Fearless gunslinger Lucky Luke is ordered by the President to bring peace to Daisy Town.

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James Huth

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Sonja Shillito (scenario), James Huth (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Lucky Luke
Michaël Youn ... Billy The Kid
Sylvie Testud ... Calamity Jane
Daniel Prévost ... Pat Poker
Alexandra Lamy ... Belle
Melvil Poupaud ... Jesse James
Jean-François Balmer ... Le gouverneur
André Oumansky ... President
Gabriel Corrado Gabriel Corrado ... Luke's Father
Pompeyo Audivert ... Undertaker
Atilio Pozzobón Atilio Pozzobón ... Barman
Alberto Laiseca Alberto Laiseca ... Dick Digger
Mathias Sandor Mathias Sandor ... Young Luke
Carolina Presno Carolina Presno ... Luke's Mother
Carlos Kaspar Carlos Kaspar ... Hank
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Fearless gunslinger Lucky Luke is ordered by the President to bring peace to Daisy Town.

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When Billy the Kid arrives in town, a bank named James Huth Bank can be seen in the background. James Huth is the director of the film. See more »

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The credit for "Saloon Girls" is misspelled as "Saloon Gilrs". See more »

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Lucky Luke: Lucky Luke - Put 'em up!
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There is a scene in the closing credits: Lucky Luke smokes a cigarette, but upon being noticed he gets rid of it. In a parody of an anti-smoking commercial, Luke says he quit smoking in 1983 and feels better for it. See more »

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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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First act was cool.. Third act spectacular... Second act was a drag...
22 December 2017 | by ElMaruecan82See all my reviews

In 2005, James Huth directed the "Brice de Nice" film with Jean Dujardin, the film met with huge box-office success but it was 'surfing' on the popularity of the character that went suddenly viral in the early 2000's. Brice is a French pop culture icon but the movie had no role to play on that effect. But it worked and since it did, the director and the actor teamed again in 2009 and made "Lucky Luke".

It was a childhood dream for the French actor to portray his favorite hero and there's no debate that he was perfect for the role. Physically, the yellow shirt, black jacket and red scarf were tailor made for Dujardin. It's just a pity that the film doesn't exactly know what angle to take for the hero, it tries to be many things: a revisionist half- drama half-comedy Spaghetti-like Western but the humor it adopts works very sporadically and there's no second act whatsoever. The middle-part of the film feels like a drag and becomes dangerously boring until the film recovers and ends in a very interesting finale.

I avoided "Lucky Luke" for years thinking it would be one of these sorry excuses for star-studded spectacles with big names but no substance, exactly like "The Daltons", a movie I despised. but the beginning had me strangely drawn. It starts with Luke's childhood and the traumatic witnessing his parents' deaths. That was an iconoclast bit I didn't see coming, but why not? I love a movie that challenges itself and tries to take some distance from the original format. I didn't mind Luke's real name being John (logical since Lucky is a nickname) I actually liked it, a director handles his film as he pleases. It was unexpected and daring, the execution is another matter but I liked the approach.

That version of Lucky Luke could have been a drama if it wanted to, or works on a more adult humor like "Rango" did. There's a confrontation between Luke and notorious cheater Pat Poker (Daniel Prevost) that feels pretty atmospheric and Dujardin does look good in the shadows, I was like "am I really watching a Lucky Luke film?" but had the film followed that pattern of weird creativity, it might have been something to be remembered. Now, let me make a chronological leap and say that I thoroughly enjoyed the climactic confrontation in that giant slot machine with Billy the Kid (Michael Youn), Calamity Jane (Sylvie Testud) and Shakespeare wannabe Jesse James (Melvin Poulpaux). It was spectacular in a way that would have made Terry Gilliam proud.

But the problem is in the blatant lack of a second act. The middle features the kind of jokes that wouldn't belong to a film with such a start, like in "The Daltons", the parts with Jolly Jumper talking with the voice of Bruno Salomone were mildly funny but they were TV programs or spoof level. It seems as if the producers or directors thought the film needed more peps or zaniness to work with the audience, maybe they were right since the film did good at the box office, but the result is uneven and perplexing. It's almost as plain as the nose on one face: great beginning, great ending, there's no way you can enjoy the middle, it doesn't even exist, it's just plot points totally disjointed that don't even enhance the film but serve lousy gags on a plastic platter.

It's a real shame because the film had a lot of potential, Dujardin was good and even Michael Youn finds the right note as Billy the Kid (after some overacting in the beginning), this is a film that could have benefited from a better editing and trimming, and less romantic subplot with Alexandra Lamy. It was still the time of their marriage and naturally, you can't watch her without feeling sorry their marriage ended, it seems like her presence was obligatory in every movie her 'Jean' did, I wonder how she feels now about these roles. But she wasn't the worst thing about the film, it is just that some parts were very boring, which is the least thing you expect from the iconic cowboy.

To conclude, "Lucky Luke" tries to be as grandstanding as a Western Spaghetti and plays a bit of revisionism but is victim of its own commercial temptations and ends up being a bit too heavy for its own good. And allow me to borrow that line from Telerama journalist who called it "Western Ravioli", whatever it means, it gives you the idea. I don't often borrow lines but it's too tempting, I couldn't have described the film better.


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

21 October 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

EUR27,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,854,472
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2.35 : 1
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