Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)





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The son of a sponge diver falls in love with the daughter of his father's worst enemy in this story of star-crossed lovers. Visually impressive underwater photography and a number of notable action sequences, including a climactic battle with an octopus, help distinguish this romantic drama.

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Robert Wagner
as Tony Petrakis
Terry Moore
as Gwyneth Rhys
Gilbert Roland
as Mike Petrakis
J. Carroll Naish
as Socrates 'Soc' Houlis
Richard Boone
as Thomas Rhys
Marc Krah
as Fat George
Rush Williams
as David Rhys
Jonathan Jackson
as Lt. Bryant (uncredited)
Guy Carleton
as Jamison (uncredited)
Frank Joyner
as Captain of 'Snapper' (uncredited)
Jack Pappas
as Deckhand on the 'Helios' (uncredited)
William Johnstone
as Crewman of 'Snapper' (uncredited)
Jack Burke
as Conch (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

All Critics (4)

The film certainly looks great, the Technicolor and CinemaScope mix really pops, but it's all in service of a paper-thin plot, blandly executed by Robert Wagner and Terry Moore's dull leads.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

You can bet all the sponges in the ocean that this is no work of Shakespeare.

September 11, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

Filmed in beautiful Tarpon Springs, Florida, this trinket of lurid passion concerns the ethnic and financial tensions between the local American homeboys versus the pushy, dirty, "you-know-how-they-are", immigrant Greeks ("why don't you go back to where you came from!!!"). The fight plays out over sponge diving rights at a time when Florida was where most of the sponges were. Greek Adonis boy (Wagner in curly black hair) is caught looking a little too hard at fresh as a daisy American girl (Moore, in a tight button-down shirt and tight shorts!), and you just know that that ain't gonna happen. Romeo and Juliet then in sunny Florida ... where there's a giant octopus that needs love as well ... Beneath the 12 Mile Reef!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Beautiful underwater photography but hokey beyond belief!

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This one takes place down in Florida, near Key West, its about the sponge farmers, the Greeks vs the Conch's (Local Key Westerns) back in the day. A young Robert Wagner loses his girl to a Greek, she runs off and gets married, Dam Greeks. Anyway its a good one if you like the ole shool movies. Its in my Collection will you add it to yours.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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