Tarpon Springs on the screen

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 24, 2007

Past films or TV shows featuring Tarpon Springs or its immediate surroundings include:

Savannah Point, between Lake Tarpon and Keystone, outside of town, has been used to replicate a neighborhood in Cleveland.

Beneath the 12-mile Reef (1953)

A movie starring Robert Wagner, Gilbert Roland and Peter Graves. It was based on a real conflict at sea between spongers from Tarpon Springs and Key West.

Stavro: A Spiritual Journey, later retitled To Kill a Lawyer (1999)

A semiautobiographical film produced by Tarpon Springs attorney Steve Stavrakis, who retrieved the Epiphany cross in 1980.

In 2003, a film crew shot scenes for a documentary about infamous jewel thief Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy, above, in an office overlooking the Sponge Docks.

The Punisher (2004)

A comic book action movie starring John Travolta, shot scenes at Matt Geiger's mansion on Keystone Road, just outside of town.

16 Fathoms Deep (1948)

A movie filmed in Tarpon Springs starring Lloyd Bridges and Lon Chaney Jr.

Three Witnesses (2001)

A movie made for the property-casualty insurance industry, shot an accident scene near Dodecanese Boulevard and N Pinellas Avenue.