Almost 20 years before matinee idol Ronald Reagan became the president of the United States, the then-incumbent president, John F. Kennedy, was transformed into a matinee idol by this naval adventure film, which re-creates his thrilling WW II heroics. Under the command of Lt. Kennedy
(Cliff Robertson), the battle-toughened crew of PT 109 participates in a daring rescue of Marines from the island of Choiseul. Later, their speedy but susceptible craft is rammed by a Japanese destroyer and split in two, forcing the crew to swim to the relative safety of a not-so-nearby island.
One of the sailors is too badly hurt to swim, however, so Kennedy carries him; later, Kenned...