The Sand Pebbles

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The Sand Pebbles Review


A three hour epic about a U.S. patrol in 1926 China? Minghella and Bertolucci still make movies like this. Back in 1966 the auteur of the day was Robert Wise, who'd just come off of The Sound of Music. and this story of a ship headed upriver in revolution-torn China is as plodding as the engine on its gunboat. Much of the running time consists of engineer Steve McQueen working on the boat and trying to communicate with the local "slope heads," notably including a young Mako as a local co-worker. The last half of the movie has McQueen on the most protracted search and rescue mission imaginable. Wise has no handle on the out-of-control, yawn-inducing scenes, but McQueen helps to keep things generally interesting. Nominated for eight Oscars, The Sand Pebbles ultimately won none.


Facts and Figures

Run time: 182 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 20th December 1966

Box Office Worldwide: $20M

Budget: $12M

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Robert Wise Productions, Solar Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

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Starring: as Jake Holman, as Frenchy Burgoyne, as Captain Collins, as Shirley Eckert, as Maily, Mako Iwamatsu as Po-han, as Jameson, Charles Robinson as Ensign Bordelles, as Stawski, as Harris, as Bronson, as Crosley, Joe Di Reda as Shanahan, Richard Loo as Major Chin, Barney Phillips as Franks, Gus Trikonis as Restorff, Shepherd Sanders as Perna, James Jeter as Farren, as Jennings, Paul Chun as Cho-jen, as Chien, Beulah Quo as Mama Chunk, as Victor Shu, Stephen Jahn as Haythorn, Alan Hopkins as Wilsey, Stephen Ferry as Lamb, Ted Fish as Wellbeck, Loren Janes as Coleman, Glenn R. Wilder as Waldron, Robert Kelly-Schleyer as Bosun's Mate (uncredited)

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