The Sand Pebbles
The Sand Pebbles (1966)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Steve McQueen gives a dominant performance in Robert Wise's ambitious but flawed period drama, which offers interesting parallels to the US involvment in Vietnam.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A fine old-school picture...elevated further by its progressive themes. [Blu-Ray]

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Steve McQueen Rocks!!!!!!!!!

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The drama wavers between being compelling and reaching too far for greater historical significance, that it loses its bearings.

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Steve McQueen is great, and Candace Bergen is breathtakingly beautiful.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Overlong, moderately entertaining "epic"

Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Underrated Robert Wise classic starring McQueen in his finest acting role.

Emanuel Levy
Screendaily

There are hints and parallels in this period drama set in 1926 with what was still happening in Vietnam, but writer Richard Anderson and director Robert Wise weren't sure what kind of message they wanted to send; Steve McQueen is good, though.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Classic war tale suffers from unwieldly running time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is further proof that Robert Wise was one of the most versatile and diverse directors out there. Set in China in 1926, this is the story of a burnt out… More
Ken Stachnik
Really really okay. Some great parts, but overall it's another one of those melodramatic war films that were popular in the 50's & 60's
Christian C
Wonderful film with a wonderful story.
Lanning : )
I was home. What happened? What the hell happened? <p> Geez, now I'm gonna have to add Steve McQueen to my favorite actor list. Amazing how you can… More
Randy Tippy
An apathetic American sailor gets caught in the crossfire between ill-fated western colonialism and the Chinese revolution. A compelling drama full of passion… More
John Ballantine
I will always remember this film as one introduced to me by my Quebecois roommate when I was learning to speak French. McQueen lacks chemistry with Bergen but… More