FARMINGTON — The Carpenters saw their love story play out on the big screen as "The Vow" premiered in Hollywood, Calif., on Monday.

They have 27 media interviews scheduled for today, the movie opens worldwide Friday and they will appear on several national television shows beginning Monday.

Through all this, the couple has remained calm. But Wednesday night was when Kim Carpenter got nervous.

"The people in this room are family. ... This has been quite an emotional run and we're very grateful for everyone in this room," Kim told a Farmington audience, some of whom were some of the first to see the movie that was inspired by real-life events that happened to him and his wife, Krickitt. "I can't say enough about the people who know me as Kim Carpenter and not because of The Vow.'"

"The Vow" is the film version of the Carpenter's love story that has been well-known for years in northern New Mexico. It's the big screen adaptation of the couple's quest to fall in love again after a violent car accident left Krickitt with no memory of her husband.

On Wednesday night, close to 360 government and community leaders were invited to two Farmington screenings of the film.

Also in attendance Wednesday were some of the original emergency responders who first arrived to the car accident in November 1993.

"When we left (the scene) I thought there was absolutely no way she would make it through the flight.


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It truly is a miracle," said Bob Grothe, who was the flight nurse on the helicopter that took Krickitt from the accident near Gallup to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Grothe visited Krickitt in the hospital frequently after the accident and remained friends with the Carpenters. He watched in person the love story that is now a motion picture.

"The movie really captured the essence of it," he said. "But it was a lot harder in real life."

The movie version of the Carpenter story changes the names and setting and adds a couple scandalous details to spice up the film. Details that don't exactly mesh with the Carpenters in real life.

Watching the movie in a Farmington theater "was a little harder because the people here know the real story," Krickitt said. "Hollywood did make changes and we don't want people to think that that's the truth."

"The Vow" was well-received Wednesday. The movie played, the audience applauded and afterward, Kim and Krickitt greeted everyone in a long line of people waiting to say their congrats.

On Friday, the Carpenters and their team of marketing agents and publicists are hopeful "The Vow" will top the box office charts.

But more importantly to the Carpenters is that enthusiasm for the film will direct audiences to their book: "The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story."

"I tell people to go watch the movie and my hope is that they will read the book and read, what I think, is a more incredible story. But I'm a little biased," Krickitt said.

An earlier version of the book was released in 2000 and the Carpenters penned an updated, slightly different version that hits shelves Friday.

The Carpenters will be at Allen Theatre at Animas Valley Mall from 5:30 to 7:30 Friday evening to sign copies.

"This was real special for us, to celebrate with the people who went through it with us and know how we live," Kim said after the movie. "It's one thing to be in front of 2,000 reporters in Hollywood and another to sit down and watch it with your friends."