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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 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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Five tons of Disney fun! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Denis Leary has said that he, Danny Glover, and Ray Liotta only did the picture because they each wanted to buy property. Filming took so long, and got so bad, they all started carrying around pictures of the property and looking at them to get them through the shooting. 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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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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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The positive side of Vietnam
11 January 2016 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1995, "Operation Dumbo Drop" is a Disney flick inspired by the real story of the US Army supplying an elephant for a village during the Vietnam War. Danny Glover and Ray Liotta star as the two officers in charge of the mission assisted by Denis Leary, Doug E. Doug and Corin Nemec. Dinh Thien Le appears as the boy, Linh, companion of the elephant Bo Tat.

An NCO indirectly linked to the real operation said the movie was much more interesting and fun than the actual event as the mission was pulled off without a hitch with little entertainment value. Being a Disney flick, the combat situations are "Yeah, right" and no one gets hurt, but that's to be expected. Other than this, it's a straight forward dramedy/adventure.

While I'm generally not into Disney flicks, it's nice to see a more positive side of the war after watching movies like "We Were Soldiers," "Platoon" and "A Rumor of War." Believe it or not, there WERE fun, comedic and altruistic occasions over there, every day. Many good Americans perished directly attempting to prevent harm to Vietnamese people. Many risked their lives not in combat, but in aiding civilian villagers in tasks they could not accomplish themselves. Many worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the Vietnamese, providing food, cooking utensils, clothing and other necessities to those displaced by the conflict. Yes, I realize you could argue that they wouldn't be in such a predicament if there was no war, but don't forget that, generally speaking, the South Vietnamese didn't want communistic rule and the conquest-minded NVA were no angels. Look no further than the incredible killing fields of Cambodia.

I love elephants, so I also appreciate this element. What's most enjoyable, besides the great cast, are the exceptional Thailand locations. Although there are a few eye-rolling parts, like all Disney movies, a lot was put into making this film. It's a fun adventure reminiscent of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." Unfortunately, there are no key female parts and the "Yeah, right" moments are too painful to give a higher rating.

The movie runs 107 minutes.

GRADE: C+ or B- (5.5/10)


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Country:

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Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,392,155, 30 July 1995

Gross USA:

$24,670,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,670,346
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2.39 : 1
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