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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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Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Howard Sheehan (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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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Taglines:

The true story of a young John F. Kennedy and his actual wartime adventure in the South Pacific. A remarkable insight into the qualities inherent in the man that were to later make him a legend in his own time. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff Robertson and Robert Culp were together in another movie released in this same year - Sunday in New York. See more »

Goofs

In the film, PT 109 is shown rescuing the remnants of a Marine patrol off Choiseul Island while under enemy fire, and when the Marines are being pulled on to the 109, the number "43" can be seen briefly on the front of the cabin briefly, while PT109 is clearly on the side. Possibly used the same boat for different scenes and missed changing the front number. See more »

Quotes

Yeoman Rogers: [after Rogers finds out his transfer back to the U.S. was cancelled] I don't understand it Mr. Kennedy, I had it all sewn up. I should have gone to Harvard.
Lt. John F. Kennedy: "Havard"
[in a Boston accent]
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Referenced in Killing Oswald (2013) See more »

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PR 101
13 May 2001 | by RodReels-2See all my reviews

It's easy to see why this one had the full cooperation of the Kennedy administration. Cliff Robertson smiles his way through his portrayal of a young JFK without even hinting at any negative attributes of the man. Still with all that said, this is a decent enough movie. Very pleasant in its telling of what is essentially a factual tale. Plus it's a blast seeing all of those character actors who would later make their marks in television series (Robert Blake, Norman Fell, Robert Culp, George Gaynes and my favorite "Barney Miller's" James Gregory) But at 2 hours, 20 minutes, this movie does begin to feel longer than Kennedy's tenure.


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