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PT 109 (1963)

During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Lt. JG John F. Kennedy
Ty Hardin ... Ensign Leonard J. Thom
James Gregory ... Commander C.R. Ritchie
Robert Culp ... Ensign George 'Barney' Ross
Grant Williams ... Lt. Alvin Cluster
Lew Gallo ... Yeoman Rogers
Errol John Errol John ... Benjamin Kevu
Michael Pate ... Lt. Reginald Evans
Robert Blake ... Gunner's Mate Charles 'Bucky' Harris
William Douglas William Douglas ... Gerard Zinser
Biff Elliot ... Seaman Edgar E. Mauer (as Biff Elliott)
Norman Fell ... Machinist Edmund Drewitch
Sam Gilman ... Raymond Starkey
Clyde Howdy ... Machinist Leon Drawdy
Buzz Martin 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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"The Story you wouldn't believe happened...but it did!" See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

19 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PT Boat 109 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Several American flags, in long shot, are 50-star flags (48 in 1943). See more »

Quotes

Webb: You might as well face it, Commander. The 109's gone.
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Just a minute, you! You think I worry too much about those boats, don't you? No, but that's what you're thinking, and so are a lot of other people around here. Well, let me tell you something, mister - I worry about those boats, yes, and for one reason. Those boats have a deck on them, and men stand on those decks. That's why I won't give up the 109. She had men on her deck. I don't want the deck back, I want the men that were standing on it...
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Referenced in Killing Oswald (2013) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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entertainment, but not history
27 July 2006 | by kpcombsSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie in the sixties, and have seen it several times over the years. It is entertaining, and very positive in it's portrayal of a young JFK. It is more of a love letter to JFK from Hollywood than a authentic retelling of history, however. This was done when the United States was in the midst of a romance with the new "Camelot", and accordingly much artistic license was taken at the expense of a authentic and unbiased depiction of the episode. Perhaps the film was meant to capture more of the spirit of the time than to portray strictly the hard facts of the event. In any case, it is still an enjoyable movie and is worth watching.


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