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John F. Kennedy lived long enough to see this Hollywood account of his Navy career and his heroism following a ruthless attack by a Japanese ship on his small patrol craft. Cliff Robertson is an amiable choice to play Kennedy, though one won't find a lot of the late president's mannerisms in his performance. The key battle sequence, which finds Kennedy and his crew bloodied and battered while trying to stay alive in shark-infested waters, makes a big impression on young viewers. --Tom Keogh
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Fortunately. I found the movie I video taped as broadcast on AMC in the middle 80's. I recorded it, and archived it with other movies that were fun to watch. Somewhere around 2013, I was found it again in my video cabinet and got reintroduced to the real story of the drama of the forging of a president of the USA. This time, I got it, what had been ordained in time immortal. I know the movie never was the smash hit that Jack Warner had in mind, but in, my opinion, maybe the movie going audience wasn't mature enough to appreciate what our armed forces faced and suffered. Maybe they couldn't get their minds around the tremendous cost paid by the American Servicemen for these freedoms we how hold so loosely. I'm glad the American men and women, armed with the spirit of the Armies of God, lead by David, persevered and wrenched these freedoms that we hold so loosely from hands that would have been terrible taskmasters. Their experiences of the war-fighters were difficult for them to openly discuss because none of them were prepared for the horrors of they experienced.
About 3 months ago, I decided to order the DVD. The copy I had was suffering from the advances in technology and the ravages of time on old video tape. My copy was, in places, was quite like watching events through a Dakota Snow Storm. I have watched the DVD many times since we received it, and relive the experience each time I see it. It's been said, this period of Mr Kennedy's life was the Crucible that forged hiim to make him as strong and resilient as steel. God was at work growing up an immature inexperienced untried young man into the 'man of the hour' who had been ordained to be the leader of the American Democracy.
Don't hesitate to buy the movie. Sure it was never a box-office hit, as Jack Warner had though it would be,but the real story is worth watching, again and again.
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