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The Sand Pebbles (1966)

The Sand Pebbles (1966) Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. 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.


Candice Bergen and Steve McQueen have a laugh while rehearsing on the set of “The Sand Pebbles.” Taiwan. [1966] Photo: John R. Hamilton.