PT 109 Movie | 1963

PT 109 was the first commercial theatrical film about a sitting United States President released while he was still in office. It was released in June 1963, just five months before Kennedy was assassinated. JFK's father, Joseph Kennedy had been a Hollywood producer and he used his influence to negotiate the film rights and ensure that Jack Warner would guarantee his "personal supervision" of the production. The White House had full approval the production, and President Kennedy had three conditions; the movie be historically accurate, the profits go to the survivors of PT 109 and their families, and that he would have the final choice of lead actor who he selected as Cliff Robertson over Warren Beatty, Jacqueline’s first choice.