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Release Date:
22 May 1981 (USA) See more »
The untold story of the man behind the mask, and the legend behind the man. See more »
The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a masked hero. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Klinton Spilsbury ... The Lone Ranger / John Reid

Michael Horse ... Tonto

Christopher Lloyd ... Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish

Matt Clark ... Sheriff Wiatt

Juanin Clay ... Amy Striker

Jason Robards ... President Ulysses S. Grant

John Bennett Perry ... Ranger Captain Dan Reid

David Hayward ... Ranger Collins

John Hart ... Lucas Striker

Richard Farnsworth ... Wild Bill Hickok
Lincoln Tate ... General George A. Custer
Ted Flicker ... Buffalo Bill Cody

Marc Gilpin ... Young John Reid
Patrick Montoya ... Young Tonto
David Bennett ... General Aurelio Rodriguez
Rick Traeger ... German stage passenger
James Bowman ... Gambler
Kit Wong ... Chinese stage passenger
Daniel Núñez ... Way station agent
R.L. Tolbert ... Stagecoach driver
Clay Boss ... Stagecoach shotgun guard
Jose Rey Toledo ... First chief
Max Cisneros ... Second chief

Ted White ... Jonathan Reid
Cheré Bryson ... Mrs. Reid
James Lee Crite ... Ranger Walter
Jim Burk ... Ranger Stephenson (as Jim Burke)

Jeff Ramsey ... Ranger Alcott
Bennie E. Dobbins ... Ranger Lopez (as Bennie Dobbins)

Henry Wills ... Ranger Little
Greg Walker ... Ranger Rankin

Michael Adams ... Ranger Palmer (as Mike Adams)
Ben Bates ... Ranger Post

Bill Hart ... Ranger Carner
Larry Randles ... Ranger Stacy
Robert F. Hoy ... Perlmutter (Cavendish's lieutenant) (as Robert Hoy)
Ted Gehring ... Dale Wesley Stillwell (Cavendish gang)

Buck Taylor ... Robert Edward Gattlin (Cavendish gang)
Tom R. Diaz ... Eastman (Cavendish gang)
Chuck Hayward ... Wald (Cavendish gang)

Tom Laughlin ... Neeley (Cavendish gang)
Terry Leonard ... Valentine (Cavendish gang)
Steve Meador ... Russell (Cavendish gang)
Joe Finnegan ... Westlake (Cavendish gang)
Roy Bonner ... Richardson (Cavendish gang)
John M. Smith ... Whitloff (Cavendish gang)

Merle Haggard ... Balladeer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bonita Granville ... Woman (uncredited)

James Keach ... The Lone Ranger / John Reid (voice) (uncredited)

Ken Lingad ... Pablo / Manuel (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Fraker 
Writing credits
Ivan Goff (screenplay) &
Ben Roberts (screenplay) and
Michael Kane (screenplay) and
William Roberts (screenplay)

Gerald B. Derloshon (adaptation) (as Jerry Derloshon)

George W. Trendle (characters) and
Fran Striker (characters)

Produced by
Walter Coblenz .... producer
Dick Gallegly .... associate producer
Lew Grade .... producer (as Lord Grade)
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Jack Wrather .... producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
László Kovács  (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Thomas Stanford 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Philip Abramson)
Costume Design by
Noel Taylor 
Makeup Department
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
William Turner .... makeup artist (as William P. Turner)
Production Management
Dick Gallegly .... production manager
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph A. Ingraffia .... second assistant director
Charles Okun .... first assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... dga trainee
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer
Michael Taylor .... lead man
Christopher Windisch .... carpenter
Sound Department
John Duffy .... sound editor
Cameron Frankley .... sound editor
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Eugene Crum .... special effects assistant
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects (as Terry Frazee)
Donald Myers .... special effects technician
Andy Epper .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Bobby Byrne .... director of photography: second unit
R. Michael De Chellis .... electrician
Jeff Gershman .... assistant camera (as Jeffrey Gershman)
John R. Hamilton .... still photographer
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip
James Plannette .... gaffer
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Chris Strong .... electrician
Joseph E. Thibo .... assistant camera
William A. Fraker Jr. .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Linda Francis .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl Levine .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Howard Heard .... assistant editor
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ruth West .... location auditor
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Roger Wooge .... transportation
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... manager of production accounting
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant
Robert Davenport .... horse trainer (as Bobby J. Davenport)
Fred Fisher .... production associate
Ken Havens .... publicity consultant
Miriam Holder Jacobs .... production assistant
Kenneth Lee .... livestock coordinator (as Kenneth W. Lee)
Bill McCamey .... construction nurse
Don Safran .... unit publicist

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | UK:A (cinema release) (cut) | UK:12 (re-rating) (cut) (2000) | UK:PG (video release) (cut) (1988) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Although it was customary for previous stars to cameo in a movie where a new actor had taken over their role, Clayton Moore declined to appear in this film due to the legal actions against him.See more »
Continuity: When the Lone Ranger is breaking Silver to ride, the horse's eyes change repeatedly from brown to blue and back. The horse's bridle changes from a bridle with a bit to a rodeo-type bronc halter.See more »
[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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
I liked this movie!, 25 December 2001
Author: guil fisher from New York City, NY

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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