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Format: DVD
Sku: 204254165
UPC: 024543440581
UPC 14: 00024543440581
Sales Rank: 821
Rating: NR
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A Robert Wise Production.
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!

"Steve McQueen is great, and Candace Bergen is breathtakingly beautiful.  Beth Accomando,
"Steve McQueen Rocks!!!!!!!!!  Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"McQueen gives one of his finest performances.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Powerful and spectacular...McQueen at his finest.  The Motion Picture Guide
"Considered one of McQueen's best perfromances, blending action and romance.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/6/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 185 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1966
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2244058
Video UPC UPC: 00024543440581
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Candice Bergen
Video Cast Info Emmanuelle Arsan
Video Cast Info Gavin MacLeod
Video Cast Info James Hong
Video Cast Info Mako
Video Cast Info Richard Attenborough
Video Cast Info Richard Crenna
Video Cast Info Steve McQueen
Video Cast Info Boris Leven - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Charles H. Maguire - Producer
Video Cast Info Jerry Goldsmith - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Joseph MacDonald - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Richard McKenna - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Robert Anderson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - Director
Video Cast Info William Reynolds - Editor
Plot 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.


Winner (1967)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Richard Attenborough, Best Supporting Actor

Nominee (1967)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The Sand Pebbles, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Steve McQueen, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Mako, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Steve McQueen, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Mako, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Boris Leven, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
   Video Award Name Oscar, Joseph MacDonald, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Oscar, William Reynolds, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jerry Goldsmith, Best Music, Original Music Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Wise, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, James Corcoran, Best Sound

Professional Reviews

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

"Marvelous photography..." 07/01/2005 p.142

Variety 8 of 10
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. 7 of 10
"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". - Brian Koller

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Product attributeActor:   Mcqueen,Steve
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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