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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

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

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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 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)  »

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Wrather and Bonita Granville bought the rights to the Lone Ranger character and stories in 1978 for a reported $3 million, a record at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Tonto approaches Silver, just before the "breaking in" scene, he has the saddle and blanket in his right hand and the bridle in his left. When he meets Silver, the bridle is in his right hand and the saddle in his left. Above the waist, Tonto doesn't have the saddle. When the Ranger picks up the saddle, it's behind him even though Tonto never crossed behind him or tossed the saddle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Scalphunter: You got him! You got him!
Young John Reid: Shh, sit down. Get down!
Young Tonto: Leave me alone!
First Scalphunter: You ain't never gonna find that little redskin.
Second Scalphunter: When I do, I'm gonna scalp him.
Young John Reid: [whispering] Go. It's alright. Come on.
Second Scalphunter: The little injun's somewhere.
Young John Reid: [whispering] Get down.
First Scalphunter: They're at the Reid place. Come on, we're missin' it.
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Connections

Follows The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man in the Mask
Written by John Barry and Dean Pitchford
Sung by Merle Haggard
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Interesting
3 May 2004 | by (East Coast, United States) – See all my reviews

What is most interesting about this film, other than it's parallels to Zorro (which was written in the early 1900's): is the fact that Klinton Spilsbury never spoke a single word of dialogue throughout the entire piece, his lines being completely dubbed by James Keach, Stacey Keach's brother; Harrison Ford's stunt double from the later release of Raiders being run over during the stagecoach stunt homage to Yakima Canutt; and that John Hart, temporary replacement for Clayton Moore on the TV version of the Lone Ranger, being cast as Mr. Striker, newspaper editor and creator of the Lone Ranger mythos.

I personally like this film despite it's flaws. It's good, but could have been so much better.


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