PT 109 (1963)


[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.” – Yeoman Rogers

[in a Boston accent] “Havard” – Lt. John F. Kennedy

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 5 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a young John F. Kennedy as he commanded a small vessel during World War II and how he did his patriotic duty even when things got tough.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw fr the first time about twenty years ago and loved it because they were able to tell a true story of heroism and patriotism.

This is a movie that shows us how much one can try and learn from the actions of these brave men who did their small part in fighting small battles in the overall war that encompassed so much of the world.

Cliff Robertson is superb in the lead and does a nice job giving off the charismatic nature of the former president who had the persona of being such a natural and great leader no matter the situation even though he doesn’t exactly resemble JFK physically.

The story is paced really well and we get a nice perspective on how the hierarchy of command must deal with the various threats that pop up along the way while trying to stop them from fulfilling their duty for their country and for freedom.

This is such a great movie because it is able to tell a story of the early life of someone who was able to have such a lasting impact on the world while also showing that even in his youth, he was able to make waves and do all he could to make the world a better place to live.

Bottom Line – Excellent film because it’s able to take a true story and show how much one can learn from the actions of these men and the way that their small effort helped the overall cause in the war.  Robertson is great as JFK and even though he doesn’t look exactly like the former President, he still is able to give off the charismatic persona of this great leader.  The story moves along at a great pace and we get to see how the hierarchy of command deals with various threats along the way each in their own way in order to carry out their duty for their country.  Such a great film because it allows us to see how the early life of someone who made such an impact on the world was able to also make waves and changes for the better even when he was younger.. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When President Kennedy saw early footage of parts of the film, his only complaint was that Cliff Robertson was parting his hair on the right, while JFK’s hair parted on the left. Robertson dutifully parted his hair on the left for the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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