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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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Sheriff Wiatt
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Amy Striker
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Ranger Collins
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Buffalo Bill Cody
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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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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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The filmmakers were disappointed with Klinton Spilsbury's line readings, and wanted an actor with a stronger voice. James Keach dubbed his lines. See more »

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In the lynching scene, Tonto's hands are tied behind his back. They are freed when the Lone Ranger shoots the rope around his neck. See more »

Quotes

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.
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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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Referenced in Night Court: Who Was That Mashed Man? (1987) 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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The Lone Ranger Truly Does Ride Again
17 September 1998 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

The Legend of the Lone Ranger is an earnest adaptation of the origin and earliest adventures of John Reid's masked alter ego. Not particularly well made or well acted, Legend does have its moments, especially after lead Klinton Spilsbury dons the familiar black mask and white hat. To hear the upbeat tempo of the William Tell Overture truly does bring shivers to old fans' spines once more. Spilsbury, despite a nationwide search, was not a good choice for the Lone Ranger. He is not especially tall, broad shouldered, or very heroic in his movments. And obviously his voice was not good enough for the role either, as James Keach was brought in to dub over Spilsbury's lines. However, Spilsbury does prove to be physically capable, and his fight scenes and shoot outs are very much like the legendary Clayton Moore's. Michael Horse has departed from Jay Silverheel's monosyllabic and subservant version of Tonto. He is an activistic sidekick, prepared to defend his people to a fault, even if he has to step over his partner, the Ranger. Look for fairly good acting from the various co-stars, including Christopher Lloyd as the fiendish Butch Cavendish, Richard Farnsworth as Buffalo Bill, and especially Jason Robards as a frequently inebriated President U.S. Grant. All in all, not a great film, but one that tries incredibly hard to keep the Legend of the Lone Ranger alive.


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