ABOUT THE FILM
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!
FREE film screenig on Pay-as-you-wish Friday Night. No advance registration; space is first come, first served.
The year 1917 was a turning point for the United States and New York, from America entering World War I to women earning the right to vote in New York State to the birth of John F. Kennedy. Join us all summer long for films, family programs, exhibitions, and special installations throughout the Museum to honor the 100th anniversary of this landmark year.