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PT 109 (1963)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 19 June 1963 (USA)
During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.

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Cast

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Commander C.R. Ritchie
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Ensign George 'Barney' Ross
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Lt. Alvin Cluster
Lew Gallo ...
Yeoman Rogers
Errol John ...
Benjamin Kevu
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Lt. Reginald Evans
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Gunner's Mate Charles 'Bucky' Harris
William Douglas ...
Gerard Zinser
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Seaman Edgar E. Mauer (as Biff Elliott)
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Machinist Edmund Drewitch
Sam Gilman ...
Raymond Starkey
Clyde Howdy ...
Machinist Leon Drawdy
Buzz Martin ...
Gunner's Mate Maurice Kowal
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Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's wartime experiences during which he captained a PT boat, took it to battle and had it sunk by a Japanese destroyer. He and the survivors had to make their way to an island, find food and shelter and signal the Navy for rescue. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The true story of Lt. John F. Kennedy's incredible adventure in the South Pacific! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

PT Boat 109  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eroni Kumana, islander credited with saving JFK and PT-109 crew during WWII, died at 93 on August 2 2014 according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. See more »

Goofs

When PT109 is coming into Rendova, the bow of the boat is coasting in around 10 mph. The next scene shows Ritchie on the after deck with the wake showing the engines at full power. See more »

Quotes

Ens. Leonard J. Thom: [reporting aboard the PT109] Mr. Kennedy? Ensign Leonard Thom, your exec.
[they exchange salutes]
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Oh, hi. Glad to meet you, Leonard.
[they shake hands]
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Welcome aboard.
Ens. Leonard J. Thom: [looking around the boat] How long did they give you to put it in shape?
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Well, we've used about half the time just talking right here.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

99 Bottles of Beer
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Traditional
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PR 101
13 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's easy to see why this one had the full cooperation of the Kennedy administration. Cliff Robertson smiles his way through his portrayal of a young JFK without even hinting at any negative attributes of the man. Still with all that said, this is a decent enough movie. Very pleasant in its telling of what is essentially a factual tale. Plus it's a blast seeing all of those character actors who would later make their marks in television series (Robert Blake, Norman Fell, Robert Culp, George Gaynes and my favorite "Barney Miller's" James Gregory) But at 2 hours, 20 minutes, this movie does begin to feel longer than Kennedy's tenure.


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