Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  28 July 1995 (USA)
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To keep the loyalty of a village during the Vietnam war, a U.S. Army officer and his unit struggle to deliver it a live elephant.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Sam Cahill
Sp4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford
Sp5 Lawrence Farley
Goddard (as Tcheky Karyo)
Hoang Ly ...
Col. Nguyen
Vo Trung Anh ...
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Marshall Bell ...
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During the Vietnam War, a village that American forces are using to spy on the Ho Chi Minh Trail has its sacred elephant killed by the North Vietnamese Army because they were cooperating with the Americans. The villagers need an elephant for a ceremony that will occur within the week. Captain Sam Cahill, an easygoing man who is heading home, and his hotheaded replacement Captain TC Doyle scrounge up another elephant with the help of sneaky supply chief warrant officer David Poole, luckless farmboy Lawrence Farley, and short-timer Harvey Ashford, and transport it across South Vietnam to get it to the village on time, running into all sorts of transport problems, personality conflicts, and an NVA squad that wants the Americans out of the village. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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A story about big dreams and small miracles. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for war action and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dumbo Drop  »

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Box Office


$24,700,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denis Leary has said the reason he, Danny Glover, and Ray Liotta did the picture was because they had property they wanted to buy. Filming took so long and got so bad they all started carrying around pictures of that property and looking at them to get them through the shooting. See more »


As Cahill and Doyle fly over the village in the cargo plane, the blades from the camera helicopter can be seen in the top left-hand side of the screen. See more »


[as Harvey rushes towards the village to help his comrades, a crow lands in his path]
Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: [scoffs and racks the bolt of his rifle] Bird if I were you, I'd get the hell out of here!
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.169 (2010) See more »


Written by Ned Washington and Oliver Wallace
Performed by Cliff Edwards, Jim Carmichael and the Hall-Johnson Choir
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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Dumb Fun.
18 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Operation Dumbo Drop is one of those movies that despite its' implausible and shallow trappings, is wholely enjoyable.

The movie is set during the Vietnam War, a setting in time not particularly known for its' lightheartedness. The story concerns a group of soldiers who must replace an elephant from a village where one was originally a war casualty. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is. However that does not stop the completely likeable cast including Danny Glover, Ray Liotta and Denis Leary from appearing to have fun with the movie. While the movie is set up as children's fare, there are some relatively intense scenes of war which are inevitable given the setting.

Yet through it all, the story manages to exude humor and warmth which make it easily one of the most pleasant Vietnam-era movies ever. While not necessarily recommended for all kids, this movie is family friendly and entertaining, contrary to popular belief.

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