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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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Trivia

Post-production issues pushed the film's release date back six months. See more »

Goofs

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

[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 (1966) See more »

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The Man in the Mask
Written by John Barry and Dean Pitchford
Sung by Merle Haggard
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A great movie
16 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was wonderful and one of the most memorable of my life. It was much more interesting and exciting than any of the old Clayton Moore stuff. The action sequences were well done, and it was emotionally effective. It gave me some good thrills, like when The Lone Ranger shoots the rope that is about to hang Tonto and then rides up and carries him off with a dazzling display of gunfire, and of course, all to the rousing William Tell overture. This is touching because you remember how Tonto found The Lone Ranger left for dead after the Butch Cavendish attack and nursed him back to health. I can't believe that it was not a hit. No, it wasn't perfect, but it certainly deserved a lot more respect than it got. And Jason Robards performance as Ulysses S. Grant was charming. I just hope I can find a copy somewhere as soon as possible.


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