JFK 100: PT 109

Monday, May 22
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2hr 20mins // directed by:Leslie H. Martinson // featuring:Cliff Robertson, Ty Hardin // 35mm

Cliff Robertson stars in this stirring saga of Kennedy's wartime exploits as skipper of a PT boat in the Solomon Islands.

Featuring an introduction by U.S. Navy Veteran and Brookline VFW member Neil Gordon. 

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. 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!


About JFK100

President Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917, and to commemorate his centennial year, the Town of Brookline and the National Park Service are programming a series of events and initiatives aimed at inspiring new generations to find meaning and inspiration in the enduring values that formed the heart of the Kennedy presidency. The Coolidge will join this celebration, screening two films that chronicle his heroic legacy.