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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 »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

While filming the parachute scene, the parachute failed to open for three of the six fiberglass elephant replicas during the first three takes of the scene. This resulted in having three out of the six replicas getting damaged when they didn't land on the ground safely. See more »

Goofs

When BoTat and the Soldiers come under fire boating down the river, if you watch carefully, one of the mortar rounds can be seen bouncing partially out of the mortar pipe on deck the VC boat and falling back in instead of being fired out like it should. See more »

Quotes

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 ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

WHEN I SEE AN ELEPHANT FLY
Written by Ned Washington and Oliver Wallace
Performed by Cliff Edwards, Jim Carmichael and the Hall Johnson Choir (as Hall-Johnson Choir)
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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Information correction
21 January 2012 | by bobby24061See all my reviews

Not to be knit-picky, but, Denis Leary's character was not a lieutenant. He was a "Chief Warrant Officer Grade 3", or "CWO-3" for short. If there is any question of this, one should check out the close-up of Leary to note the bar on his collar with 3 black squares on it.

Should also be noted, wearing of the Beret with colored insignia and flash (patch), was not done during combat operations. The last thing anyone wanted was to be seen because there was something shiny or colorful which could give away one's position to the enemy.

Aside from those inconsistencies, Disney did a great job of putting this motion picture together.

The people chosen, did a fantastic job of being as authentic as possible. Of course, much about the real story had to be quieted down for the sake of the audiences viewing pleasure. Since the real truth of the war was the horror of confrontation.

This was an awesome film, which helped to show an aspect of people in the military, as people. And not the mindless drone killers, some in the population would have the world believe. There was much humanity by the armed forces, but, those are the news stories which the networks DIDN'T show, because it didn't have the flair and sensationalism that was desired by the various network news casts.


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