PT 109 (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

PT 1091963

PT 109 (1963)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

PT 109 Photos

Movie Info

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 himself towing a badly-burned crewman. After a few days, the survivors encounter two natives and gives them a carved message on a coconut. The natives take the message to an Australian coastwatcher who arranges for a rescue. "PT 109" was the first commercial theatrical film about a sitting United States President released while he was still in office. It came out in June 1963, just five months before Kennedy was assassinated.

Watch it now


Cliff Robertson
as Lt. John F. Kennedy
Ty Hardin
as Ens. Leonard J. Thom
James Gregory
as Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie
Robert Culp
as Ens. George 'Barney' Ross
Grant Williams
as Lt. Alvin Cluster
Lew Gallo
as Yeoman Rogers
Errol John
as Benjamin Kevu
Michael Pate
as Lt. Reginald Evans
Robert Blake
as `Bucky' Harris
William O. Douglas Jr.
as Gerard E. Zinser
Biff Elliot
as Edgar E. Mauer
Norman Fell
as Edmund Drewitch
Sam Gilman
as Raymond Starkey
Clyde Howdy
as Leon Drawdy
Buzz Martin
as Maurice Kowal
James McCallion
as Patrick McMahon
Evan McCord
as Harold Marney
Sammy Reese
as Andrew Kirksey
Glenn Sipes
as William Johnston
John Ward
as John Maguire
David Whorf
as Raymond Albert
View All

Critic Reviews for PT 109

All Critics (11)

It probably works best for fans of the popular President.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

October 2, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

April 11, 2010 | Full Review…

JFK as most remember him. Fine performance by Robertson.

December 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

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

January 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

This is less a historical document than it is a satisfying action story.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

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
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer


Very one sided account, but well done.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

PT 109 Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features