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Steve McQueen received his only Academy Award nomination for his performance in this epic-scale war drama, based on the novel by Richard McKenna. In 1926, as China teeters on the edge of political revolution in the midst of a civil war, the USS San Pablo , is ordered to patrol the Yangtze River to represent and protect American interests. While the San Pablo may be an American ship, much of the labor is actually performed by Chinese locals willing to work for American money, while stern but inexperienced commanding ...

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Apr 28, 2011

Excellent historical drama

The Sand Pebbles is an excellent historical drama that captures the atmosphere of the US gunboat Navy in China at the start of the Boxer Rebellion. Steve McQueen and Richard Attenbourough are outstanding. An absorbing film. Highly recommended.

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