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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 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.

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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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The triumphant adventure of those who plunder the ocean floor for booty, for power, for love! See more »

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

2 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Höllenriff 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:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 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 »

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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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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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No masterpiece but entertaining
24 June 2006 | by matchettjaSee all my reviews

There are some films that can't be labeled as classics, but they have a good story and are generally entertaining. I would say this one falls into that category. Don't look for great acting. If you can imagine Robert Wagner as an ebullient young Greek, then you'll know what I mean. The story centers on some fishing families in coastal Florida and competition to get a good harvest of sponges. Most areas have been over-harvested and to get a good haul, father and son Mike and Tony Petrakis (Roland and Wagner) are forced to go to the 12-mile reef, a dangerous place where divers might slip off the reef and get the bends when they come back up. In the meantime, Tony falls for the non-Greek daughter (Moore) of a rival fishing family who stole their sponges from them. The cinematography, in Cinemascope, is attractive as is the music score, a treat for both eyes and ears. When the divers are in the water, composer Bernard Herrmann really whips it up, with harps and everything. While no masterpiece, "Reef" is, for me, satisfying.


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