Sand Pebbles, The

20th Century Fox   (1966) / Region 1
Sand Pebbles, The

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Sand Pebbles, The

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this "fascinating" (The New York Times) action-drama chronicles a volatile time in history and will resonate with generations to come. Directed with a "deft" (Life) hand by Oscar winner Robert Wise (The Sound Of Music), The Sand Pebbles earned Steve McQueen his only Oscar nomination and also stars Richard Attenborough and Candice Bergen.

1926 China. Engineer Jake Holman (McQueen) is transferred to the USS San Pablo, a gunboat patrolling the troubled waters of the Yangtze River. As Chinese factions battle around them, the crew has one singular mission: to protect American interests in the region... without provoking an international incident. But as hostility over the U.S. presence in the river intensifies, Holman and his sole ally (Attenborough) know their latest assignment - to save a U.S. missionary (Bergen) - could be their last!


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 13 2007
  • Production Year 1966
  • Empire SKU 1313579
  • UPC Code 024543440581
  • Studio  20th Century Fox
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English, French and Spanish


Audio Commentary with Director Robert Wise and Actors Candice Bergen, Mako and Richard Crenna
Isolated Score Track with Commentary by Music Producer Nick Redman, Film Music Historian Jon Burlingame, and Lem Dobbs, Film Historian and Screenwriter of The Limey and Dark City
Roadshow Version of The Sand Pebbles with Introductions by Robert Wise and Richard Zanuck
The Making of The Sand Pebbles Featurettes: Weighing Anchor, Cast & Characters, Rough Seas, McQueen On Deck, Sound & Image, A Worthy Vessel
Side Bars: Steve McQueen Remembered, Robert Wise in Command, China 1926
From the FOX Vault: A Ship Called San Pablo - Narrated by Richard Attenborough, The Secret Of San Pablo - Narrated by Richard Crenna, Radio Documentaries Narrated by Richard Attenborough: Changsha Bund And The Streets Of Taipei, A Ship Called San Pabo
Radio Spots
Original Theatrical Trailer
Stills Galleries
MAD Magazine's The Sam Pebbles


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 4.0 [CC]
    English Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
    French Dolby Digital Stereo
    Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

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