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The Sand Pebbles

Release Date 1966-12-20
Runtime 182 minutes
Genres Adventure, War
Stars Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Mako
Directors Robert Wise, Robert Wise, Boris Leven, Jerry Goldsmith, William Reynolds

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat USS 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.