NEW Sand Pebbles (DVD)
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This is the story of one Jake Holman, a sailor in the American gunboat navy in China. The Navy's mission is to protect American/Western missionaries, businessmen, their lives and property. Holman serves on the USS San Pablo, known to her crew as the "Sand Pebble." Holman has a passion for engines, and sought to serve on the Sand Pebble on the notion that his engineering expertise would make him valuable and autonomous aboard. Instead, he learns that each American sailor has a Chinese servant who actually performs all of that sailor's routine duties. Holman is thus effectively prevented from performing his engineering role. Nor are the Chinese, untrained in engineering and acting by wrote, able to safely handle the ship's power plant. An undercurrent to the story is Holman's struggle to get control of the management of the ship's antiquated but essential engines.
Holman's struggles to establish his place on the ship take place against the panorama of a China seeking to throw off foreign domination and become a modern nation-state. This is the larger story, effectively presented in this excellent film.
This film is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name. The cinamatography is superb, and the DVD appears to be a pretty good transfer from the original film. Recommended.
This is simply a classic of movie-making regardless of genre, era, or actors. It is top-notch in every respect.Read more ›
Steve McQueen fully deserved his nomination for Best Actor for his performance as Jake Holman. He became famous for playing the brooding loner, and this performance is no different. Richard Attenborough is also very good as one of Jake's few allies on the ship, Frenchy Burgoyne. Richard Crenna is excellent as the captain of the San Pablo who refuses to question their orders, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. Candice Bergen is very good in one of her first roles as a missionary working with the Chinese people who befriends Jake. The DVD offers widescreen presentation, theatrical trailers, radio documentaries and spots, and commentary by the director. For an excellent movie with fully believable characters, a great story, and well choreographed action scenes, check out The Sand Pebbles!
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A sailor is assigned to a new ship in 1926. The ship is to patrol around China. Turns out there are Chinese men that work on the ship as it can not run without them.(? Read morePublished 9 months ago by ellison
My love of Steve McQueen had me watching this moovie and was not very pleased have loaned it to my son in law with the waning to please return want to watch it more timesPublished 22 months ago by Cherry blair
Excellent movie, I would recommend it to anyone. Acting is great, scenery is good. A little long but well worth the time involved.Published on Nov. 25 2013 by Margaret McGregor
First movie I ever saw in a theatre that had an intermission in the middle of it. Steve McQueen is an awesome actor and he did a super job on this one.Published on Nov. 10 2013 by Diane Edwards
Great performance by a truly gifted and troubled man. STEVE MCQUEEN LIVES FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS and the films he made.Published on May 19 2013 by Chales V. Jones
I don't care if it's a metaphor for Vietnam because it's a good movie and a good story. The acting is fantastic and the action keeps you going. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Ken Bailey
I have now got every movie that Steve McQueen made. He was a great talent, as is seen in this movie, and has to be one of his great performances, along with Papillon.Published on July 12 2003 by Lawrence G Davis
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