#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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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A beautiful film
I get tired of hearing how “they don’t make them like that any more,” but it’s hard to imagine THE SAND PEBBLES being made today. If a current movie is three hours long, you can bet it’s because the director has fallen in love with himself, not because the material merits it. THE SAND PEBBLES succeeds on just about every level: It is a compelling and complex story; it is beautifully filmed; the acting is mostly excellent; and there is a tremendous score. (Can you imagine a film today having an overture? Rampant adult ADD prohibits it.) The three hours gives you time to get to know the characters, sink into the Chinese setting, and become involved in the story. Just a little thing to notice, right at the start: Watch how McQueen fiddles with his napkin in the formal dining room. He’s out of place, and doesn’t know what to do with it; it’s the kind of physical bit that McQueen does so well to elaborate his character. Credit must also be given to the late Richard Crenna. His captain of the San Pablo is a complex and conflicted character, and Crenna, while carrying off a largely formal role, delivers a very nuanced and moving performance. THE SAND PEBBLES is a movie for grown-ups, largely forgotten today but well worth your time.
Still a strong film after 47 years
I had seen this film of war torn 1926 China in the theater when it first came out, and for that time period it was very different, if not shocking at times. Some would argue it is too long, and maybe some scenes are, but that helps to develop the characters very well.
Looking at the film today, what really stands out for me today is that one could argue that Richard Crenna(Captain Collins) deserved an Oscar for best supporting actor, as his performance came close to upstaging Steve Mc Queen, who was of course outstanding.
I bought the two disc special edition recently(highly recommended), and loaned the film to a couple of my friends and colleagues at the university where I work, and they both liked it. One, who has worked in China extensively believes it to be a fairly realistic looking film of the country and its people. My other friend, who had never heard of the film, watched it and thought it was good also.
In other words, here is a film from almost half a century ago, that still captivates first time viewers with outstanding acting, direction, photography, and music. And yes, I bought the two disc music soundtrack also.
The Sand Pebbles is an outstanding period film of historical fiction.
Original Language en
Runtime 3 hr 2 min (182 min), 3 hr 13 min (193 min) (Sweden), 3 hr 16 min (196 min) (BBFC submission before censorship) (UK), 3 hr 16 min (196 min) (roadshow) (USA)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Director Robert Wise
Writer Richard McKenna (novel), Robert Anderson (screenplay)
Actors Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen
Awards Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations.
Production Company Solar Productions, 20th Century Fox
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System), Mono (35 mm optical prints) (Westrex Recording System), 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 5,280 m (Sweden, 35 mm), 6,600 m (Sweden, 70 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm