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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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Taglines:

The young JFK. A profile in courage. 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

In the film, PT 109 is Navy gray in color, but the real boat was actually painted dark green when JFK commanded her - to camouflage it when moored along the bushes of the shoreline during daylight. 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

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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Connections

Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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99 Bottles of Beer
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User Reviews

 
JFK not blown away, what more do I have to say?
3 September 2012 | by drystyxSee 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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