Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Operation Dumbo Drop1995

Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Operation Dumbo Drop Photos

Movie Info

During the Vietnam War, a Green Beret unit is given an unusual mission: to improve relations with a small village, they must find and deliver an elephant in time for an important ceremony. This family comedy centers on their often humorous attempts to locate and transport the massive beast.

Watch it now


Danny Glover
as Capt. Sam Cahill
Ray Liotta
as Capt. T.C. Doyle
Denis Leary
as David Poole
Doug E. Doug
as Harvey Ashford
Corin Nemec
as Lawrence Farley
Tcheky Karyo
as Goddard
Hoang Ly
as Nguyen
Marshall Bell
as Pederson
James Hong
as Y B'ham
Tim Kelleher
as C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens
as C-123 Co-Pilot
Kevin La Rosa
as Huey Pilot No. 1
Christopher Ward
as Huey Co-Pilot
Robert Kevin Miller
as Huey Gunner No. 1
Michael Lee
as Village Elder
Le Minh Tien
as NVA Captain
Mac Van Nam
as NVA Lieutenant
Ton Nguyen That
as Feed Salesman
Somsak Hormsabat
as Bike Driver
Lionel Douglas
as Lieutenant
Tien Nguyen Van
as NVA Anti-Aircraft
Chern Dao Van
as Lihn's Father
Steve Countouriotis
as Huey Co-Pilot No. 2
Mark S. Bryant
as C-130 Pilot
Jared Chandler
as C-130 Co-Pilot
Hing Hang Quang
as Old Villager
Thanh Nguyen
as NVA Soldier
Wichien Nguyen Thi
as Peasant Woman
View All

Critic Reviews for Operation Dumbo Drop

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

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 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

The story is so sentimentalized, so sanitized into a family comedy, that I do doubt the reality was anything like this.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A harmless, if mostly charmless, movie.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

an earnest blend of comedy and action

June 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Click to read the article.

January 4, 2005 | Full Review…

Three great actors. One lovable elephant.

September 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Operation Dumbo Drop

Interesting plot, but not a really interesting film to watch.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Witty and fun!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Operation Dumbo Drop Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features