Beneath the 12-Mile Reef is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Robert D. Webb. The screenplay by A. I. Bezzerides was inspired by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The film was the third motion picture made in Cinemascope, coming after The Robe and How to Marry a Millionaire.
Mike and Tony Petrakis are Greek American father and son sponge diving entrepreneurs who find themselves in competition with the Rhys family, WASP fishermen who are prepared to resort to violence and even murder to maintain their established fishing grounds off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Run-ins between the two clans lead to an exchange of threats and all-out brawls. Further complications ensue when Tony Petrakis meets Gwyneth Rhys, and the two fall in love.
The film was shot on location in Key West and Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Robert Wagner ..... Tony Petrakis
Terry Moore ..... Gwyneth Rhys
Gilbert Roland ..... Mike Petrakis
J. Carroll Naish ..... Socrates 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
Rev. Theophilus Karaphillis.....Greek Priest at Epiphany
Edward Cronjager was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and Robert D. Webb was nominated for the Grand Prize at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival.
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