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Release Date:
2 December 1953 (USA) See more »
You see it without special glasses !
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Wagner ... Tony Petrakis

Terry Moore ... Gwyneth Rhys

Gilbert Roland ... Mike Petrakis

J. Carrol Naish ... Socrates 'Soc' Houlis

Richard Boone ... Thomas Rhys

Angela Clarke ... Mama Petrakis

Peter Graves ... Arnold Dix

Jay Novello ... Sinan

Jacques Aubuchon ... Demetrios Sofotes

Gloria Gordon ... Penny Petrakis

Harry Carey Jr. ... Griff Rhys
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Burke ... Conch (uncredited)
Guy Carleton ... Jamison (uncredited)
John Conatos ... Jemmy (uncredited)
Jack English ... Doctor (uncredited)
John George Gladakis ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Eugene Halpin ... Long Arm (uncredited)
James Harakas ... Card (uncredited)

Rock Hudson ... Narrator (uncredited)
Jonathan Jackson ... Lt. Bryant (uncredited)
William Johnstone ... Crewman of 'Snapper' (uncredited)
Frank Joyner ... Captain of 'Snapper' (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Fat George (uncredited)
John Lehman ... Conch (uncredited)
James McLaughlin ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Demetrios I. Mitsoras ... Deckhand on the 'Helios' (uncredited)
Jack Pappas ... Deckhand on the 'Helios' (uncredited)
Michael Pappas ... Sailor on the 'Helios' (uncredited)
George Psourakis ... Young Priest (uncredited)
Ski Skewes ... Conch (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Paul (uncredited)

Rush Williams ... David Rhys (uncredited)
Milton B. Wright ... Buyer at Sponge Market (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert D. Webb 
Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (written by)

Produced by
Robert Bassler .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Casting by
Owen McLean (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George Patrick 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Fred J. Rode 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gene Bryant .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
Jack Sonntag .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Wurtzel .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Ray Craddock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Nick Karakos .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Til Gabani .... underwater photographer (as Till Gabbani)
Henry Gerzen .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Howard Lightbourn .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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102 min | Spain:95 min (DVD edition)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (cut) | UK:U (re-rating) (uncut) | USA:Approved (PCA #16484) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

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 »
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.See more »
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