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Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

Danny Glover , Ray Liotta , Simon Wincer  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Ray Liotta, Denis Leary, Doug E. Doug, Corin Nemec
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Writers: James Morris, Gene Quintano, Jim Kouf
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089796
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Operation Dumbo Drop" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Stunt doubles for Tai the elephant were used for less important shots, while animatronic elephants were used for the really dangerous stunts -- like an 8,000-foot parachute drop from an airplane.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and funny Vietnam War movie, from Disney. December 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The movie is extremely accurate in its depiction of a US Army Special Forces by-the-book Captain, Ray Liotta, coming to a strategic hamlet in Vietnam to relieve his predecessor, Danny Glover. The movie is entertaining but at the same time accurate in many of the details about this time and war that the rest of Hollywood as chosen to ignore. To Hollywood there is no humor in the Vietnam War, except to deride and satirize the sacrifice of those that served there. Danny Glover is excellent as the SF officer who has served his time, but doesn't want to leave his second family. Ray Liotta gives an excellent performance as the new guy on the block who has his own view of how things should work. Even the performance of Dennis Leary is surprisingly controlled, compared to his other performances. The story concerns how these two American officers conspire to get a replacement elephant for the village, which views it as a good luck charm, after their own elephant is killed. The Americans try every trick in the book, and some not in the book, to get an elephant to this village. The story is a true one, although the elephant was not parachuted into the village as depicted in the movie. The villagers are not Hindu, as a previous reviewer claimed. They are Buddhist, with a strange smattering of animism, as were so many Nung tribesmen in that region. There is very little bad language, no overt violence, no gore, and no sex scenes. The movie tells a simple story of kindness, and heroism during wartime, which is seldom seen in theatres anymore.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best jump scene ever! July 20, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
What do you get when you combine:
- a near-retirement, throw-away-the-book officer that has been stationed in the middle of nowhere with no supervision and only Vietnamese for friends for years
- a hardcore airborne officer that goes strictly by the book
- a nearing ETS soldier who's scared out of his shoes that he will be killed just before he catches the freedom bird
- an Iowa farm boy that left the farm to get away from those doggone animals ... animals that never did like him
- a fast-talking romeo-type acquisitions officer
- a cantankerous female elephant
- a Vietnamese boy whose only remaining friend is a cantankerous female elephant
and send the group on a cross country journey through enemy territory?
You get a Walt Disney classic that will have you feeling every possible emotion. I have seen this movie hundreds of times and still end up in tears when I watch it. It is hilarious. Oddly enough, it is based on an actual true event. Only the 101st Airborne would do something like this.
This has my favorite parachuting scene. When they drop Botat out of the plane, her static line has been severed by a bullet and does not pull her chute. Geez, the next couple of minutes will stick with you for the rest of your life!
The casting was absolutely perfect. Each person played his role to the max! This is the movie that really brought Ray Liotta to our attention. Playing opposite Danny Glover was the ideal combination. They really rock in this movie.
Get this one for the entire family to enjoy! Also order the soundtrack. Once you see the movcie, you will picture Botat in the back of that old truck every time you hear "Hang On Sloopy" and you will see the flying adventure when you hear "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher." Order both today.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles?? September 19, 2004
The version I saw in theater had subtitles for what the Viet Cong were saying. Due to the film being in Full Screen scan and pan the subtitles for the Vietnamese is missing, so you're missing out on 25-50% of the story of what's going on. Additionally you miss the final comment by the VC soldier, which was funny. It's still a great movie, but Disney really screwed this release up by not reformatting the subtitle to fit the full frame edition they stuck it in.

** EDIT** Had English subtitles on, so the Vietnamese wasn't shown as it loaded thru the captions. I leave my rating at 3 due to no Widescreen version or special features worth mentioning though. It wasn't a bad movie, it deserves a better DVD treatment, esp from a company like Disney.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, funny story but.... December 28, 2006
We purchased this DVD because we had the VHS tape and wanted the updated format. Sounds good, right? WRONG! The subtitles are not there! That is outrageous. What numbskull decided that? Who do I complain to? I hope there is a new widescreen edition in the works that has the bloody SUBTITLES, in English please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operation Dumbo Drop February 20, 2010
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. This is a cute little movie with Danny Glover excellent in the lead role, and excellent support provided by Ray Liotta, Denis Leary, and Doug E. Doug. Doug E. Doug who is excellent all around as a performer adds a certain spark to this movie that makes it very funny. This is a movie that is definitely worth seeing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Heartwarming Movie
I have seen this movie several times over the years and still enjoy it! For someone like myself who was in their teens during the Vietnam War, this movie shows the lighter side of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lee B. Fleischman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with product
Cause I was pleased with the product
I'm very big movie collector I have over six hundred and only getting bigger it was a nice one to add to my collection
Published 1 month ago by Sean siebel
1.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, unsatisfactory product
Ordered movie for grandchildren, however they could not view because message appeared saying "unable to play in your region". Why does this happen?
Published 2 months ago by Carole Langel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for laughs
Even though this is based on a real story, it is good for laughter. I'm glad that I have this in my collection. G.Goff
Published 2 months ago by raygoff67
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie puts a face to war and culture differences
This movie is a great learning tool for children to understand why the U.S.A. promised the Hmong people a better life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Savin-Paker
1.0 out of 5 stars can not play dvd, says can not use
can not play it--says can not use. would like to see the movie, but cannot I don't know what is up with the dvd, says can not play.
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn F. McAllaster
In a war that I was a combatent this story shows how we can focus on being kind instead of being involved in destructive horror. It's just plain FUNNY too!
Published 2 months ago by James M. Furth
4.0 out of 5 stars Operation Dumbo Drop
Good cinematography and performances, and handling of Vietnam environment as well as could be done given the movie's family rating.
Published 2 months ago by David Bagley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie to watch!
Good Family movie!! Good laughs!! Seen it when I was a kid & enjoyed sharing a good movie with my children.
Published 2 months ago by Christie D. Keortge
1.0 out of 5 stars broke
It doesn't work. It plays and you can hear the music, but when the people talk you can,t hear them.
Published 2 months ago by sands
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