsé en llamas  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The San Pablo was purpose built for the film, in Hong Kong. She was actually powered by diesel engines: the black smoke from the stack came from old tires and other rubbish fired in a special compartment on the boat. After filming, the boat was sold and survived for some years with various building firms in the Far East, finally using the name Nola D and being scrapped in Singapore in 1975. See more »

Goofs

When the San Pablo first gets underway Holman is wearing a clean set of dungarees, yet in the next shot when he is noticing an engine problem, he is wearing old, worn and dirty dungarees with no undershirt. See more »

Quotes

Captain Collins: Pray for an early spring... or permission to open fire.
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit for 'Diversions by Irving Schwartz' in tribute to a mysterious, unknown correspondent whose letters proved a morale booster to cast and crew during trying location work in Hong Kong and Taiwan. See more »


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Sleepy Time Gal
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Joseph R. Alden
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McQueen's best ever performance
6 July 2001 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

This is truly my all time favorite film and not just because of the wonderful performances by McQueen, Crenna, Mako and the rest, but because I had an opportunity to experience the Asia culture first hand (during Viet Nam) and the depiction of the culture and the climate of the land is right on. I rank McQueen's performance right up there with my favorite Newman's performance in "Cool Hand Luke". Basically, the same type of a character, a loner challenging the boundries of their society's limits. It was a shame that the movie was released the same year as "A Man for All Seasons", because McQueen should have received and Oscar for this performance. I now own this video and I make a point of watching it once a year.


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