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'World Trade Center' film premiere

Aug. 4, 2006 at 2:00 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The premiere of Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" film brought together real-life heroes from Sept. 11 and the actors who portrayed them in the film.

Sgt. John McLoughlin, the Port Authority police officer whose tale the film recounts, strolled into the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York with big screen counterpart, Nicolas Cage, the New York Post reported Friday.

"I think he did a wonderful job," said McLoughlin, who was trapped 30 feet under a pile of rubble when the twin towers collapsed.

Cage also called McLoughlin a "true hero," adding that he does not think that it's too early to show a film depicting what is now known as America's darkest day.

"The spirit in which it was made is one of solidarity and respect," he said.

New York Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and New York Police Chief Ray Kelly both give the movie their seal of approval.

"I think it's very powerful," said Scoppetta.

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