The Sand Pebbles

Lists: Film Quest 2014 - The Challenge, Adventure, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1966: # 0)

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Rob from GuysFilmQuest87(full review)Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 8
Lisa Marie Bowman55 - Slow and ponderous. The film never seems to quite sure what it wants to say.
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People Involved

  • Steve McQueen (Jake Holman)
  • Richard Attenborough (Frenchy Burgoyne)
  • Richard Crenna (Captain Collins)
  • Candice Bergen (Shirley Eckert)
  • Emmanuelle Arsan (Maily)
  • Mako Iwamatsu (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)
  • Richard Loo (Major Chin)
  • Barney Phillips (Franks)
  • Gus Trikonis (Restorff)
  • Shepherd Sanders (Perna)
  • James Jeter (Farren)
  • Tom Middleton (Jennings)
  • Paul Chun (Cho-jen)
  • Tommy Lee (Chien)
  • Beulah Quo (Mama Chunk)
  • James Hong (Victor Shu)
  • Stephen Jahn (Haythorn)
  • Alan Hopkins (Wilsey)
  • Stephen Ferry (Lamb)
  • Ted Fish (Wellbeck)
  • Loren Janes (Coleman)
  • Glenn R. Wilder (Waldron)
  • Robert Kelly-Schleyer (Bosuns Mate (uncredited))
  • Robert Anderson (Director)