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Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons (1978)

La ballade des Dalton (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 7 May 1979 (USA)
In a small saloon, a man with a banjo begins to sing a song about Lucky Luke, and his recent capture of the Dalton brothers: Joe, William, Jack, and Averell. After being sent to prison, the ... See full synopsis »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ... Min Li Foo, le blanchisseur chinois / Mathias Bones, le joyeux croque-mort (voice)
Georges Atlas Georges Atlas ... (voice)
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Lucky Luke (voice)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... William Dalton (voice)
Xavier Depraz Xavier Depraz ... (voice)
Jacques Deschamps Jacques Deschamps ... Bud Bugman, le conducteur de locomotive (voice)
Gisèle Grimm Gisèle Grimm ... (voice)
Michel Elias Michel Elias ... Plume de serpent, le sorcier indien (voice)
Bernard Haller ... Ran Tan Plan, le chien le plus bête et le plus symphatique de l'Ouest (voice)
Jacques Fabbri ... Thadeus Collins, le directeur de prison (voice)
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... Jack Dalton (voice)
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... L'imprimeur (voice)
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Pancho (voice)
Jacques Legras Jacques Legras ... Augustus Betting, le notaire (voice)
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Sam Game, le prêcheur et tricheur repenti (voice)


In a small saloon, a man with a banjo begins to sing a song about Lucky Luke, and his recent capture of the Dalton brothers: Joe, William, Jack, and Averell.

After being sent to prison, the brothers receive a surprise visit from an attorney named Augustus Betting. He then explains to them that their Uncle Henry Dalton has been hung. Augustus then informs the Dalton brothers that their Uncle willed them the fortune he accumulated through a lifetime of robberies and hold-ups. However, in order to receive the money, the Dalton brothers must eliminate the judge and jury that sentenced Henry to death. Joe ecstatically wants the names, but is sidelined when the attorney explains that Henry Dalton wanted someone to supervise the executions to be sure they were carried out. Ironically, Henry wishes for Lucky Luke to make sure his last wishes are carried out. The attorney concludes that if the brothers fail to honor Henry's wishes, the fortune will then be donated to charity.

That evening, Joe ...

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Release Date:

7 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lucky Luke dose not sing his trademark "I'm a poor lonesome cowboy" song. However the tune of the song can be heard throughout the movie. See more »


Follows Daisy Town (1971) See more »


La ballade des Dalton
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Henri Gruel & Lawrence Riesner
Performed by Eric Kristy
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A fun well made movie
7 February 2016 | by stenholmgabrielSee all my reviews

This is a great animated film that the whole family can enjoy. The First thing you notice is that the film is quite a bit darker than your usual Disney fair. This movie has talk of death , smoking, drinking and satire on religion. It's all played for laughs course.

A good thing with this movie is that if you show it to your kids they'll learn something from it.Lucky Luke almost always use his head and solves his problems with cunning. It teaches children to be smart. The screenwriter Pierre Tchernia was clearly smart when he wrote the film. This is not a stupid movie.

The voice acting( talking about the Swedish dub only have not seen the french original) is great although I think that ans Lindgren(R.I.P.) plays a few too many roles. But it is better than the dubbing of Lucky Luke: Daisy Town where one person played all roles. Which not only is an insult to the movie but also makes it unwatchable in Swedish. The same thing was done in English.

In the end La Ballade des Dalton is a fun well made movie for the whole family that's well worth a watch.

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