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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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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

The boats were actually 85-foot long Air Sea Rescue boats. The cockpits were rebuilt to scale because the boats were some 5 feet longer in overall length than the Elco PTs. See more »

Goofs

Unmodified (except for paint) American AT-6 trainers are used to represent Japanese aircraft. 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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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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