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

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Steve McQueen as “Jake Holman”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mako as “Po-Han”)
Best Art Direction (Color) (art direction: Boris Leven; set decoration: Walter M. Scott, John Sturtevant, William Kiernan)
Best Cinematography (Color) (Joseph MacDonald)
Best Film Editing (William Reynolds)
Best Music (Original Music Score) (Jerry Goldsmith)
Best Picture (Robert Wise, producer)
Best Sound (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran, sound director)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Richard Attenborough)

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Steve McQueen)
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Robert Wise)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Mako)
Best Screenplay (Robert Anderson)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Robert Wise)



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