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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 2 December 1953 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writer:

A.I. Bezzerides
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Drama

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Trivia

Famous puppeteer Jack Shafton made the miniature figures used in underwater sequences. See more »

Goofs

Sponges are harvested (at least in Florida) on the protected West Coast (as in Tarpon Springs) where this movie was shot. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The Platinum DVD release removes the scene of Mike (Gilbert Roland) forcing Arnold (Peter Graves) to eat a cigar. See more »

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Featured in A Century of Cinema (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played on the juke box when Tony and Gwyneth dance
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How deep is love?
4 July 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Robert Webb directs this terrific underwater adventure. Two families of different ethnic background rival for sponges in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida. One family of Greek decent is led by Mike Petrakis(Gilbert Roland)and his son Tony(Robert Wagner). Their efforts of diving for valuable sponges are thwarted by Thomas Rhys(Richard Boone)and his team of divers. Arnold(Peter Graves)is the aggressive diver that leads raids on the Petrakis sponge hauls as well as competes with young Tony for the affection of Gwyneth Rhys(Terry Moore). Highlights are Wagner fighting with an octopus; Moore in a swimsuit; and the great underwater scenes. Notice Wagner's dyed black hair. In supporting roles are two veteran actors J. Carrol Naish and Jay Novello. It is said this is the third movie filmed in Cinemascope. It garnered critical acclaim for the breakthrough underwater cinematography.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

2 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef See more »

Filming Locations:

Nassau, Bahamas See more »

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Budget:

$1,560,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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