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NYPD, NYFD will see ‘World Trade Center’ first

One union warns the Sept. 11 film could be too traumatic for the rescuers
/ Source: The Associated Press

Police and firefighters who risked their lives at the World Trade Center site will attend private screenings of Oliver Stone’s new Sept. 11 movie, but one police union warns the experience could be too traumatic for the rescuers.

Stone’s movie, called “World Trade Center,” stars Nicolas Cage as one of two Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers who survived the towers’ collapse and were rescued from the trade center’s rubble after 22 hours. It opens nationwide August 9.

Police and firefighters have been invited to free, private screenings at area multiplexes this week, the New York Post reported Sunday.

“Emotionally, it’s important that these men and women have the opportunity to see the film first, though only if they feel comfortable,” said Michael Shamberg, the film’s co-producer.

But the union representing Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers wants ground zero rescue workers to be aware that watching the movie could cause post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of the condition include depression, mood swings and panic attacks.