Cinema: A Slow Boat to China

The Sand Pebbles is a thought-provoking ad for the American way of political life. In the midst of a war that is continually costing the U.S. more in both money and lives, a major U.S. studio and a major U.S. director, Robert (The Sound of Music) Wise, have invested some $12 million in an angry if indirect attack on U.S. policy in Viet Nam. What's more, they will probably get their money back, even though this film version of Richard McKenna's 1962 bestseller turns out to be just a Panavision placard crammed with peacenik...

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