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The Sand Pebbles
Best Current version is the SE 2 DVD set, which is 16/9 enhanced, is in the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the film,
and features a boatload of extra features.
Click this link for full details:
2 DISK SPECIAL EDITION|
Set in China during the Boxer Rebellion of 1926, aboard a Naval vessel called the U.S.S. San Pablo.
Steve McQueen recieved his first and last Academy Award nomination for his emotionally touching and powerful performance as ship's engineer Jake Holman.
|The USS San Pablo|
The crew of the U.S.S. San Pablo patrol China's Yangtze River as part of the American "peace keeping effort" in the region. Up until now their mission has mainly involved maintaining a commanding appearance in order to keep the local population passive. This all changes with the coming of the Bolshevik revolution, and the story follows their adventures as the political uprising puts them in a critically dangerous position.
|Mako and Steve McQueen|
McQueen stars as Jake Holman, the ships new engineer. We first meet Holman as he boards his latest transfer assignment (the San Pablo).
Things do not go smoothly for Holman aboard his new boat, as he refuses to follow the crews unconventional tradition of using 'coolie' (cheap local workers) labour to run the ships engine room. Before too long he has made a few enemies in the crew. But he also makes a few friends in the form of Frenchie (Richard Attenborough) and Po-Han (Mako). Frenchie and Po-Han must face their own enemies in due course, and Holman will become caught up in their worlds too.
|Steve McQueen and Candice Bergen
Holman has led a lonely existence up until now, but when he meets a young missionary teacher (played by Candice Bergen), we feel that his luck is about to change. His relationship with her moves along slowly, but eventually she begins to win his heart.
|The Sand Pebbles was a major critical success, recieving Academy Award nominations for
best actor, best supporting actor, best picture, best cinematography,
best art direction, best film editing, best original score, and best sound.|
For an extensive look into this movie please visit Crispin Garcia's The Sand Pebbles website.