Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

Director: Robert D. Webb Cast: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland


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At the time of its release, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef was considered more notable for its technical achievements than its artistic virtues, a judgment that is still valid, up to a point. It wasn't the most earth-shattering drama ever made, though the performances seem better than they were probably given credit for being at the time. 20th Century Fox's second Cinemascope production starred Robert Wagner (at the height of his male ingénue phase) and Terry Moore in a modern Romeo and Juliet story. He plays Tony Petrakis, the cocky but good-hearted son of Greek sponge fisherman Mike Petrakis (Gilbert Roland), who fishes the area off the Florida coast. The fiercest rivals of Petrakis and his fellow Greek fishermen are the English-descended hook-boat fishermen -- led by Thomas Rhys (Richard Boone) -- who are prepared to kill anyone who intrudes on their established territory. Mike Petrakis has already had one run-in with Arnold, a protégé of Rhys' and the would-be husband of Rhys' daughter, who doesn't know when to back off. In the midst of their conflict, which has come close to gunshots being exchanged, Tony meets Gwyneth Rhys (Terry Moore), Thomas' daughter. She's fascinated by this handsome young Greek who doesn't seem afraid to fight back against men bigger, older, and tougher than he is. The two end up falling in love, much to the consternation of their two families and their friends. Mike later dies in a tragic diving accident, in the aftermath of which his boat is looted and burned at the instigation of Arnold. The elder Rhys turns out to be a better and fairer man than Arnold, who mercilessly beats Tony after catching him off guard. Tony and Gwyneth end up running off together in her hook-boat, with Arnold and her father in hot pursuit, ready to kill him. Only Thomas Rhys' basic decency and Tony's bravery -- coupled with Arnold's cowardice, lust, and anger -- manages to get the conflict settled, in a surprising (and convincing) resolution.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/17/2013
UPC: 0024543901501
Original Release: 1953
Source: Fox Mod
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 58,467

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Wagner Tony Petrakis
Terry Moore Gwyneth Rhys
Gilbert Roland Mike Petrakis
J. Carrol Naish Soak
Richard Boone Thomas Rhys
Angela Clarke Mama
Peter Graves Arnold
Jay Novello Sinan
Jacques Aubuchon Sofotes
Gloria Gordon Penny
Harry Carey Griff
Charles Wagenheim Paul
Marc Krah Fat George
Jonathan Jackson Lt. Bryant
Frank Joyner Captain of Snapper
William Johnstone Crewman of Snapper
Rush Williams David Rhys

Technical Credits
Robert D. Webb Director
Robert Bassler Producer
A.I. Bezzerides Screenwriter
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer,Songwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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