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Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

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

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Capt. Sam Cahill
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Sp4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford
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Sp5 Lawrence Farley
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Linh
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Goddard (as Tcheky Karyo)
Hoang Ly ...
Col. Nguyen
Vo Trung Anh ...
Lt. Quang, NVA
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Col. Pederson
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Y B'ham
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Jhon
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C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens ...
C-123 Co-Pilot
Kevin LaRosa ...
Irish - Huey Pilot #1 (as Kevin Larosa)
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Storyline

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 »


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

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28 July 1995 (USA)  »

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Dumbo Drop  »

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Box Office

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$24,700,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While filming the parachute scene, the parachute failed to open for three of the six fiberglass elephant replicas during the first three takes of the scene. This resulted in having three out of the six replicas getting damaged when they didn't land on the ground safely. See more »

Goofs

During the negotiations to buy Bo-Tat the insignia on Doyle's beret is reversed. The insignia is of the 5th Special Forces Group and is a diagonal yellow stripe with three scarlet stripes in it going from the top left (as seen by the observer) to the lower right.) Doyle's is going top right to lower left. (NOTE: It happens that the Vietnamese flag is yellow with three horizontal red stripes.) See more »

Quotes

Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: [Bo-Tat has vomitted on the boat deck] My kids are gonna ask me: "Daddy, what's the worst thing you saw in the war?" After this, there's no contest!
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Connections

References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

(YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER
Written by Carl Smith, Gary Jackson and Raynard Miner
Performed by Jackie Wilson
Courtesy of Brunswick Special Markets
By Arrangement with Tempo, a division of K-Tel Int'l
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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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