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.
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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
During the last fight with the VC, the film changes from light to dark and back a few times. See more
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, ...
Written by Ted White
(as Theodore White) and Aretha Franklin
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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