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The Sand Pebbles [Blu-ray] [1966]

Release Date:06/03/2008
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 18)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by director Robert Wise and actors Candice Bergen, Richard Creena and Mako
    • Isolated score track with commentary by music producer Nick Redman, film music historian Jon Burlingame and film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs
    • Trivia track
    • Road show version scenes
    • The making of the Sand Pebbles documentary
    • Steve McQueen remembered featurette
    • Robert Wise remembered featurette
    • China 1926 remembered featurette
    • A Ship Called Pablo featurette
    • The Secret of San Pablo featurette
    • Radio documentaries narrated by Richard Attenborough
    • Radio spots
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    The Sand Pebbles
    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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Steve McQueen
      Steve McQueen - Jake Holman
    • Richard Attenborough
      Richard Attenborough - Frenchy Burgoyne
    • Richard Crenna
      Richard Crenna - Lt. Collins
    • Candice Bergen
      Candice Bergen - Shirley Eckert
    • Mako
      Mako - Po-Han

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