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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

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The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a masked hero.

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Klinton Spilsbury ...
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Sheriff Wiatt
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Amy Striker
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Ranger Collins
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Lucas Striker
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When the young Texas Ranger, John Reid, is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the militaristic outlaw leader, Butch Cavendich, he is rescued by an old childhood Comanche friend, Tonto. When he recovers from his wounds, he dedicates his life to fighting the evil that Cavendich represents. To this end, John Reid becomes the great masked western hero, The Lone Ranger. With the help of Tonto, the pair go to rescue the President Grant when Cavendich takes him hostage. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The untold story of the man behind the mask, and the legend behind the man. See more »


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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,000,000 (USA)
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Publicity for this picture stated that the Lone Ranger had not appeared on the cinema screen in a major film for twenty-three years, the last time having being in The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). See more »

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Early in the movie, John Reid presents Amy Striker a copy of the book, A Century of Dishonor by Helen Hunt Jackson written in 1881. Grant was president from 1869 to 1877. Custer died in 1876 at the Little Big Horn. Therefore, there is an anachronism in the movie, which occurs pre-1876 for the book to be present in the movie. See more »

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Tonto: Repay me by honoring your treaties with my people.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Yes, we will TRY, you have my word.
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Follows The Lone Ranger (1966) See more »

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Written by Silvestre Vargas
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14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought Klinton Splsbury was a good Lone Ranger and Michael Horse was a good Tonto.

The magic of this film, for me, is the first half, when we see how John Reid becomes the Lone Ranger.Also, a great scene where he finds a wild white horse, breaks him, and names him Silver. But a later scene just blew my mind away.

In that scene,after Reid and Tonto bury his brother and the other ambushed Texas Rangers, he decides to wear a mask so the bad guys won't recognize him. He tells Tonto the mask will be a symbol of justice. At this point, we have not yet seen his alter ego.

That changes when we see him from the back kneeling at his brother's grave and vowing to avenge his death. Then he puts his hat on, turns around, and as we see him in his mask for the first time, blaring trumpets sound out the start of the William Tell Overture. Being a Lone Ranger fan, this literally sent shivers down my spine.

The scene continues as they both ride away to more of the overture, and, of course, we hear "Hi yo, Silver, away."

Breathtaking!


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