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Operation Dumbo Drop

1995, Kids & family/Comedy, 1h 47m

25 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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The Vietnam War would seem an unlikely backdrop for a family-friendly comedy involving an airlifted elephant, and Operation Dumbo Drop lands with a thud. Read critic reviews

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Soon-to-retire Captain Sam Cahill (Danny Glover) and his unit labor to build a secret relationship with a local Vietnamese village in order to conduct surveillance on an enemy weapons-smuggling operation that goes through on a nightly basis. When the enemy discovers this, they kill the village's elephant as a punishment. Cahill, his replacement Captain T.C. Doyle (Ray Liotta) and a team of special forces must locate and transport another elephant in time for the village's spiritual event.

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Danny Glover
Capt. Sam Cahill
Ray Liotta
Capt. T.C. Doyle
Denis Leary
Lt. David Poole
Doug E. Doug
Spc. 4 Harvey "H.A." Ashford
Corin Nemec
Spc. 5 Lawrence Farley
Hoang Ly
Col. Nguyen
Vo Trung Anh
NVA Lt. Quang
Marshall Bell
Col. Pederson
Le Minh Tien
NVA Captain
Mac Van Nam
NVA Lieutenant
Gene Quintano
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Jim Kouf
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Audience Reviews for Operation Dumbo Drop

  • Jul 29, 2012
    Interesting plot, but not a really interesting film to watch.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2011
    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.
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  • Oct 16, 2009
    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.
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  • Jun 18, 2006
    Bleh, sorry Adam i didn't like this one as much as you did.
    Nathan L Super Reviewer

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