The Sand Pebbles


(out of 5)

Robert Wise followed his mammothly successful The Sound Of Music with this giant war epic.   plays an engineer who boards a gunboat in 1920s China, rife with anger and resentment between Chinese and white sailors aboard. China itself is being torn apart by revolution, and the members of this boat have no choice but to get involved when they are required to travel up a dangerously guarded river to save a group of missionaries (one of them being an adorable and young ).  McQueen is stalwart in the lead, while  brings a lot of drama to his supporting role as a sailor who falls in love with a prostitute. It’s all very respectable stuff, but it also feels like it goes on forever.


USA, 1966

Directed by Robert Wise

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1966

Golden Globe Awards:  1966



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