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To keep the loyalty of a village during the Vietnam war, a U.S. Army officer and his unit struggle to deliver it a live elephant.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writers:

James Morris (story) (as Jim Morris), Gene Quintano | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Capt. Sam Cahill
Ray Liotta ... Capt. T.C. Doyle
Denis Leary ... Lt. David Poole
Doug E. Doug ... SP4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford
Corin Nemec ... Sp5 Lawrence Farley
Dinh Thien Le ... Linh
Tchéky Karyo ... Goddard (as Tcheky Karyo)
Hoang Ly Hoang Ly ... Col. Nguyen
Vo Trung Anh Vo Trung Anh ... Lt. Quang, NVA
Marshall Bell ... Col. Pederson
James Hong ... Y B'ham
Long Nguyen ... Jhon
Tim Kelleher ... C-123 Pilot
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... C-123 Co-Pilot
Kevin LaRosa Kevin LaRosa ... Irish - Huey Pilot #1 (as Kevin Larosa)
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Storyline

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. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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A story about big dreams and small miracles. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for war action and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dumbo Drop See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,392,155, 30 July 1995

Gross USA:

$24,670,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,670,346
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, an abridged version of the song "When I See an Elephant Fly" from Dumbo (1941) can be heard. See more »

Goofs

When the elephant is sedated and the kid pulls a knife on Danny Glover, the way the blade bends, you can tell that it's a rubber knife. See more »

Quotes

Lihn: [really upset at the soldiers] You nice American? You think you're Number One? You Number Ten!
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Soundtracks

HANG ON SLOOPY
Written by Wes Farrell (as Wes Ferrell) and Bert Berns
Performed by The McCoys
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Entertaining diversion
20 August 2002 | by mpcohenSee all my reviews

I do not understand the criticism that some professional reviewers give of this film about its unrealistic treatment of the Vietnam War. I was opposed to that war from about the time that it started but I never doubted the good intentions of those young men who risked their lives fighting it. What is so wrong in playing up that aspect of it? The film is, after all, based on a true story. The film seemed to me to be like a movie version of the television show MASH done for children. Everybody has good words for MASH. Nobody ever complained about doing a comedy about the Korean War. This is a good kid's film with some really fine acting by Liotta, Glover and Leary.


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