Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres will be offering 10,000 free tickets on Thursday, Oct. 26, to U.S. veterans and active duty service members for DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You for Your Service.”
There are 400 theaters nationwide that will be giving the first 25 service members at each location who have a valid, government-issued military ID a free ticket for the 8 p.m. screening.
“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of ‘Thank You for Your Service,’ they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” Jim Orr, Universal Pictures Executive Vice President, said. “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active service members will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”
The film – starring Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole and Amy Schumer – follows a group of soldiers returning home from Iraq and are struggling to integrate back into civilian life as they deal with the memories of war.
The film was written by Jason Hall, who wrote “American Sniper,” and is based on the book “Thank You for Your Service” by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.
“Thank You for Your Service” is the follow-up to Finkel’s book “The Good Soldiers,” which chronicles the lives of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad during 2007 and 2008. With this sequel, Finkel follows the soldiers back home to the United States and sheds light on their struggles.
“I was very hesitant about doing ‘Thank You for Your Service,'” Teller, who plays Sgt. Adam Schumann, told Vulture.”I felt like to even act like I was fighting in a war and then had post-traumatic stress disorder was almost unethical. I pretend for a living. I pretend! And to do that with the story of real people who’d gone through war and PTSD made me uncomfortable. I didn’t know if I had the right to tell that story. But I came around because I felt like I could do it with authenticity, and I cared so much about these soldiers. Knowing what I felt about the real Adam Schumann, I wanted the responsibility of telling his story. In a lot of ways, it’s the most important movie I’ve ever done. The number of vets in the country is staggering, and the story of PTSD and their coming home is almost never told.”
For more information and a list of participating AMC Theaters, click here.
“Thank You for Your Service” will be released nationwide on Oct. 27.
Here is the movie trailer: