PT 109 (1963)




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This World War II adventure chronicles the real-life courage of President John F. Kennedy when he was a Navy lieutenant and Commanding Officer of the illustrious PT 109, a Patrol Torpedo boat stationed in the Solomon Islands. While on patrol one night, a Japanese destroyer rams and slices the 109 in two, killing two crewmen. Having survived the collision, Kennedy searches for survivors, despite suffering from a back injury. Kennedy leads the survivors in swimming to a deserted island, while … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert J. Donovan, Richard L. Breen, Howard Sheehan, Vincent X. Flaherty
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 2011
Warner Home Video


as Lt. John F. Kennedy

as Ens. Leonard J. Thom

as Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie

as Ens. George 'Barney'...

as Lt. Alvin Cluster

as Yeoman Rogers

as Benjamin Kevu

as Lt. Reginald Evans

as `Bucky' Harris

as Gerard E. Zinser

as Edgar E. Mauer

as Edmund Drewitch

as Raymond Starkey

as Leon Drawdy

as Maurice Kowal

as Patrick McMahon

as Harold Marney

as Andrew Kirksey

as William Johnston

as John Maguire

as Raymond Albert
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Critic Reviews for PT 109

All Critics (10)

Mild drama is best in long opening showing restoration of PT boat.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Classic Film and Television

Much of the film hits the familiar notes of the classic platoon film with a stiff reverence... It also delivers a personable portrait of an inspiring leader.

Full Review… | April 11, 2010
Turner Classic Movies Online

JFK as most remember him. Fine performance by Robertson.

December 14, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Rapidly produced hero drama (JFK's WWII exploits) has its moments.

January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

June 15, 2005

Audience Reviews for PT 109

Way below average American Propandha movie with no story. To make things worse, the protagonist is none other the good ol' JFK. Expect an episodic obstacle course which is tackled by easy-going Cowboy GIs with million dollar smiles. There is nothing to see here, keep walking.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer


Very one sided account, but well done.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


It's all a bit cheesy and perhaps overly long but its hard not to get caught up in the old fashioned fun of this well made war epic.
Cliff Robertson doesn't exactly play the role of JFK as we think of him today but he holds his own with charm and a nice dose of mugging for the camera.

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