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In 1926, a U.S. Naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China.

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Jake Holman
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Frenchy Burgoyne
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Captain Collins
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Shirley Eckert
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Maily (as Marayat Andriane)
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Po-han
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Jameson
Charles Robinson ...
Ensign Bordelles
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Stawski
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Harris
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Bronson
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Crosley
Joe Di Reda ...
Shanahan (as Joseph di Reda)
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Major Chin
Barney Phillips ...
Franks
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Restorff
Shepherd Sanders ...
Perna
James Jeter ...
Farren
Thomas H. Middleton ...
Jennings (as Tom Middleton)
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Cho-jen (as Paul Chinpae)
Tommy Lee ...
Chien
Beulah Quo ...
Mama Chunk
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Victor Shu
Stephen Jahn ...
Haythorn
Alan Hopkins ...
Wilsey (as Jay Allan Hopkins)
Stephen Ferry ...
Lamb (as Steve Ferry)
Ted Fish ...
Wellbeck
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Coleman
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Waldron (as Glenn Wilder)
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Bald Bespectacled Man at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
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Missionary child (uncredited)
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Brawler at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
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Officer on San Pablo (uncredited)
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Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
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Hamilton (uncredited)
Ko Pa ...
Boy Selling Birds (uncredited)
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Customer at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
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Bidder at Red Kettle Bar (uncredited)
Henry Wang ...
Lop-eye Shing (uncredited)
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Englishman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Wise

Written by

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Richard McKenna ... (novel)
 
Robert Anderson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Charles H. Maguire ... associate producer (as Charles Maguire)
Robert Wise ... A Robert Wise Production

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Jerry Goldsmith

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Joseph MacDonald ... director of photography

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William Reynolds

Editorial Department

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David Bernstein ... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Boris Leven

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William Kiernan ... (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott ... (set decorations)
John Sturtevant ... (set decorations)

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Renié ... (costumes designed by) (as Renie)

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Del Acevedo ... makeup artist
Margaret Donovan ... hair styles
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

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Saul Wurtzel ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ridgeway Callow ... assistant director
Charles H. Maguire ... second unit director (as Charles Maguire)
Robert F. Liu ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Herbert Cheek ... location construction supervisor
Tom Jung ... graphic designer (uncredited)
Dong Kingman ... watercolor artist (uncredited)
Dennis J. Parrish ... assistant property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bernard Freericks ... sound
Murray Spivack ... sound
Douglas O. Williams ... sound

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Gerald Endler ... special effects (as Jerry Endler)

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L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects
Travis Dutch ... digital restoration scanning
Emil Kosa Jr. ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Larry Duran ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Saito ... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dick Johnson ... second unit photography (as Richard Johnson)
Thomas Del Ruth ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Friedman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
John R. Hamilton ... still photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Lionel Newman ... conductor
David Tamkin ... orchestrations
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Harley Misiner ... technical adviser (as Harley Misiner MMC. USN {Ret.})
Irving Schwartz ... diversions
Maurice Zuberano ... production associate
Alan Callow ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines THE STORY OF MEN...men who disturbed the sleeping dragon of China as the world watched in terror! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La canonnière du Yang-Tsé (France)
  • El Yang-Tsé en llamas (Spain)
  • Песъчинки (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Macera gemisi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • El Yang-Tsé en llamas (Colombia)
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  • 182 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Steve McQueen received his only Academy Award nomination for this movie. See more »
Goofs The Machinist Mate First Class (MM1c) rate patch that Holman wears on his left shoulder is a post 1941-type where the "crow" faces to its right side. In 1926 when the movie is set, the crow on a Machinist Mate's rate patch faced left, looking away from the wearer's face. After 1941, all USN petty officer rate patch "crows" faced forward, like their wearer, to "face the enemy". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Slaying the Dragon (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Sleepy Time Gal See more »
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 »
Quotes Jake Holman: I was home. What happened? What the hell happened?
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