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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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Goddard (as Tcheky Karyo)
Hoang Ly ...
Col. Nguyen
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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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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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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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$24,700,000
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Trivia

The character shop constructed a total of eight life-size elephants to resemble the real one in the movie. 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

David Poole: Gilman, may I remind you that I have friends who have absolutely no regard for the sanctity of human life? I pick up the phone, I have your head in a bag on my desk tomorrow morning.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

WHEN I SEE AN ELEPHANT FLY
Written by Ned Washington and Oliver Wallace
Performed by Cliff Edwards, Jim Carmichael and the Hall-Johnson Choir
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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Feel good for flying elephants
10 March 2005 | by 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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