The Sand Pebbles (1966)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Romance


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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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28 August 2006 | Doylenf
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| Steve McQueen remains the focal point in ambitious, sometimes rambling film...
STEVE McQUEEN makes a completely believable machinist's mate aboard a U.S. Navy gunboat who finds himself enmeshed in the politics of unrest that existed in 1926 China during the period of the Boxer Rebellion. It's probably one of the finest roles of his career--honest, vexating, and completely true to the emotions of his character whose only real concern is taking care of his engines.

There are plenty of other good performances. RICHARD CRENNA is the Captain, uncertain of just how the U.S./Chinese friction should be solved, and CANDACE BERGEN is lovely as a missionary who has a tender romance with McQueen.

The exotic locales (it was filmed mostly in Taiwan), the lush background score by Jerry Goldsmith, and the confrontation between the U.S. Navy and the Chinese authorities which supplies the necessary suspense before an action-filled climax, all serve to make THE SAND PEBBLES a fascinating look at a period in history that is seldom explored. And, of course, it raises questions as to our role in imperialism and our interaction with the culture of foreign countries that make the film relevant today.

It's a long film, rather uneven in places, but directed with rare sensitivity by Robert Wise and richly detailed period atmosphere.

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Release Date:

20 December 1966

Language

English, Mandarin


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Taipei City, Taiwan

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

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