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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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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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William Douglas ...
Gerard Zinser
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Seaman Edgar E. Mauer (as Biff Elliott)
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Raymond Starkey
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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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The young JFK. A profile in courage. 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

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

Although it is true that African-American sailors served as mess stewards and stevedores during the war, this did not necessarily exclude these sailors from assignment to a gun crew during general quarters aboard ship or ashore, or manning the guns when the assigned crew were killed or wounded. In those days, all sailors, regardless of rate, received basic gunnery training in boot camp. See more »

Quotes

Ens. Leonard J. Thom: [reporting aboard the PT109] Mr. Kennedy? Ensign Leonard Thom, your exec.
[they exchange salutes]
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Oh, hi. Glad to meet you, Leonard.
[they shake hands]
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Welcome aboard.
Ens. Leonard J. Thom: [looking around the boat] How long did they give you to put it in shape?
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Well, we've used about half the time just talking right here.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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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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