Ein neuer Mann für Daisy Town
Lucio Bompani (executive) for Reteitalia, Paloma Films
directed by Terence Hill
starring Terence Hill, Nancy Morgan, Roger Miller (voice), Ron Carey, Dominic Barto, Bo Greigh, Fritz Sperberg, Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad, Neil Summers, Mark Hardwick, Buff Douthitt, Sky Fabin, Marc Mouchet, Radha Delamarter, Robin Westphal, Deborah Mansy, Andrea Camarena-Lindsay, Paula Baz, Amy Martin, Kira Davis, Robyn Reede, Jack Caffrey, Roger Matter, Nicholas Anthony, Kenny Dikerson, Phil Tracy Delgado, Dave Thomas, Kee Bahe Elsisie, Jose Rey Toledo, Fredrick Lopez, Carl Allrunner Vicenti, William P. Yazzie, Kenneth White II, Virginia Bird, Pete Oka, Richard Montoya, Redbird, Boots Southerland, Michael Morrow, Michael Pritchard, Adam Taylor, James Tarwater, Jerry Hardy, Arthur Collins, Stéphanie Barber
screenplay by Lori Hill, based on the comicbook Daisy Town by Morris (artist), René Goscinny (writer), Lucky Luke created by Morris, music by David Grover, Aaron Schröder
Lucky Luke, Lucky Luke (Terence Hill), the Daltons
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Founded by honest settlers after a peace treaty with the local Native
Americans was signed, Daisy Town has eventually become a haven of
lawlessness, with Sheriffs being tarred and feathered rather routinely.
But then notorious do-gooder Lucky Luke (Terence Hill) rides into town on
his trusted horse Jolly Jumper (voiced by Roger Miller), cleans the town
of all troublemakers, gunslingers, drunkards and the like ... and
eventually, Daisy Town has become a place so boring that it starts to hit
the town's economy.
Enter the Daltons (Ron Carey, Dominic Barto, Bo
Greigh, Fritz Sperberg), Luke's arch enemies whom he throws into jail
routinely - but who have just been released legally, so without them
committing a crime, Luke can't book them - much to his dismay. The Daltons
try to bring up the locals against Luke, but at first with little success
- so they move over to the neighbouring Indian tribe and want to bring
them up against the settlers of Daisy Town ... and somehow they succeed -
but when they lead the Indian attack, they make fools out of themselves
while Luke talks over peace with Chief Prairie Dog (Dave Thomas), and
they're quick to agree - and the cavalry arrives only much too late for
anything. The only thing left to do now is return the Daltons to prison
Nancy Morgan plays Lucky Luke's love interest, but has little to do
with the actual plot.
Lucky Luke is one of France's most
popular comic series that was created by Morris back in 1946 and is still
released to this day, with its direction having changed little from its
initial conception of both hommage and parody of the western genre. So it
was inevitable that after quite a few animated films and TV series it
would be adapted as a live action movie as well. And even though he looks
nothing like the Lucky Luke of the comics, the choice of Terence Hill for
the lead doesn't seem like too far-fetched a choice, as he was one of the
biggest stars of the comical strain of spaghetti westerns, which were
heavily influenced by the Lucky Luke comics to begin with.
though, Lucky Luke the movie came out a mess: As a director,
Terence Hill just couldn't translate the humour of the comicbook to the
sceen, as an actor, he's rather wooden and brings a melancholy to the role
that's nowhere hinted at in the comics, and he changed around the iconic
looks of the comicbooks too much as to really click with the audience
expecting a little more accuracy. But the biggest sins of the film are it
isn't nearly tense enough for good western entertainment, and shies away
from any good setpieces and especially an exciting finale, and it's just
not very funny, with only the actors of the Daltons bringing any actual
humour to the proceedings.