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Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons (1978)

La ballade des Dalton (original title)
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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René Goscinny (comic), Morris (comic) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

René Goscinny died shortly before the production of the movie was over. See more »

Connections

Followed by Les Dalton en cavale (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

La ballade des Dalton
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Henri Gruel & Lawrence Riesner
Performed by Eric Kristy
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Mediocre but somewhat entertaining
4 April 2005 | by uruseiranmaSee all my reviews

7 years after Lucky Luke dealt with the Dalton Brothers in the western frontier near Daisy Town, Luke and the Dalton's paths cross again, in The Ballad of the Dalton Gang.' A banjo player narrates the tail of how this time, Luke takes the Dalton's to prison. Though once inside, the Daltons are met by Augustus Betting, who is representing the estate of their late relative Uncle Henry Dalton. Throughout his exploits, Henry Dalton amassed quite a fortune, and named his nephews as his heirs, but on condition that they eliminate the judge and jury that sentenced him. Thoug, to make sure that they do their job, Henry Dalton wants Lucky Luke to supervise the boys (since Luke was the most honorable and trustworthy man he knew). The Dalton's manage to break out of prison, and run into Luke. Though they threaten to either shoot him, or give him a share of Henry's legacy. Luke seems to be taking this well, and offers to help rubbing out those the boys are after.

Once again, this film falls onto some humor that is probably too different for American audience to embrace. There's a dog named Rin Tin Can who just seems to be a clueless mutt who the law enforcement people keep praising, but doesn't really do much good for the better part of the film. Also, Luke's horse Jolly Jumper is given a speaking voice as well, though he's only understood by the other animals.


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