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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.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writers:

James Morris (story) (as Jim Morris), Gene Quintano | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Capt. Sam Cahill
Ray Liotta ... Capt. T.C. Doyle
Denis Leary ... Lt. David Poole
Doug E. Doug ... SP4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford
Corin Nemec ... Sp5 Lawrence Farley
Dinh Thien Le ... Linh
Tchéky Karyo ... Goddard (as Tcheky Karyo)
Hoang Ly Hoang Ly ... Col. Nguyen
Vo Trung Anh Vo Trung Anh ... Lt. Quang, NVA
Marshall Bell ... Col. Pederson
James Hong ... Y B'ham
Long Nguyen ... Jhon
Tim Kelleher ... C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... C-123 Co-Pilot
Kevin LaRosa 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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Landing this summer See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for war action and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dumbo Drop See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiang Mai, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$24,700,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the cast listing David Poole(Dennis Leary) is listed as Lt. Poole. In the movie he is actually a US Army Chief Warrant Officer Three. This can be seen by the right collar bar on his uniform that has a bar with three black boxes and by the Warrant officer insignia on the left collar. 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

References McHale's Navy (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BARTERED BRIDE
Written by Bedrich Smetana
Performed by Czech Philharmonic Chorus & Ceská Filharmonie
Courtesy of Sonton Music
By Arrangement with Associated Production Music
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The Good & Bad Of 'Operation Dumbo Drop'
1 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This movie had some typically-good Disney aspects to it but also some typically- bad Disney agendas in here that just about made me puke.

With modern-day Disney films - or at least the ones in the 1980s and 1990s - you can expect the following "good" and "bad:" This movie proves to be no exception.

GOOD - Slick-looking photography with beautiful Vitenamese scenery; low profanity; an interesting story that moves well.

BAD - Political-correctness run amok......an annoying kid who knows more than the adults; an ending that's always drawn out too long; a reverence for Eastern religions or anything that is not Christianity; a black and a white lead character in which the black is always the better of the two, etc. etc.

A SURPRISE - Danny Glover and Ray Liotta losing their tempers but not swearing a blue streak. Wow, now that's different!


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