The Sand Pebbles

The Sand Pebbles (1966)

This is the heroic story of the men on the U.S.S. San Pablo who disturbed the sleeping dragon of savage China as the threatened world watched in breathless terror.

  • Genre: Adventure, War, Drama
  • Release Date: 1966-12-20
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 233 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 16min
  • Language: 普通话
  • Production Company: Robert Wise Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Robert Wise
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From 233 Ratings


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.

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  • Steve McQueen

    as Jake Holman
  • Richard Attenborough

    as Frenchy Burgoyne
  • Richard Crenna

    as Captain Collins
  • Candice Bergen

    as Shirley Eckert
  • Mako

    as Po-han
  • Larry Gates

    as Jameson
  • Charles Robinson

    as Ensign Bordelles
  • Simon Oakland

    as Stawski
  • Ford Rainey

    as Harris
  • Joe Turkel

    as Bronson
  • Gavin MacLeod

    as Crosley
  • Joe Di Reda

    as Shanahan
  • Richard Loo

    as Major Chin
  • Barney Phillips

    as Franks
  • James Hong

    as Victor Shu
  • Gus Trikonis

    as Restorff
  • Emmanuelle Arsan

    as Maily
  • Shepherd Sanders

    as Perna
  • James Jeter

    as Farren
  • Tom Middleton

    as Jennings
  • Paul Chun

    as Cho-jen
  • Tommy Lee

    as Chien
  • Beulah Quo

    as Mama Chunk
  • Stephen Jahn

    as Haythorn
  • Alan Hopkins

    as Wilsey
  • Stephen Ferry

    as Lamb
  • Ted Fish

    as Wellbeck
  • Loren Janes

    as Coleman
  • Glenn R. Wilder

    as Waldron
  • Robert Kelly-Schleyer

    as Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
Directing Robert Wise Director
Production Robert Wise Producer
Art Boris Leven Production Design
Sound Jerry Goldsmith Original Music Composer
Editing William Reynolds Editor
Sound Murray Spivack Sound
Production Charles H. Maguire Associate Producer
Directing Charles H. Maguire Second Unit Director
Art Walter M. Scott Set Decoration
Sound Bernard Freericks Sound
Sound Lionel Newman Conductor
Production Steve McQueen Executive Producer
Art John Sturtevant Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Ben Nye Makeup Artist
Camera Joseph MacDonald Director of Photography
Art William Kiernan Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Renié Costume Design
Writing Robert Anderson Screenplay
Crew Glenn R. Wilder Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Margaret Donovan Hairstylist
Crew Bill Saito Stunts
Crew Larry Duran Stunts
Costume & Make-Up William Turner Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Del Acevedo Makeup Artist
Crew Loren Janes Stunt Double
Production Saul Wurtzel Unit Production Manager
Crew Gil Perkins Stunts
Writing Richard McKenna Novel
Directing Ridgeway Callow Assistant Director
Sound Douglas O. Williams Sound
Sound David Tamkin Orchestrator
Costume & Make-Up Ed Wynigear Wardrobe Master
Crew Gerald Endler Special Effects