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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dumbo Drop See more »

Filming Locations:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, the AH-1 Cobra gunship that is shown taking off for a mission is a much later variant (appears to be an AH-1F model, which came out in the late 80's) that wasn't in service in Vietnam. The giveaways are the flat canopy (most obvious), the air data sensor on the top right side of the canopy, the long 3 barrel Gatling gun in the chin turret, and the IR (infrared) jammer above the exhaust. These were all produced much later and with the TOW missile system. The earlier models used in Vietnam had rounded canopies, much shorter 6 barrel Gatling guns in the chin turret (and/or a 40mm grenade launcher) and none of the other aforementioned equipment. See more »

Quotes

[as the team prepares to move out, a crow lands in a branch over Harvey's head. He freezes]
Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: Hey, you know what? All of a sudden my legs don't work.
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Connections

Referenced in Cutthroat Kitchen: Operation Gumbo Drop (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Son of a Gun
Written by Allen Story, Lawrence Brown and George Gordy
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Disney goes to Vietnam
15 August 2001 | by coverme6See all my reviews

The Vietnam War makes a really unorthodox setting for a Disney movie, but this movie goes along quite well, thanks to its performances. Danny Glover and Ray Liotta star as the leaders of a rag-tag American platoon in charge of guarding an elephant and its young Vietnamese trainer on a trip to one part of the divided country to another.

Because of its family-friendly base, OPERATION DUMBO DROP plays it

safe with it's war violence. But who says you need bloody, graphic action in order to make a good war-oriented film? As long as the

performances are stellar, the film wins. Case in point is OPERATION DUMBO DROP.


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