Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: July 28, 1995 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Studios has produced an entertaining and heartwarming adventure. Although the film is highly unlikely, it's based on a true story.
Set in Vietnam in 1968, Ray Liotta plays Green Beret Captain Doyle, who is sent to a small mountain village to replace a retiring captain, played by Danny Glover. The village is located near the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main supply route for the Viet Cong, and therefore very important to the war effort.
The soldiers get themselves into hot water when the Viet Cong discover that the Americans have been hiding in the village and kill the native's elephant in retaliation. Since the animal did all of their heavy labor, Captains Doyle and Cahill (Glover) vow to replace it.
They gather up a couple of soldiers (Doug E. Doug and Corin Nemec), a requisitions officer (Denis Leary) and a young Vietnamese boy (the elephant's keeper) to help bring the huge animal to his promised destination. Since they have to travel more than 150 miles to get the elephant to the village, they use a flat bed truck, riverboat and cargo plane for transportation, all the while dodging intermittent gun fire from the enemy.
In keeping with the PG rating, the Vietnam War has clearly been reworked and whitewashed; gunfire just misses its target and the enemy is knocked out cold, instead of being shot.
The characters are pleasant and the script moves right along. What appeared to be just another silly, outrageous comedy on the surface, turned out to be a surprisingly entertaining family film.
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