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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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C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens ...
C-123 Co-Pilot
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 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The plane used to transport the elephants, was a C-123. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

David Poole: You know something? This country's really beautiful.
Sp5 Lawrence Farley: Yeah. Kind of reminds me of home.
David Poole: [suddenly acid] Oh, really? How exactly does this remind you of home?
Sp5 Lawrence Farley: Well...
David Poole: No, Farley, tell me, what is it? The spirit-crushing humidity? The disease-bearing insects? Or is it that special feeling that comes from the knowledge that at any given moment, a sniper's bullet could come spiralling towards your forehead?
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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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Dumb Fun.
18 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Operation Dumbo Drop is one of those movies that despite its' implausible and shallow trappings, is wholely enjoyable.

The movie is set during the Vietnam War, a setting in time not particularly known for its' lightheartedness. The story concerns a group of soldiers who must replace an elephant from a village where one was originally a war casualty. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is. However that does not stop the completely likeable cast including Danny Glover, Ray Liotta and Denis Leary from appearing to have fun with the movie. While the movie is set up as children's fare, there are some relatively intense scenes of war which are inevitable given the setting.

Yet through it all, the story manages to exude humor and warmth which make it easily one of the most pleasant Vietnam-era movies ever. While not necessarily recommended for all kids, this movie is family friendly and entertaining, contrary to popular belief.


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