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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

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

Beautiful underwater photography but hokey beyond belief!

jay nixon
jay nixon

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wagner wears a ridiculous curly-haired wig in this (he's italian, guys) but you forgive him cuz he's got such a nice smile

Harim Kim
Harim Kim

Interesting to see Wagner as a young man. The performances were well done, good as the acting of the day required. The movie is based around a toiling sea farming business that environmentalist would have a breakdown watching: sea sponge extraction. The backdrop to the movie however could have been about almost any other industry and the conflict anf the story could still make sense. Wagner is lovely on the screen and brings a lot of energy. The story is a strong one but some things are left open to speculation and could have been tightened up with more time or a passing word here or there. I enjoyed this movie just to see Wagner youthful but turned out to learn omething about an industry I should have known much more about. This film could be remade and it would still have a grab to a new audience.

Yoli G
Yoli G

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