Operation Dumbo Drop

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Operation Dumbo Drop (1995 Movie)

“Operation Dumbo Drop” is a family comedy film released in 1995. The movie is based on the true story of a United States military operation during the Vietnam War. It was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Simon Wincer.

The film is set in 1968 during the Vietnam War, and it follows the story of a group of Special Forces soldiers who are tasked with a mission to transport an elephant from a village to a remote jungle location. The elephant, named Bo Tat, is a gift from the village to the local villagers who are struggling with food shortages.

The mission becomes challenging as the soldiers face various obstacles and dangers along the way, including encounters with enemy forces and the difficult terrain of the Vietnamese jungle. Throughout their journey, the soldiers form a strong bond with the elephant and the villagers, and they learn valuable lessons about teamwork, friendship, and the importance of helping others.

The movie stars Danny Glover as Captain Sam Cahill, Ray Liotta as Lieutenant David Poole, and Denis Leary as Specialist Lawrence Farley, among others. It also features Doug E. Doug as the soldier responsible for caring for the elephant during the mission.

“Operation Dumbo Drop” received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its family-friendly entertainment and heartwarming story. The film combines elements of comedy, drama, and adventure to create an engaging and emotional experience for audiences of all ages.

Despite its modest critical reception, the movie performed well at the box office, earning over $24 million worldwide. It has since become a nostalgic favorite for many viewers who appreciate its positive message and feel-good storytelling.

“Operation Dumbo Drop” is a charming and uplifting film that offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War and highlights the courage and compassion of the soldiers involved in the operation. It showcases the power of kindness and the impact that even small acts of generosity can have on the lives of others.

Operation Dumbo Drop

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $24.6 million
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  • Danny Glover: Captain Sam Cahill
  • Ray Liotta: Captain T.C. Doyle
  • Denis Leary: Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Poole
  • Doug E. Doug: Specialist 4 Harvey Ashford
  • Corin Nemec: Specialist 5 Lawrence Farley
  • Dinh Thien Le: Linh
  • James Hong: Y B’ham
  • Tchéky Karyo: Goddard
  • Hoang Ly: Brigadier Nguyen
  • Vo Trung Anh: Captain Quang
  • Marshall Bell: Major Pederson
  • Tim Kelleher: Major Morris
  • Raymond Cruz: Staff Sergeant Adams
  • Tai: Bo Tat


  • Director: Simon Wincer
  • Producer: Diane Nabatoff and David Madden
  • Music: David Newman

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