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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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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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President Ulysses S. Grant is played by Jason Robards who has portrayed such other American presidents as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the fictitious President Richard Monkton in Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977). See more »

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During the scene where the Lone Ranger is breaking Silver to ride, the horse shown changes back and forth from having blue eyes to brown eyes. It also changes from wearing a bridle with a bit to a rodeo type bronc halter. See more »

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President Ulysses S. Grant: Who was that masked man?
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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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