The Sand Pebbles

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The Sand Pebbles

missionary china u.s. navy chinese battle gunboat

The Sand Pebbles

Release Date: December 20, 1966

Year    :   1966
Slogan    :   «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.»
Genres    :   Adventure, War
Production Companies    :   Robert Wise Productions, Solar Productions, 20th Century Fox
Director    :   Robert Wise
Producers    :   Robert Wise, Charles H. Maguire, Steve McQueen, Saul Wurtzel
Writers    :   Robert Anderson, Richard McKenna
RunTime    :   182 mins.
Budget    :   12000000
Revenue    :   20000000

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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