PT 109

President John F. Kennedy kept a unique inauguration gift on his desk: a plastic encased coconut. The tale of that coconut is the heroic story of PT 109, a stirring saga of Kennedy's wartime exploits as skipper of a PT boat in the Solomon Islands.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 11


User Ratings: 376
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
Turner Classic Movies Online
Apr 11, 2010
Rating: 3/5 -- Rapidly produced hero drama (JFK's WWII exploits) has its moments.
Kansas City Kansan
Jan 4, 2005
This is less a historical document than it is a satisfying action story. Full Review
Cleveland Press
Nov 20, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- JFK as most remember him. Fine performance by Robertson.
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Dec 14, 2006
Rating: C+ -- It probably works best for fans of the popular President. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jun 3, 2016
Mild drama is best in long opening showing restoration of PT boat. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Oct 2, 2014

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President John F. Kennedy kept a unique inauguration gift on his White House desk: a coconut encased in plastic. The tale of that coconut is the heroic story of PT 109.

Academy Award-winner Cliff Robertson stars in this stirring saga of Kennedy's wartime exploits as skipper of a PT boat in the Solomon Islands. The assignment: harass the enemy and buy time for a U.S. Navy still on the drawing boards. In August 1943, PT 109 was sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy led his surviving crew through a sea aflame from gasoline, towing a badly burned sailor miles to the nearest island. There seemed little hope of rescue from the Japanese-dominated area...until a strategy involving a coconut emerged. The triumphant outcome was unbelievable - and all true!

Product Description:

Stirring adventure based on the true story of John F. Kennedy's heroic tour of duty as a pt boat commander during the Second World War. Animated feature "Banty Raids" & newsreel high-lighting Kennedy's tragic assasination are included.

Plot Synopsis:

A suspenseful fact-based drama about the youthful John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wartime experiences.
After Japanese soldiers destroy their boat, young Lt. Kennedy and his men from PT 109 find themselves stranded on an isolated, uninhabitable South Pacific island. Between the island and rescue lies perilous waters filled with enemy gunboats. And the soldiers can only hope that help can make it through.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 1,109
  • UPC: 883316231982
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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