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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 ...
Lt. Quang, NVA
Marshall Bell ...
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Tim Kelleher ...
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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 <>

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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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$24,700,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Character Shop constructed a total of eight life-size elephants to resemble the real one in the movie. See more »


When the elephant is sedated and the kid pulls a knife on Danny Glover, the way the blade bends, you can tell that it's a rubber knife. See more »


David Poole: You know something? This country's really beautiful.
Sp5 Lawrence Farley: Yeah. Kind of reminds me of home.
David Poole: [suddenly acid] Oh, really? How exactly does this remind you of home?
Sp5 Lawrence Farley: Well...
David Poole: No, Farley, tell me, what is it? The spirit-crushing humidity? The disease-bearing insects? Or is it that special feeling that comes from the knowledge that at any given moment, a sniper's bullet could come spiralling towards your forehead?
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »


from "The Magic Flute"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
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21 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not to be knit-picky, but, Denis Leary's character was not a lieutenant. He was a "Chief Warrant Officer Grade 3", or "CWO-3" for short. If there is any question of this, one should check out the close-up of Leary to note the bar on his collar with 3 black squares on it.

Should also be noted, wearing of the Beret with colored insignia and flash (patch), was not done during combat operations. The last thing anyone wanted was to be seen because there was something shiny or colorful which could give away one's position to the enemy.

Aside from those inconsistencies, Disney did a great job of putting this motion picture together.

The people chosen, did a fantastic job of being as authentic as possible. Of course, much about the real story had to be quieted down for the sake of the audiences viewing pleasure. Since the real truth of the war was the horror of confrontation.

This was an awesome film, which helped to show an aspect of people in the military, as people. And not the mindless drone killers, some in the population would have the world believe. There was much humanity by the armed forces, but, those are the news stories which the networks DIDN'T show, because it didn't have the flair and sensationalism that was desired by the various network news casts.

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