The Sand Pebbles movie trailer - starring Richard Crenna, Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen, Steve McQueen, Marayat Andriane. Directed by Robert Wise. Genre: War
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China, 1926. The country is torn by revolution and exploited by foreigners. Jake Holman, an American sailor who serves as an engineer aboard the U.S.S. San Pablo, a gunboat which patrols the Yangtze River simply to maintain an American presence in China, wants no part of the whole messy situation and would prefer to simply stay below deck and keep the engines running. He is more at home with machines than people. He is forced to get involved when the gunboat is sent to rescue a group of missionaries upriver at the China Light Mission. Holman is made a part of the landing party and assigned to escort the missionaries back to the safety of the San Pablo. The spiritual life espoused at the mission affects him and draws him out of his shell. For once in his life, he feels a sense of belonging and falls in love with one of the missionaries, young Shirley Eckert, drawn to her innocence and compassion. Unfortunately, the lives of everyone there may be in danger due to the unstable political environment.
A Navy engineer finds himself mired in conflict when he's assigned to an American gunboat in the Yangtze River during the 1920s Chinese revolution.
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. 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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