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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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Sheriff Wiatt
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Amy Striker
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Ranger Collins
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Lucas Striker
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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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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

At the time of production, a rather older, yet still iconic Clayton Moore was making personal appearances as the "masked man". The Wrather Company, owner of The Lone Ranger character took the actor to court banning him from wearing the mask, citing that an elderly man didn't represent the character the way he should. Though stripped of the mask, Mr. Moore continued making personal appearances in costume, but wearing over-sized sunglasses instead of the mask. After the extremely poor box office performance of the film, Clayton Moore was allowed to make appearances as The Lone Ranger, mask and all. See more »

Goofs

As Tonto approaches Silver just before the "breaking in" scene listed here, he is carrying the saddle and blanket in his right hand and the bridle in his left. When he arrives at Silver, having never been out of camera sight more than 1 or 2 seconds the the bridle is now in his right hand with the saddle in his left. Still in scene above the waste, Tonto is next seen without the saddle. When the Ranger picks up the saddle, it is magically behind him even though Tonto never crossed behind him or tossed the saddle. 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.
[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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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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