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Operation Dumbo Drop

Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)


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This old fashioned service comedy is suitable for the whole family. It is set in Vietnam during the war and chronicles the efforts of a small band of Green Berets as they endeavor to help out a beleaguered village located next to a major supply route for the Viet Cong. The leader, Capt. Sam Cahill has been working overtime to create good relations between the American soldiers and the villagers so he can use their little town to monitor enemy activities. Unfortunately, Cahill is slated to retire


Comedy, Kids & Family

May 6, 2003

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Photographed by the great Russell Boyd but looking drab and washed out for 108 minutes, the movie just gets by on heart and a conversation-stopping finale.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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A harmless, if mostly charmless, movie.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

an earnest blend of comedy and action

June 10, 2005

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January 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

Three great actors. One lovable elephant.

September 18, 2002

Endearing message about the value of keeping one's word and the camaraderie that can grow out of doing something good during a very bad war.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

After watching this catastrophe, it's almost hard to believe that Ray Liotta was in "Goodfellas."

August 7, 2002

Slow and tedious ... All of the actors seemed to be on autopilot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Interesting plot, but not a really interesting film to watch.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Disney decided to make a family friendly film centered around a story (inspired by true events) taking place during the Vietnam War. It sounds a little unlikely, but it happened. Until recently, I hadn't seen this film since maybe around the time it came out. I can't believe I hadn't reviewed it on here yet.

Here's the thing, I'm not against making a movie based on this story, because it is a good story, I just don't think it should have been a family friendly Disney film. It's a about two Green Berets and a few other GIs who have to deliver an elephant to a remote village to replace their old one who was killed due to a cultural misunderstanding on the parts of one of the GBs. The title of the film should have cut out the Drop, as it gives away the climax, thus stripping away what could have been a lot of tension, suspense, and surprise.

Also, given the circumstances, the film has to water down a lot of its depiction of the war, glosses over (for the most part) a lot of subtext, and plays it safe, adding in lots of schmaltz and predictability. I will say that it is moderately entertaining, but terrible history. Had this been any other studio, and not had to cater to the family crowd, it more than likely, but not necessarily, could have been a far stronger film.

Maybe that's just the more mature me being grumpy because I've got a better understanding of the world than I did when I first saw this. Like I said though, as is, it is moderately entertaining, and it does have a tad bit of profanity and a few dark moments, but ultimately it plays it safe. I think the best thing it has going for it are the rockin' period tunes and the cast. I mean hell, it's got Danny Glover, Ray Liotta, Denis Leary, the guy who played Parker Lewis, and Doug E. Doug! That's awesome. These guys deserved a better and stronger film, but I think they had at least a bit of fun here, even if they all did probably just do it for the money.

The movie's not great, but it's not too terrible either. It's mostly just sanitized and run of the mill. I wasn't bored watching it though, and some of it was funny, but I think if this would have been an art film and really focused on some of the subtext and cultural issues more it could've really been something.
October 7, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Witty and fun!
January 14, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Always been an extremely underrated flick, in my opinion. Back in the day, I watched it start to finish several times. Just something about this different and charming movie that I like.
October 16, 2009

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