The Sand Pebbles (1966)

155 mins | Drama | 20 December 1966

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HISTORY

Location scenes were filmed in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The running time has been listed at 155, 162, 182, 191, 193 and 195 min. Marayat Andriane was also known as Emmanuelle Arsan.
       The Sand Pebbles received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture; Actor, Steve McQueen; Supporting Actor, Mako; Art direction (Color), Boris Leven for Art director and Walter M. Scott, John Sturtevant and William Kiernan for Set decoration; Cinematography (Color), Joseph MacDonald; Film editing, William Reynolds; Music (Original music score), Jerry Goldsmith; and Sound, Twentieth Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran, Sound director. The film marked the motion picture debut of Japanese-born actor Mako (1933--2006), who previously had acted on television and continued to act in both film and television until shortly before his death. In 1965, Mako was one of the founders of the East-West Players, a prominent Asian-American theatrical company in Los ... More Less

Location scenes were filmed in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The running time has been listed at 155, 162, 182, 191, 193 and 195 min. Marayat Andriane was also known as Emmanuelle Arsan.
       The Sand Pebbles received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture; Actor, Steve McQueen; Supporting Actor, Mako; Art direction (Color), Boris Leven for Art director and Walter M. Scott, John Sturtevant and William Kiernan for Set decoration; Cinematography (Color), Joseph MacDonald; Film editing, William Reynolds; Music (Original music score), Jerry Goldsmith; and Sound, Twentieth Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran, Sound director. The film marked the motion picture debut of Japanese-born actor Mako (1933--2006), who previously had acted on television and continued to act in both film and television until shortly before his death. In 1965, Mako was one of the founders of the East-West Players, a prominent Asian-American theatrical company in Los Angeles.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Robert Wise Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Prod assoc
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Location constructuon mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna (New York, 1962).
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 December 1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 December 1966
Los Angeles opening: 28 December 1966
Production Date:
22 November 1965--7 August 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Argyle Enterprises
Copyright Date:
28 December 1966
Copyright Number:
LP34734
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
155
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1926, as strong feelings of nationalism are sweeping through China and the followers of Chiang Kai-shek, as well as the war lords and communists, are demanding that all foreigners leave Chinese soil, the U. S. gunboat San Pablo is patroling the Yangtze River. The newest member of the crew, who call themselves "sand pebbles," is Jake Holman, a machinist with 8 years previous Navy duty. Although Jake's independent nature is regarded with suspicion by most of the men, he wins the friendship of Frenchy, a sailor in love with an English-educated Chinese girl, Maily, who has been sold into enforced prostitution. When Chiang Kai-shek moves against the feudal war lords, 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, a missionary, and Shirley Eckert, a schoolteacher whom Jake met earlier. In an attempt to draw the San Pablo 's fire, the Chinese capture Jake's coolie assistant, Po-han, and torture him by slashing his chest with a knife. Unable to bear his friend's agonized screams, Jake grabs a gun and puts a bullet into Po-han's head. Later, Frenchy buys Maily's freedom and takes her as his common-law wife because they cannot legally marry. While the San Pablo ... +


In 1926, as strong feelings of nationalism are sweeping through China and the followers of Chiang Kai-shek, as well as the war lords and communists, are demanding that all foreigners leave Chinese soil, the U. S. gunboat San Pablo is patroling the Yangtze River. The newest member of the crew, who call themselves "sand pebbles," is Jake Holman, a machinist with 8 years previous Navy duty. Although Jake's independent nature is regarded with suspicion by most of the men, he wins the friendship of Frenchy, a sailor in love with an English-educated Chinese girl, Maily, who has been sold into enforced prostitution. When Chiang Kai-shek moves against the feudal war lords, 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, a missionary, and Shirley Eckert, a schoolteacher whom Jake met earlier. In an attempt to draw the San Pablo 's fire, the Chinese capture Jake's coolie assistant, Po-han, and torture him by slashing his chest with a knife. Unable to bear his friend's agonized screams, Jake grabs a gun and puts a bullet into Po-han's head. Later, Frenchy buys Maily's freedom and takes her as his common-law wife because they cannot legally marry. While the San Pablo is forced to remain in a state of siege, Frenchy swims ashore each night to visit his pregnant wife. But the icy waters precipitate pneumonia and he dies in Maily's room. When Jake visits the bereaved woman, the Chinese beat him and put Maily to death. They then brand Jake as the murderer and demand that the San Pablo hand him over for trial. The crew agrees that Jake should be tried, and when Captain Collins refuses the demand and orders the crew to fire on the Chinese the men nearly mutiny. The captain takes advantage of the rising tide and moves his ship into deep water. When word arrives that full-scale fighting has led to the landing of U. S. Marines in Shanghai, Captain Collins decides to give his humiliated ship and disgraced crew a chance for glory by heading for Jameson's mission and a rescue attempt. After a bloody fight, the San Pablo breaks through a Chinese blockade and reaches the mission. But Jameson and Shirley declare themselves stateless and rebuke the captain for interfering in China's affairs. Jake wants to desert, but neutrality is no longer possible. Nationalist troops, incensed by the San Pablo 's defiance of the blockade, storm the mission and kill both Jameson and Collins. Pushed into making a last stand, Jake orders the other crew members to take Shirley to safety while he covers their getaway. But he is killed by a Chinese bullet. As he dies, he cries "I was home. ... What the hell happened?" +

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