Sand Pebbles

McQueen, Steve

SKU: 024543452096

UPC 024543452096
Release Date 2009-05-12
Studio 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Discs 1
Length 179
Format Color
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis One of the most exciting and heart-wrenching epics ever made, THE SAND PEBBLES is a masterpiece of storytelling, with exceptional performances by a stellar cast. The complex tale begins simply enough in 1926 China, where a group of American soldiers are patrolling the Yangtze River on a gunboat called the San Pablo. The crew members, who call themselves Sand Pebbles, includes Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a dispassionate but capable navy machinist, and his only friend, Frenchy (Richard Attenborough), a sailor in love with an English-educated Chinese girl, Maily (Marayat Andriane), who has been sold into prostitution. Strong feelings of nationalism have been sweeping through China, however, and when Chiang Kai-shek moves against the feudal warlords, the United States decides to treat the upheaval as a civil war, and the San Pablo is ordered to confine its function to protection of American civilians in the area. Included among them are Mr. Jameson (Larry Gates), a missionary, and Shirley Eckert (Candice Bergen), a schoolteacher with whom Jake falls in love. Soon Jake finds himself in the middle of an international military crisis when his native assistant, Po-han (Mako), is brutally tortured in an attempt to draw the San Pablo's fire, and the boat's inexperienced and prideful captain (Richard Crenna) wants to give his humiliated ship and disgraced crew a chance for glory. THE SAND PEBBLES--with its expert cinematography, moving score, and riveting locations--is a memorable viewing experience brought to life by the multitalented director Robert Wise.An exceptional performance by Steve McQueen as a crew member of an American gunboat caught in a foreign struggle in post-World War I China highlights this thrilling tale. As tensions arise between the ready crew and their inexperienced captain, one of the sailors embarks on a doomed romance with an Asian woman. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Steve McQueen.Steve McQueen's greatest and only Oscar-nominated performance came in THE SAND PEBBLES....The movie is one of the most uncompromised blockbusters in Hollywood history...Marvelous photography...
Cast Robert Wise (Producer)
Charles Robinson (Star)
Marayat Andriane (Star)
Boris Leven (Production Designer)
Steve McQueen (Star)
Mako (Star)
Simon Oakland (Star)
Jerry Goldsmith (Composer)
Robert Wise (Director)
William H. Reynolds (Editor)
Joseph MacDonald (Director of Photography)
Larry Gates (Star)
Candice Bergen (Star)
Richard Attenborough (Star)
Robert Anderson (Screenwriter)
Richard Crenna (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Keep Case Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio - English Dolby Digital 4.0 - English Mono - French, Spanish Subtitles - English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean - Optional Additional Release Material: Behind the Scenes: The Making of THE SAND PEBBLES Alternate Scenes: Deleted Road Show Scenes (13) Isolated Audio Track: Musical Score (w/ Commentary by Nick Redman - Music Producer; Jon Burnlingame - Film Music Historian; Lem Dobbs - Film Historian Audio Commentary: Robert Wise - Director; Candice Bergen, Mako, Richard Crenna - Stars Featurette: 1. Steve McQueen Remembered 2. Bob Wise in Command 3. China 1926 4. A Ship Called San Pablo (1966) 5. The Secret of the San Pablo (1966) Trailers: 1. 20th Century Fox High Definition Previews 2. Theatrical Trailer Documentary: 1. Narrated by Richard Attenborough: Changsha Bund and The Streets of Taipei (audio) 2. Narrated by Richard Attenborough: A Ship Called San Pablo (audio) Interactive Features: Trivia - Trivia Track
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure
Attribute Additional Footage,Audio Described Content,SensorMatic,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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