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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 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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Commander Ritchie (James Gregory) is in the galley having a cup of coffee when the ship crashes into a dock, and the coffee spills all over his uniform shirt. When he appears on deck moments later to see what happened, his shirt is dry and spotless. 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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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) 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 HawksvsSee 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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