The Sand Pebbles: A war epic

Release Date : December 20, 1966
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Duration: 3h 2m
Rating: 3.75/5
Director Richard Wise
WriterRobert Anderson
Produced byRobert Wise
StarsSteve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen
Cinematography              Joseph MacDonald
Edited by             William Reynolds
Music by              Jerry Goldsmith
Production Design byBoris Leven
Production companies20th Century Fox

“The system you got on this ship is what killed him, sir” – Jake Holman

What is it about

The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American epic war film directed by Robert Wise in Panavision. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy machinist’s mate (Jake Holman), first class, aboard the fictional river gunboat USS San Pablo, on Yangtze Patrol in 1920s China. 

Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) just wants to be a good engineer and is best happy with the machines. However, troubles erupt when his nature collides with events around him, on the ship and on the shore. Will he find his haven? Will his new romance help him tide over the rough seas of war?

‘The Sand Pebbles ‘takes us through this journey of epic proportions.

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Excellence in all crafts

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Over 3 hours duration

Final verdict

The movie doesn’t disappoint a patient viewer and succeeds in transporting him/her to an a long gone by era. All actors do a fabulous job, especially Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough, who give their all for the role that secured several Award nominations. Excellent production design, cinematography and music makes the movie an engaging fare.

Management Concepts/ Lessons/ References

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.”
W. Edwards Deming

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
― Dalai Lama

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