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The Lone Ranger (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Western  |  3 July 2013 (USA)
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Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.



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In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never Take Off the Mask

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 July 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El llanero solitario  »

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Box Office


$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,210,849 (USA) (5 July 2013)


$89,289,910 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first version of "The Lone Ranger" in any medium in which the actor playing Tonto receives top billing. See more »


The Texas Rangers didn't wear badges until the late 1870s or early 1880s. See more »


Tonto: My name come up?
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Crazy Credits

The Jerry Bruckheimer Logo runs along a railroad instead of an asphalt road. This image was also seen in the trailer. See more »


Referenced in The Fosters: The Morning After (2013) See more »


I'm Leaving You
Written and Performed by Bobby Johnston
Courtesy of Cave Craft Music
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User Reviews

Not only the Magic, but explains the Magic
4 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It wasn't hard to outdo the preachy contrived plot of the 2003 Ranger movie, but this one took a step beyond to become a mainstay.

First, it is an adventure film, a Western adventure. The Lone Ranger is a mystique character, and part of the challenge is that he tries to bring men to justice alive. Same for Superman. If they didn't have this challenge, they would have no conflict whatsoever. It makes for a puzzle.

Tonto takes center stage here, but unlike the 2003 disaster, he is a character instead of a symbol of a godlike race. Here, no favorites are played. The most evil ones in this story are a pair of white men, and other white men they enlist, but we aren't given sermons about this.

Depp is great as Tonto. The museum scenes are a bit too much for me, but it is good for the kids. The out of sequence bits work, partly because they aren't emphasized too much. Depp, as Tonto, craftily plays this with a subtle humor, and that is just what is needed for this.

There is the magic and mystique of the Ranger, but also an explanation given for it, as "Nature out of balance". We are dealing with a supernatural chain of events which do allow the Lone Ranger to ride a horse through and on top of railroad cars.

Great blend of humor and adventure, and at the same time a crafty blend of Shakespeare and Indiana Jones. This is better than what meets the eye, and what meets the eye is extra special in itself, with plenty of eye candy for men and women.

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