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Ivan Goff (screenplay) &
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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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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Interesting See more (42 total) »


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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

Bob 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
Jim Plannette .... gaffer (as James Plannette)
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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Also Known As:
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 (certificate #26181)

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Western sets constructed for the film included an outlaw stronghold, an Indian village, a Pony Express station, and an entire town.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, 3 May 2004
Author: wildwest1999 from East Coast, United States

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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