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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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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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Scott N. Stevens ...
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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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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

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

It took three months to build all eight elephants. Two were animatronic and can make life like movements operated from a control system, while the other six are static and were made out of fiberglass. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[on Goddard]
Capt. Sam Cahill: He gave us the best intelligence on the V.C.'s location that we ever got.
Goddard: Well, what can I say? I love America.
[He motions to a framed photo of Lyndon Johnson on his dashboard. Cahill picks it up and flips it over, showing a photo of Ho Chi Minh]
Capt. Sam Cahill: He gave the V.C. their best intelligence on our location, too.
[Cahill laughs]
Goddard: What can I say? I love everybody.
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Connections

Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT ARIA
from "The Magic Flute"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Disney goes to Vietnam
15 August 2001 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

The Vietnam War makes a really unorthodox setting for a Disney movie, but this movie goes along quite well, thanks to its performances. Danny Glover and Ray Liotta star as the leaders of a rag-tag American platoon in charge of guarding an elephant and its young Vietnamese trainer on a trip to one part of the divided country to another.

Because of its family-friendly base, OPERATION DUMBO DROP plays it

safe with it's war violence. But who says you need bloody, graphic action in order to make a good war-oriented film? As long as the

performances are stellar, the film wins. Case in point is OPERATION DUMBO DROP.


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