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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 2 December 1953 (USA)
Fierce competition among sponge fishermen forces a Greek-American family to fish in the dangerous 12-mile reef area off the western coast of Florida.

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Tony Petrakis
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Gwyneth Rhys
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Mike Petrakis
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Socrates 'Soc' Houlis
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Thomas Rhys
Angela Clarke ...
Mama Petrakis
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Arnold Dix
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Sinan
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Demetrios Sofotes
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Penny Petrakis
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Griff Rhys
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Mike and Tony Petrakis are a Greek father and son team who dive for sponges off the coast of Florida. After they are robbed by crooks, Arnold and the Rhys brothers, Mike decides to take his men to the dangerous 12-mile reef to dive for more sponges. Mike suffers a fatal accident when he falls from the reef leaving Tony to carry on the business. But now he has a companion, Gwyneth Rhys. Written by Kelly

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For many years it was widely believed that the failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright had resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market were either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) 16mm pan/scan television copies of the film purchased on the underground market. The legal status of the film was eventually resolved by 20th Century-Fox, and the movie was rescued from public domain so that a quality DVD could be released through Fox Cinema Archives. Fans are now able to enjoy the movie with stereo sound and a quality picture--complete with the "lost" scene in which Gilbert Roland stuffs a cigar into Peter Graves' mouth after beating him in a fistfight. See more »

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Tony Petrakis: [to Gwyneth Rhys] Hey, you want to know what my real name is? Adonis. My mother named me after a Greek god. I'm a beautiful young man.
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It Had to Be You
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Music by Isham Jones
Played on the juke box when Tony and Gwyneth dance
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" The Reef waits for you with it's arms, ready to embrace you forever "
20 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a story which was written by A.I.Bezzerides and directed by Robert D. Webb. It tells the story of two rival families who live off the Florida coast. Although related by origin, they separate themselves by the ethnic families. First is a Father and son team, Mike Petrakis and his son played by Gilbert Roland and Robert Wagner. Their rival family and Sponge divers as well is Richard Boone, the patriarch and his son, played by none other than Peter Graves as Arnold. Both families work hard at diving in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, for their precious cargo of Sponges. The only area where they both dare not venture is "The Twelve Mile Reef. " Although the reef and nearby waters are too dangerous to dive into, the area is claimed by Boone and his family. Not hampered by superstition, Wagner and his father chance the dangerous waters, when tragedy strikes which leads to confrontation between the families. Their blood feud escalates when Boone's daughter favors Wagner which leads to theft and arson. The movie is beautiful with it's panorama of the sea and it's majestic underwater cinematography. The action is slow to develop, but the dialog keeps it's pace. The actors are top grade and the movie captures enough physical action to make this not only a great film but moves itself into the Classic category. It is enhanced with the additional cast members such as Terry Moore, Gwyneth Rhys, Angela Clarke, Jay Novello and Jacques Aubuchon as Demetrios Sofotes. A great story from a great time and one recommended to all audiences. ****


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