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PT 109 (1963)

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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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Cast

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Patrouillenboot PT 109  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Rogers starts down the ladder to tell the officers they are approaching Tulagi, he is wearing a white hat. An instant later, as he emerges below decks, the hat is gone. The white object in his left hand are the documents the officer gave him on deck. See more »

Goofs

When Cmdr. Ritchie spills the coffee on his shirt, he is seen at the mess table in PT 109's forward crew's quarters, but when he emerges on deck to see what has happened, he comes up through a hatch at the stern of the boat under the 20mm gun. This hatch is to the lazarette, a small workroom to the rear of the engine room. Ritchie would have had to (quite needlessly) pass through almost the entire boat below decks from bow to stern (front to rear) - through the galley, the wardroom, the dayroom, the engine room, and the lazarette - to emerge from that hatch, passing four other hatches to the deck on the way. 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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JFK not blown away, what more do I have to say?
3 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an exciting film.

First of all, it is an action war film about a PT boat.

Second, it is based on the actual career of future beloved president, John F. Kennedy.

Cliff Robertson finds his best portrayals as men with a bit of a liberal in conservative environments. When one sees and hears Coff speak, one envisions a man who "cares" more than the law permits.

It makes him a natural to play JFK.

The rest of the cast is pretty much a semi star studded affair. Gregory, who comes across as the Irish cop sort of Barney Miller, is great in authority figure roles. Here, he has an extra dimension. Hardin is one of the most underrated actors ever. He escapes the super handsome Bronco image to don his "bearded" thinker image, only here he is a "bearded jock".

The story is riveting, and holds your attention. It's a story of adventure, but also of "guts", and of being comrades. It is a sense of helping other humans that has since been lost in Americans. There is no way I would believe an American today would sacrifice as much as JFK did to save human lives. Not from what I've seen. It is what made a "greater generation".


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