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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

In the film, PT 109 is shown rescuing the remnants of a Marine patrol off Choiseul Island while under enemy fire. This rescue actually occurred on November 2, 1943 - 3 months AFTER PT 109 had been rammed and sunk - but by PT 59, a PT which had been converted into a gunboat and was JFK's second and last command in the South Pacific. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) See more »

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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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