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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, an abridged version of the song "When I See an Elephant Fly" from Dumbo (1941) can be heard. See more »

Goofs

During the last fight with the VC, the film changes from light to dark and back a few times. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Sam Cahill: What if the NVA isn't the first to come along here? What if it's a bunch of school children walking home? Did you ever think about that? No! Why? Because guys like you don't think things through!
[pokes Doyle in the forehead]
Capt. T.C. Doyle: Me? What about you? You've got six people and an elephant risking their lives so that you can go home with a clear conscience. You're afraid that when you're standing up on that rooftop with your brother in Fort Lauderdale, looking back over your sparkling military career, ...
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Soundtracks

THINK
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 WuchakSee 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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