Victims' Families Take in 'United 93' Premiere
His wife, Lauren, 36, was returning home to
"There's a little problem on the plane," he said she told him. "I'm totally fine. I love you more than anything."
In what was undoubtedly the most somber premiere
"It's an outstanding venue for opening night," said Gordon Felt of upstate Remsen, who lost his brother, Edward Felt, 41, of Matawan, N.J. "It will bring international interest to this movie."
The United Flight 93 National Memorial in
After the showing at the Ziegfeld, Catherine and David Miller of
"We don't want them to ever forget what happened," said Catherine Miller. "How courageous and brave they were."
Doris Gronlund of Sag Harbor, who lost her daughter, Linda Gronlund, 46, on the flight, said the family members have become close and were advised about the film.
"It's just been done so well, how all 40 of them are portrayed," she said. "We have such confidence in the filmmakers."
At Loews Theatres Lincoln Square, at Broadway and West 68th Street, another screening was held Tuesday night for relatives of Sept. 11 victims and of first responders who died at the trade center.
Maureen Santora and her husband, Alexander, of Queens, were among those at the Lincoln Square showing. Their son, Firefighter Christopher Santora, 23, of Engine Co. 54, died on Sept. 11.
"I have to see this. I don't know how I'm going to react," Maureen Santora said. "After listening to the audio at the Moussaiou trial, I know this is going to be gut-wrenching, because those people all knew they were going to die." But, she added, "I'm going because I need to continue to get the truth of how the day evolved."
From his jacket's breast pocket, he pulled a color photograph of a smiling woman -- his friend, Joyce Carpeneto, 40, of Manhattan, who died in the north tower.
"Because of her," he said.