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
Filmed in Tarpon Springs, FL. As of 2019 is it still the home of the natural sponge industry in the US, and has the highest percentage of Greek-Americans of any city in the country. See more »
Sponges are harvested (at least in Florida) on the protected West Coast (as in Tarpon Springs) where this movie was shot. See more »
[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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The Platinum DVD release cuts the nighttime fight at around the one-hour mark shorter. Most noticeably some dialogue ("Better be not here tomorrow morning, do you hear? You'd better clear out!") has been omitted. See more »
It Had to Be You
Music by Isham Jones
Played on the juke box when Tony and Gwyneth dance See more »
A great movie from 20th Century Fox
I saw this film on NBC's "Saturday Night at the Movies" in the middle 1960s, and I loved it. It has a great cast, a great music score by Bernard Herrmann, and a great story.
Be sure to watch it in "letterbox", if you can. The Cinemascope composition is important to the the story -- and the stereo sound is wonderful. But you'll enjoy it in "full screen" and monaural, too, if that's the only way you can see it.
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