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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Sam Cahill
... Capt. T.C. Doyle
... Lt. David Poole
... SP4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford
... Sp5 Lawrence Farley
... Linh
... Goddard (as Tcheky Karyo)
Hoang Ly ... Col. Nguyen
Vo Trung Anh ... Lt. Quang, NVA
... Col. Pederson
... Y B'ham
... Jhon
... C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens ... C-123 Co-Pilot
Kevin LaRosa ... Irish - Huey Pilot #1 (as Kevin Larosa)
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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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Rated PG for war action and language | See all certifications »

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28 July 1995 (USA)  »

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$24,700,000
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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When the elephant is sedated and the kid pulls a knife on Danny Glover, the way the blade bends, you can tell that it's a rubber knife. See more »

Quotes

David Poole: You know something? This country's really beautiful.
Sp5 Lawrence Farley: Yeah. Kind of reminds me of home.
David Poole: [suddenly acid] Oh, really? How exactly does this remind you of home?
Sp5 Lawrence Farley: Well...
David Poole: No, Farley, tell me, what is it? The spirit-crushing humidity? The disease-bearing insects? Or is it that special feeling that comes from the knowledge that at any given moment, a sniper's bullet could come spiralling towards your forehead?
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

GIMME SOME LOVIN'
Written by Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood and Muff Winwood
Performed by The Spencer Davis
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets and Island Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Underrated
4 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Operation Dumbo Drop was actually a nice movie in my opinion. Based on a true story it had a nice flowing story line full of action and family-appropriate material. Great actors such as Danny Glover helped the film come alive and send out strong messages. Not the best motion picture.. but it was fun and definitely did/does not deserve the type of criticism I often see it getting. It is a great film for a family movie night or even when you're alone and simply bored. Children and Adults alike can appreciate the exciting action (accompanied with only occasional mild violence), cute humor, and expressed morals and the importance of human kindness. History bluffs would also enjoy this since it takes place during the Vietnam War and shows some interesting details. Overall I believe the movie as a whole deserved at least a 7/10 rating.

-Amanda, Miss Movie Bluff


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