Friday, November 22, 2013

Flick Pick: PT 109

PT 109
(Warner Bros., 1963)

Few actual presidents have gotten, let alone deserve, their own biopic. This one premiered just months before President Kennedy's assassination, and it's a much better way to commemorate the man than grainy home movies from Dealey Plaza. Cliff Robertson was hand-picked by the man himself to play the role, with Kennedy's other conditions being that all profits go to the survivors and families of his PT 109 shipmates, and that the movie be historically accurate, all of which Jack L. Warner himself ensured. As a bonus treat, note a certain familiar helmsman at the wheel of the Amagiri in the pivotal scene, a few years before he got to steer NCC-1701.

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