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A Malinois dog that helped American Marines in Afghanistan returns to the United States and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.


Boaz Yakin
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Haden Church ... Ray Wincott
Josh Wiggins ... Justin Wincott
Luke Kleintank ... Tyler Harne
Lauren Graham ... Pamela Wincott
Robbie Amell ... Kyle Wincott
Mia Xitlali ... Carmen
Dejon LaQuake ... Chuy
Jay Hernandez ... Sergeant Reyes
Owen Harn ... Deputy Stack
Joseph Julian Soria ... Emilio
Raymond W. Beal Raymond W. Beal ... Animal Control Handler #1 / Marine (as Raymond Beal)
Edgar Arreola ... Cartel Leader
Jason Davis ... Police Officer (as Jason Alexander Davis)
Pete Burris ... S-2 Major
Miles Mussenden ... Captain


When Kyle Wincott is killed in the war, his war dog, Max, suffers from stress. Max is to be put down because he has trouble listening to anyone else, until he meets Justin, Kyle's brother. Justin adopts and saves Max. Then both of their lives will never be the same again. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Best Friend. Hero. Marine.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max: Bester Freund. Held. Retter. See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,155,254, 28 June 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,652,003, 11 October 2015
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Max was featured in the film Project Almanac (2015). See more »


During the church scene, the DVD subtitles identify a speaker as a soldier (U.S. Army), but he is in fact a marine (U.S. Marine Corps). For over 100 years, U.S. Armed Forces doctrine has maintained that marines and soldiers are two very different things. See more »


Kyle Wincott: Nose of a dog, the heart of a marine, sounds like a hero to me!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Bingo (2015) See more »


Higher Than My Station
Written by Brett Callaway, Sam Robinson, Andrew Rodriguez, Jesus Vega, Jordan Hatfield & Robert Valeu
Performed by Close Your Eyes
Courtesy of Victory Records
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Great family movie
27 June 2015 | by cosmacelfSee all my reviews

I saw Max with my 10 year old sons. Absolutely awesome movie to see with your age 10 to 16 child. It is much more than a movie about a heroic dog. It is also a coming of age movie that has some deep dives into responsibility, relationships, and ethics. Oh, and it is a great adventure flick too.

The dog will hook your kids and get them past some early dialog. But once the movie gets going, hold onto your seats! Very exciting. Suffice it to say that the audience gave the movie a long round of applause as the credits rolled. And hopefully some of the life lessons will rub off on the kids...

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