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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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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: When the 109 is cut in half, one of the men screams the Wilhelm scream. See more »

Goofs

When they are returning from their first patrol, there is one boat in the background. A couple of seconds later, there are now two boats. 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: Mitchell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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