As a token of appreciation to our men and women in uniform, Warner Bros. Pictures is offering all military personnel — both active duty and retired — a free ticket to Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed epic “Dunkirk” with the purchase of one. The offer begins on Friday, Sept. 1, and continues throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend, ending with the final showing on Monday, Sept. 4.

Theaters from coast to coast, including all major exhibitors, are taking part in this recognition of all those who serve or have served. Anyone with an active duty or retired military ID can present it at the box office for a complimentary second ticket to the film. (Please check local listings to confirm individual theater’s participation.) “Dunkirk,” which honors the courage and resilience of British and Allied soldiers trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, France, is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. It is also one of the biggest hits of the season, having recently crossed $410 million worldwide, and still counting, making it the highest-grossing original content release of the competitive summer corridor.

From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) comes the epic “Dunkirk.” The film opens as 400,000 Allied troops are trapped on the coast of Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German army. Mostly young men, they had their whole lives ahead of them… but now their lives might only stretch as far as that strip of beach. With their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army. “Dunkirk” features a multigenerational ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Nolan directed “Dunkirk” from his own screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Syncopy Production, a film by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk.” Presented in conventional theaters and IMAX, the film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language.

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