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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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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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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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Trivia

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

[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 The Nanny: Call Me Fran (1998) 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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Underrated
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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