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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Western  |  22 May 1981 (USA)
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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
John Hart ...
Lucas Striker
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Lincoln Tate ...
Ted Flicker ...
Buffalo Bill Cody
Marc Gilpin ...
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David Bennett ...
Gen. Aurelio Rodriguez
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del Llanero Solitario  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When the foreign dignitary is first in President Grant's train car, he is introduced to "Buffalo Bill" Cody, "Wild Bill" Hickok, and Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, sitting across the booth from Grant. Grant jokingly tells Custer to get up and let the man take his seat, or he will have Custer transferred to Montana. Custer died in eastern Montana, in the Battle of Little Big Horn, also known as Custer's Last Stand. See more »

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Early in the movie, John Reid gives Amy Striker a copy of the book "A Century of Dishonor" by Helen Hunt Jackson, written in 1881. See more »

Quotes

Ranger Little: [During a gunfight in a canyon] It ain't the bullet that kills you...
[shoots a bad guy on a cliff]
Ranger Little: ...It's the fall.
[bad guy falls from cliff]
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References For a Few Dollars More (1965) See more »

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Finale from The William Tell Overture
from the opera "William Tell" (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
(Closing titles)
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A great movie
16 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was wonderful and one of the most memorable of my life. It was much more interesting and exciting than any of the old Clayton Moore stuff. The action sequences were well done, and it was emotionally effective. It gave me some good thrills, like when The Lone Ranger shoots the rope that is about to hang Tonto and then rides up and carries him off with a dazzling display of gunfire, and of course, all to the rousing William Tell overture. This is touching because you remember how Tonto found The Lone Ranger left for dead after the Butch Cavendish attack and nursed him back to health. I can't believe that it was not a hit. No, it wasn't perfect, but it certainly deserved a lot more respect than it got. And Jason Robards performance as Ulysses S. Grant was charming. I just hope I can find a copy somewhere as soon as possible.


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