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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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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)  »

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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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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 »

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Early in the movie, John Reid presents Amy Striker a copy of the book, A Century of Dishonor by Helen Hunt Jackson written in 1881. Grant was president from 1869 to 1877. Custer died in 1876 at the Little Big Horn. Therefore, there is an anachronism in the movie, which occurs pre-1876 for the book to be present in the movie. See more »

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President Ulysses S. Grant: Who was that masked man?
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References For a Few Dollars More (1965) See more »

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I liked this movie!
25 December 2001 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

After reading so many bad comments on this film, I guess I'm one of the few that disagree with the critics. I really liked this movie. I thought it was well directed by William Fraker, with terrific photography and a well written story. So, for once, there isn't a lot of blood and guts all over the place. Who cares? It was also interesting to me to see how the Lone Ranger got his name and the whole silver bullet legend, which I never knew. So, thanks for filling me in on that subject.

Some wonderful performances by all of the leads. How wonderful to see Jason Robards as President Grant. He added so much to the role with his usuall unbeatable acting abilities. This is a terrific actor in all that he does. And Christopher Lloyd as "Butch" Cavendish, the villain, plays the part with simplicity and not the usuall western bad guy. It was nice to see Lloyd play a different kind of role other than the character from "Taxi" he's known for. I liked Matt Clark as the Sheriff. You see Clark in many films and most of the time his work goes un-noticed. This actor, too, does fine character work. Then we have the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Yes, there are many legends that lean on the gay relationship, but this viewer liked these two actors. I didn't know that Klinton Spilsbury's voice was dubbed as the Ranger. But I thought he had lots of charm and certainly good looks, with or without the mask. His scenes with the horse, Silver, were wonderfully humorous and appealing. His scene in the church with Amy was also well played and well photographed. I liked this actor and don't understand why he never appeared again in a film. It must have been his own choice.

As Tonto, Michael Horse was perfection. Simply played with dignity for his race, he brought some nice quality to the film. You felt that unsaid respect and devotion the two heroes had for one another. If you want to go the gay route, do so. I guess in this day and age, one must take that aspect and build on it. What, then, does that say of the Three Muskateers?


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