Sand Pebbles (Blu-ray)

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on 7/25/2008

This is an excellent transfer of the movie - in my opinion. I saw it in the theater in 1966 and thought it was a very good well acted and well made movie. This transfer has DTS MA. Seemed like great care was taken to create a superior blu-ray product

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Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this "fascinating" (The New York Times) action-drama chronicles a volatile time in history and will resonate with generations to come. Directed with a "deft" (Life) hand by Oscar winner Robert Wise (The Sound of Music), The Sand Pebbles earned Steve McQueen his only Oscar nomination and also stars Richard Attenborough and Candice Bergen.

1926 China. Engineer Jake Holman (McQueen) is transferred to the USS San Pablo, a gunboat patrolling the troubled waters of the Yangtze River. As Chinese factions battle around them, the crew has one singular mission: to protect American interests in the region...without provoking an international incident. But as hostility over the U.S. presence in the river intensifies, Holman and his sole ally (Attenborough) know their latest assignment - to save a U.S. missionary (Bergen) - could be their last!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 207536568
UPC 024543452096
UPC 14 00024543452096
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Rating NR
Big Battles
Classic Fight Scenes
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note One of the most exciting and heart-wrenching epics ever made, THE SAND PEBBLES is a masterpiece of storytelling, with exceptional performances by a stellar cast. The complex tale begins simply enough in 1926 China, where a group of American soldiers are patrolling the Yangtze River on a gunboat called the San Pablo. The crew members, who call themselves Sand Pebbles, includes Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a dispassionate but capable navy machinist, and his only friend, Frenchy (Richard Attenborough), a sailor in love with an English-educated Chinese girl, Maily (Marayat Andriane), who has been sold into prostitution. Strong feelings of nationalism have been sweeping through China, however, and when Chiang Kai-shek moves against the feudal warlords, the United States decides to treat the upheaval as a civil war, and the San Pablo is ordered to confine its function to protection of American civilians in the area. Included among them are Mr. Jameson (Larry Gates), a missionary, and Shirley Eckert (Candice Bergen), a schoolteacher with whom Jake falls in love. Soon Jake finds himself in the middle of an international military crisis when his native assistant, Po-han (Mako), is brutally tortured in an attempt to draw the San Pablo's fire, and the boat's inexperienced and prideful captain (Richard Crenna) wants to give his humiliated ship and disgraced crew a chance for glory. THE SAND PEBBLES--with its expert cinematography, moving score, and riveting locations--is a memorable viewing experience brought to life by the multitalented director Robert Wise.
Plot Summary
Summary An exceptional performance by Steve McQueen as a crew member of an American gunboat caught in a foreign struggle in post-World War I China highlights this thrilling tale. As tensions arise between the ready crew and their inexperienced captain, one of the sailors embarks on a doomed romance with an Asian woman. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Steve McQueen.
USA Today "Steve McQueen's greatest and only Oscar-nominated performance came in THE SAND PEBBLES....The movie is one of the most uncompromised blockbusters in Hollywood history..." 05/25/2001 p.5E
Uncut "Marvelous photography..." 07/01/2005 p.142
Robert Wise
Steve McQueen
Richard Attenborough
Cast & Crew
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Candice Bergen - Actor
Charles H. Maguire - Producer
Emmanuelle Arsan - Actor
Gavin MacLeod - Actor
James Hong - Actor
Jerry Goldsmith - Original Music By
Joseph MacDonald - Cinematographer
Mako - Actor
Richard Attenborough - Actor
Richard Crenna - Actor
Richard McKenna - Based On Novel By
Robert Anderson - Screenplay
Robert Wise - Producer
Robert Wise - Director
Steve McQueen - Actor
William Reynolds - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1966
Catalog ID 2245209
UPC 00024543452096
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 179 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Spanish, Cantonese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Winner (1967) Golden Globe, Richard Attenborough, Best Supporting Actor
Nominee (1967) Golden Globe, The Sand Pebbles, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Steve McQueen, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Golden Globe, Mako, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, Steve McQueen, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Mako, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Boris Leven, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Oscar, Joseph MacDonald, Best Cinematography, Color,Oscar, William Reynolds, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Jerry Goldsmith, Best Music, Original Music Score,Oscar, Robert Wise, Best Picture,Oscar, James Corcoran, Best Sound
ReviewSource Variety
Review Out of the 1926 political and military turmoil in China, producer-director Robert Wise has created a sensitive, personal drama, set against a background of old style US Navy gunboat diplomacy. The Sand Pebbles, based on the novel by Richard McKenna, is a handsome production, boasting some excellent acting characterizations...Steve McQueen looks and acts the part he plays so well - that of a machinist's mate with nine years of navy service. Richard Crenna likewise is authentic as the gunboat captain, a young lieutenant who speaks the platitudes of leadership with a slight catch in his throat, due to lack of practical experience...The title derives from a language perversion of San Pablo, formal name of the gunboat on Yangtze river patrol. Among the crew is Richard Attenborough, very believable in his role as a sailor who falls in love with newcomer Marayat Andriane in a tragic bi-racial romance. Her performance is sensitive...The major drawback to the film as a whole is a surfeit of exposition, mainly in the second half. Every scene is in itself excellent, but unfortunately the overall dramatic flow of the pic suffers in the end.
ReviewRating 8
Review "The Sand Pebbles" was a lengthy, expensive, highly dramatic epic. A risky proposition for 20th Century Fox, their confidence in Producer/Director Robert Wise was redeemed when the film proved commercially successful and received eight Academy Award nominations...Set in China of 1926, Steve McQueen played the lead role, sailor and engineer Jake Holman. Holman transfers to the small warship San Pablo, which is nicknamed 'Sand Pebbles' by its crew. Holman wants to be left alone to maintain the ship's engine, only to learn that Chinese 'coolies' perform all actual on-board work..."The Sand Pebbles" is nearly three hours long, but has few unnecessary scenes. The sets are impressive, especially the old steam engine and the fleet of Chinese junks. The cast is excellent as well, with only Crenna's curious angst marring the performances. The film's biggest problem is that that the non-officer sailors all seem to be stupid savages, except for Frenchy and Holman. The crew is also frequently insubordinate to Collins, apparently for dramatic purposes...The Oscar nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor (McQueen), Best Supporting Actor (Mako) and Best Color Cinematography (Joseph MacDonald). The film failed to take any trophies, most instead going to the costume drama "A Man For All Seasons".
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Mcqueen,Steve
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Beth Accomando, Steve McQueen is great, and Candace Bergen is breathtakingly beautiful.
Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette Steve McQueen Rocks!!!!!!!!!
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide McQueen gives one of his finest performances.
The Motion Picture Guide Powerful and spectacular...McQueen at his finest.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Considered one of McQueen's best perfromances, blending action and romance.

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