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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.


Simon Wincer


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




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)


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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A story about big dreams and small miracles. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: [into radio] Request fire mission and expedite. Target coordinates Bravo-Romeo seven-four-five-six-five-seven-two-niner. Fire one marking round.
[as Quang watches through his binoculars, a shell lands just aft of the Marie Antoinette. His crew laughs at the Americans' incompetence]
Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: Barney, that was perfect, man!
Capt. T.C. Doyle: No, it wasn't perfect, it almost hit us! Give him the coordinates...!
Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: Captain, we're moving! Those coordinates should be perfect, right about...
Capt. T.C. Doyle: Better be right...
Harvey (H.A.) Ashford: [into radio] Fire for effect!
Capt. T.C. Doyle: ...
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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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26 April 2004 | by Dr_RoButtnikSee all my reviews

Yah, hey I made a name just to argue with the idiot that made the last review for this movie. Laws of physics actually state that objects fall at the same speed no matter how heavy they are. Try it with a penny and a book at the top of your house. So don't talk about laws of physics if you are uninformed about something that is taught pretty much on Day One of Physics 101. So you may argue that it's still impossible to catch up with the elephant. Yah, it probably is, but if he went into a dive motion (a la James Bond in the beginning of Goldeneye) it's possible to decrease air resistance and increase aerodynamics in such a way to fall faster. Stunt sky-divers do it all the time. So that's the second reason why you're wrong. Talk to you later and hope you have fun posting opinionated comments about something when you have no basis or knowledge for opinion.

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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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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