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Local moviegoers react to film

April 29, 2006|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN

Not very many moviegoers went to the two matinees showing "United 93" at the Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16 theaters in the Valley Mall Friday. But those that did weren't hard to spot coming out.

Some were crying, some were furious. Nancy Kain was both.

"I'm very angry at the people who did this," the Hagerstown woman said through her tears.

The film, directed and written by Paul Greengrass, tells the story of the last moments of United Flight 93 which crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.

The promotional ads say simply "Sept. 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked. Three of them reached their target. This is the story of the fourth."

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A woman who wouldn't give her name shouted across the parking lot after seeing the 4:15 p.m. showing. "It humbled you," she said.

The plot of the film centers around that day nearly five years ago when passengers of the doomed plane managed to foil a terrorist plot to crash the jet into a fourth building in the United States.

Rodney Waters lives in Fulton County, Pa., and actually visited the Shanksville crash site. "I feel for the people who lost their lives, but this country was warned and no one did anything," Waters said.

Accompanying him to the second Friday matinee were Kim Palladino and Austin Musser, both of Williamsport. As they prepared to go inside, both Waters and Palladino said they thought it was important for 7-year-old Austin to see the film too.

"It's a part of history," Waters said.

John Kain of Hagerstown said he and his wife, Nancy, were glad they came, despite the emotional toll it took on them.

"I wanted to go back and remember what 9/11 was like," John Kain said. "We need to remember."

George Rae of Hagerstown said he was glad he saw the film. "I thought it was important to see this film," he said, describing it as respectful to the subject.

A manager at the theater where the film was showing said only 31 tickets of a possible 297 were sold for the 1:15 p.m. matinee Friday. The 4:15 p.m. matinee did a little better with 46 tickets sold.

"There will probably be more people at the later shows," the manager said, asking not to be identified by name.

John Baker said he won't be among them. Now 19, Baker was 14 years old when 9/11 occurred.

"I lost an uncle in the World Trade Center so I don't want to see it," Baker said.

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