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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
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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
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Raymond Starkey
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Machinist Leon Drawdy
Buzz Martin ...
Gunner's Mate Maurice Kowal
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Storyline

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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kennedy's participation in the rescue of Marines from Choiseul actually happened but not with PT 109. That action actually involved PT 59 which was Kennedy's first command after PT 109. The rescue occurred three months to the day after PT 109 was destroyed. 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

Charles 'Bucky' Harris: Good afternoon, sir. Crew's compartment ready for inspection. Harris, Gunner's Mate Second, standing by.
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Good afternoon.
[He looks around, and then opens one of the lockers. On the inside of the door is a picture of a luscious pin-up girl]
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Somebody's kid sister?
Charles 'Bucky' Harris: Sorry, sir.
Lt. John F. Kennedy: He's very sorry, sir.
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Oh, no, no. Don't apologize... the most seaworthy thing I've seen on this boat.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Lemon of Troy (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

99 Bottles of Beer
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Traditional
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entertainment, but not history
27 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie in the sixties, and have seen it several times over the years. It is entertaining, and very positive in it's portrayal of a young JFK. It is more of a love letter to JFK from Hollywood than a authentic retelling of history, however. This was done when the United States was in the midst of a romance with the new "Camelot", and accordingly much artistic license was taken at the expense of a authentic and unbiased depiction of the episode. Perhaps the film was meant to capture more of the spirit of the time than to portray strictly the hard facts of the event. In any case, it is still an enjoyable movie and is worth watching.


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