by Lawrence Knorr
CAMP HILL, PA — As the film ended, after nearly 2 1/2 hours, the credits ran and no one stood. No one spoke. No one reached for their phone. As the last credit rolled, all quietly stood — a room of over 300 movie patrons who were total strangers to one another. Quietly and politely, as if at a solemn funeral, each exited their row and walked to the door. Some spoke only in hushed tones as we emptied out. To say “American Sniper” had an impact on the audience would be an understatement. It was the most powerful reaction to a film I have ever witnessed.
Why this reaction? Since there were no exchanges with the patrons, I can only imagine they were thinking similarly to me. Eastwood’s movie had struck an inner chord of human nature — a deep sense of loss coupled with the sincere…
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