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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Kevin LaRosa ...
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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?


It only took six weeks to shoot the scenes with the elephant replicas. See more »


When the soldiers jump out of the cargo plane before the Botat, the barrels of their rifles can be seen to be bending, indicating they are props. 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 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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4 July 2004 | by (Virginia Beach, VA) – See all my reviews

Operation Dumbo Drop was actually a nice movie in my opinion. Based on a true story it had a nice flowing story line full of action and family-appropriate material. Great actors such as Danny Glover helped the film come alive and send out strong messages. Not the best motion picture.. but it was fun and definitely did/does not deserve the type of criticism I often see it getting. It is a great film for a family movie night or even when you're alone and simply bored. Children and Adults alike can appreciate the exciting action (accompanied with only occasional mild violence), cute humor, and expressed morals and the importance of human kindness. History bluffs would also enjoy this since it takes place during the Vietnam War and shows some interesting details. Overall I believe the movie as a whole deserved at least a 7/10 rating.

-Amanda, Miss Movie Bluff

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