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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 loyal friend that he trusted. The woman that fate denied him. The great silver stallion he rode. And his consuming love of justice. See more »


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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

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La leyenda del Llanero Solitario  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,000,000 (USA)
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First, final and only ever acting credit in the film and TV industry for lead actor Klinton Spilsbury who played the Lone Ranger. Spilsbury is only known for this one film. This one-film status made him the subject of a trivia question on the movie edition of the PC trivia game "You Don't Know Jack". 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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Balladeer: LYRICS TO "THE MAN IN THE MASK/BALLAD OF THE LONE RANGER"
[FIRST VERSE]
Balladeer: The legend started simply, just a boy without a home; taken in by Indians, but still pretty much alone. He had to struggle with strange customs, and his own fears from within. He learned the wisdom of the forest; he learned the ways of the wind.
[FIRST CHORUS, opening credits]
Balladeer: The legends tell of men who died to open up the West. They rode through Hell to find their Promised Land. The legends tell of One who tried to fight ...
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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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