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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
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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
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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
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)
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Narrator (uncredited)
Jonathan Jackson ...
Lt. Bryant (uncredited)
William Johnstone ...
Crewman of 'Snapper' (uncredited)
Frank Joyner ...
Captain of 'Snapper' (uncredited)
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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)
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David Rhys (uncredited)
Milton B. Wright ...
Buyer at Sponge Market (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert D. Webb

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A.I. Bezzerides ... (written by)

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Robert Bassler ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

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Edward Cronjager ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William Reynolds

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Lyman Hallowell ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Owen McLean ... (uncredited)

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George Patrick
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

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Fred J. Rode

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Dorothy Jeakins

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Gene Bryant ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Joseph E. Rickards ... assistant director
Jack Sonntag ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Wurtzel ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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W.D. Flick ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
Ray Craddock ... sound editor (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Ray Kellogg ... special photographic effects

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Nick Karakos ... stunt double (uncredited)
Jack N. Young ... stunts (uncredited)

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Til Gabani ... underwater photographer (as Till Gabbani)
Henry Gerzen ... key grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

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Bernard Herrmann ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann ... music arranger (uncredited)

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Leonard Doss ... technicolor color consultant
Howard Lightbourn ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Tempête sous la mer (France)
  • El arrecife de la muerte (Spain)
  • Duelo en el fondo del mar (Spain)
  • Kaksintaistelu merenpohjalla (Finland)
  • Strid på havets botten (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Budget $1,560,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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