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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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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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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Most men would have given up...But not the crew of PT 109 See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Release Date:

19 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

PT Boat 109  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(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 Norman Fell's character (Drewitch) is in the PT engine room during the rescue of U.S. soldiers from the beach (about 50 minutes in), PT 109 is receiving Japanese shore fire on its port (left) side. But Drewitch is wounded by a projectile that pierces the boat from the starboard (right) side. 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

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99 Bottles of Beer
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pt 109
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was a excellent movies and well worth a viewers time.For a era piece I feel that it showed how Kennedy got hurt and how he saved the lives crew even after getting hurt bad himself. The locations for the filming of this piece was excellent and true to life. The life on those cardboard boats were tough and the men had to endure very severe living quarters as such. It also showed how Kennedy got his crew selected and how they came to help get the boat seaworthy in such a short time. i would recommend this file to all war film buffs and those who enjoy a action film. The acting was good for the times of the 60's when we were getting ready for Vietnam and the bay of pigs issue.


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