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Megan Leavey (2017)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, War | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mara ... Megan Leavey
Edie Falco ... Jackie
Alisa Harris ... Barbie
Nick Madrick Nick Madrick ... Receiving Marine #1
Jason Turner ... Receiving Marine #2
Sasha Morfaw ... Female Drill Instructor #1
Jennifer Duke Jennifer Duke ... Female Drill Instructor #2
Megan Leavey ... Female Drill Instructor #3
Will Patton ... Jim
Corey Johnson ... Master Sergeant
Andrew Moon Andrew Moon ... Jones
Alicia Lobo ... Timmins
Melina Matthews ... Lopez
Luka Peros ... Drunk Guy in Bar
Nils Holst Nils Holst ... Duty Patrol Marine


Megan Leavey is a US Marine corporal who served as a Military Police K9 handler. She was paired with military working dog Rex (E168). The pair served two deployments in Iraq together. They were first deployed to Fallujah in 2005, and then to Ramadi in 2006, where they were both wounded by an improvised explosive device. Leavey was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a "V" device denoting heroism in combat..

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Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leavey See more »

Filming Locations:

Cartagena, Murcia, Spain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,810,867, 9 June 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,406,304, 14 September 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Mara and Ramon Rodriguez have both been involved with the Marvel universe. Kate Mara stars as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four (2015) and played a minor role in Iron Man 2 (2010) as a U.S. Marshal. Ramon Rodriguez plays Bakuto in Marvel's Netflix shows Iron Fist (2017) and The Defenders (2017) See more »


When the Master Sergeant (MSgt) first introduces the new-joins, he refers to Megan Leavey as "Private" but her rank insignia is "Private First Class" The Marine Corps does not refer to Privates First Class as "Privates". The Master Sergeant should have introduced her as, "PFC Leavey." See more »


Megan Leavey: You don't leave because you have somewhere to go, you leave because nothing is keeping you there.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, there was footage of Rex in the pool and photos of him and the real Megan Leavey. See more »


Yeah You Can
Written by Sammy Buonaugurio and Tyler Ochs
Performed by The Mooney Suzuki
Courtesy of Electric Sweat
By arrangement with Spirit Music Group
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A likeable real-life tale
26 August 2018 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

There's a time and a place for film's such as Megan Leavey and while this often sappy and Lifestyle like film never reaches great heights or surprises, there's joys to be found in this true life tale that will make you walk away from it with a smile on your face.

Released direct to home video here in Australia after a low-key but well received release in the USA in the middle of 2017, Megan Leavey examines the life and times of its title character, who in the midst of a young-life crisis enlisted into the American Marines and found herself a calling as a combat dog/front line operator who struck up a deep bond and friendship with her German Shepard companion Rex.

It's the type of tale that is perfect for the US market, showcasing the best of what the marines can do for those that apply themselves and work hard at achieving the best they can do for their country and for dog lovers, Megan Leavey is the type of experience that will have them giving their doggo some extra treats and pats in the aftermath of this human interest tale.

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite handles things well and while a clear victim of a lower budget than is to be expected from usual fare such as this, Megan Leavey brings us into the action as Megan and Rex make a step from training to the front line and enter into the ground war that would make them both famous faces of the war in Iraq.

Key also to Megan Leavey's ability to be constantly engaging without blowing minds is the commitment of lead actress Kate Mara who is as good as she's ever been as Leavey and her comradery with her four-legged on-screen companion will pull at the heart-strings and give you those always sought after warm and fuzzies. From their initial frosty relationship to fully fledged friendship between human and animal, Megan Leavey captures the special bond between the two American combatants that captured the hearts of a nation.

Final Say -

Megan Leavey pulls no surprise punches and plays out to the well-worn playbook of similar film's but that doesn't stop it from becoming and always watchable and proficiently made feel good tale that reminds us all that in the midst of war, special friendship and incredible tales of bravery are the tales that will live on.

3 cans on a leash out of 5

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