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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 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
Col. Pederson
Y B'ham
C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens ...
C-123 Co-Pilot
Kevin LaRosa ...
Irish - Huey Pilot #1 (as Kevin Larosa)


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Capt. Sam Cahill: Y B'ham doesn't stare off into space because he's a wise old soul. He's as blind as a bat!
Y B'ham: Ibham not blind! Ibham can...
[Chaill holds a knife to his neck]
Y B'ham: Ibham is blind.
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Referenced in Community: Biology 101 (2011) See more »


Written by Ted White (as Theodore White) and Aretha Franklin
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Feel good for flying elephants
10 March 2005 | by (Reno, Nv) – See all my reviews

In something Walt Disney would actually have been proud of, Operation Dumbo Drop carries the old Disney tradition of making the audience feel good without regard to it's lack of plausibility. Danny Glover and Ray Liotta, along with Dennis Leary walk a tightrope of comedy in a real war-zone situation and carry this off with a real blend of comedic and acting talent. The acting in this movie is terrific. The cinematography and all the little things that go the extra mile. . like setting, direction, musical score, sound, etc, all come together nicely. And the elephant is a great character actor! The only problem is, of course, it is a terrible war and nobody is dying. This is something traditional with the Disney family genre, but in this picture it really becomes completely implausible and will probably turn off some viewers. That said, if one can ignore the actual ridiculous nature in this total lack of plausibility, I found this picture quite easy to like.

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