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The Sand Pebbles -- 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.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard McKenna (novel)
Robert Anderson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE STORY OF MEN...men who disturbed the sleeping dragon of China as the world watched in terror! See more »
Plot:
Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Movie! See more (100 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Jake Holman

Candice Bergen ... Shirley Eckert

Richard Attenborough ... Frenchy Burgoyne

Richard Crenna ... Captain Collins
Emmanuelle Arsan ... Maily (as Marayat Andriane)

Mako ... Po-han
Larry Gates ... Jameson
Charles Robinson ... Ensign Bordelles

Simon Oakland ... Stawski
Ford Rainey ... Harris

Joe Turkel ... Bronson

Gavin MacLeod ... Crosley
Joe Di Reda ... Shanahan (as Joseph di Reda)
Richard Loo ... Major Chin
Barney Phillips ... Franks

Gus Trikonis ... Restorff

Shepherd Sanders ... Perna
James Jeter ... Farren
Tom Middleton ... Jennings
Paul Chun ... Cho-jen (as Paul Chinpae)
Tommy Lee ... Chien
Beulah Quo ... Mama Chunk

James Hong ... Victor Shu
Stephen Jahn ... Haythorn
Alan Hopkins ... Wilsey (as Jay Allan Hopkins)
Stephen Ferry ... Lamb (as Steve Ferry)
Ted Fish ... Wellbeck

Loren Janes ... Coleman
Glenn R. Wilder ... Waldron (as Glenn Wilder)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Bald bespectacled man at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... Brawler at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)

Robert Kelly-Schleyer ... Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... Hamilton (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Customer at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Bidder at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
Henry Wang ... Lop-eye Shing (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... Englishman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Richard McKenna (novel)

Robert Anderson (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer (as Charles Maguire)
Robert Wise .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald 
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Walter M. Scott 
John Sturtevant 
 
Costume Design by
Renié  (as Renie)
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
William Turner .... makeup artist (as Bill Turner)
Sharleen Rassi .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Charles H. Maguire .... second unit director (as Charles Maguire)
Robert F. Liu .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Cheek .... location construction supervisor
Tom Jung .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Dong Kingman .... watercolor artist (uncredited)
Dennis J. Parrish .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Murray Spivack .... sound
Douglas O. Williams .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... special effects (as Jerry Endler)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Travis Dutch .... digital restoration scanning (restored version)
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Saito .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Johnson .... photographer: second unit (as Richard Johnson)
Thomas Del Ruth .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
David Tamkin .... orchestrator
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harley Misiner .... technical advisor
Irving Schwartz .... diversions
Maurice Zuberano .... production associate
Alan Callow .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual material (re-rating) (2000)
Runtime:
182 min | UK:196 min (BBFC submission before censorship) | Sweden:193 min | USA:196 min (roadshow version)
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Language:
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Norway:16 | Norway:11 (DVD rating) (2006) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:12 (2007) | UK:15 (1988) | USA:Approved (certificate #21310) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2000) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steve McQueen gave writer Robert Anderson such a hard time, that Anderson left the project after McQueen was cast. Years earlier, McQueen was not cast in a play by Anderson and McQueen never forgave him.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the battle scene at the blockade, Holman is send forward on the port (left) side with two men manning a BAR position. When the main battery on San Pablo fires and hits the mast of a junk, a group of men back aft near midships who are part of the boarding party are seen laughing, Holman being one of them.See more »
Quotes:
Frenchy Burgoyne:If they obey orders then the Navy takes care of them. It's a way of life that appeals to a certain kind of man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Free Love Confidential (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sleepy Time GalSee more »

FAQ

What and why are they chanting?
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Great Movie!, 12 August 2002
Author: jmorrison-2 from Farmington Hills, MI

This is just one exceptional movie. One of my all time classics.

An examination of the little-known or understood tensions and political ramifications of being aboard an American gunboat, in the 1920's, in the China backwater.

The atmosphere and the story are superb.

Steve McQueen has never been better as Jake Holman, a hard-nosed American sailor, with his own code of right and wrong. His character absolutely dominates the movie. This is the type of character he was born to play.

Richard Crenna's ship Captain was perfect: smug, self-involved, deluded about his patriotism, but a decent man caught in a confusing, thankless, possibly deadly situation.

The rest of the cast in this is tremendous, especially Richard Attenborough, Candace Bergen, Simon Oakland, and Mako.

An absolutely superior film!

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