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PT 109 (1963)

 -  Biography | Drama | War  -  19 June 1963 (USA)
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Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's war time 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... See full summary »

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Ensign Leonard J. Thom
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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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Charles 'Bucky' Harris
William Douglas ...
Gerald Zinser
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Edgar E. Mauer
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Edmund Drewitch
Sam Gilman ...
Raymond Starkey
Clyde Howdy ...
Leon Drawdy
Buzz Martin ...
Maurice Kowal
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Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's war time 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 Story you wouldn't believe happened...but it did!" See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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19 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Patrouillenboot PT 109  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The meaning of film's title "PT 109" is PT Boat 109 or Patrol Torpedo Boat 109 or Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109. PT is a symbol referring to a motor torpedo boat's hull classification symbol (aka hull codes aka hull numbers), in this case PT stands for Patrol Torpedo. Occasionally, movies will lend their titles to the numerical designation of a boat (See also: U-571 (2000)). 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

Edmund Drewitch: [reading a brief on Kennedy] Seems like all he ever did was go to school. He's had no sea duty. Says here he wrote a book.
Leon Drawdy: Sounds like he oughta be in charge of a library.
Charles 'Bucky' Harris: What's the name of the book?
Edmund Drewitch: 'Why England Slept.'
Charles 'Bucky' Harris: [around a cigar stub] Got any pictures in it?
Edmund Drewitch: Pigeons?
Charles 'Bucky' Harris: Pictures, idiot!
Edmund Drewitch: He's lookin' for pictures and I'm an idiot.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

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Excellent little war movie
13 January 2010 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie has some great characters, some nice action, humor, and is really enjoyable to watch. The fact that it's based on real life incidents from JFK's time in the Navy makes it that much better. There are some nice touches that show that the boat wasn't the best in the fleet and JFK wasn't shown as a Superman. One of my favorite movie lines is from this movie. The boat has been sunk, several men are hurt and JFK gives a little speech to try to raise everyone's spirits and concludes his positive spin by saying the "odds are with us". Robert Culp very irritated says "We are trapped behind enemy lines, no food, no medical supplies, no one knows where we are, Japanese patrols are all around us, how can you stand there and say the odds are with us??" JFK says "I guess it's a character flaw".

The 60s and 70s would have been so much better for everyone if JFK had 8 years in the White House.


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