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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
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Storyline

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

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

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Country:

USA

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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 »

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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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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Megan Leavey: a drill instructor. See more »

Goofs

When she lands in Iraq it comes up on screen as Camp Ramada Al Ambar Province it's actually Al Anbar Province. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References G.I. Jane (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not Your Typical War Hero
11 June 2017 | by scatswalshSee all my reviews

Part way through I began to feel the story was a bit slow moving, maybe a little flat. I realized this is not an indictment of the film, but of Americans' movie going habits. Everything these days is a blockbuster - LOTS of action, tons of special effects, one- dimensional super hero characters. Megan Leavey is a quiet, understated film about real life and real people, and they are not always pleasant, exciting or interesting. If you like your war heroes shiny, perfect and larger than life - this film will not be for you. Megan Leavey is about a flawed, troubled, not very likable young woman who joins the Marines with no heroic idealism - she is just looking for an escape from her miserable life - made so very much by her own doing. And Rex is not Lassie. There is no instant, feel-good bond between a girl and her dog. Rather, the story illustrates the importance of showing up - taking one step at a time, and that with hard work and patience - redemption and second chances are possible. Not an easy feel-good film but worth the effort, as is true of most important things in life.


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