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Rango (2011)

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Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.


Gore Verbinski


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Won 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Rango / Lars (voice)
Isla Fisher ... Beans (voice)
Abigail Breslin ... Priscilla (voice)
Ned Beatty ... Mayor (voice)
Alfred Molina ... Roadkill (voice)
Bill Nighy ... Rattlesnake Jake (voice)
Stephen Root ... Doc / Merrimack / Mr. Snuggles (voice)
Harry Dean Stanton ... Balthazar (voice)
Timothy Olyphant ... Spirit of the West (voice)
Ray Winstone ... Bad Bill (voice)
Ian Abercrombie ... Ambrose (voice)
Gil Birmingham ... Wounded Bird (voice)
James Ward Byrkit ... Waffles / Gordy / Papa Joad / Cousin Murt / Curlie / Knife Attacker / Rodent Kid (voice)
Claudia Black ... Angelique (voice)
Blake Clark ... Buford (voice)


Rango is a pet chameleon always on the lookout for action and adventure, except the fake kind, where he directs it and acts in it. After a car accident, he winds up in an old western town called Dirt. What this town needs the most is water, but they also need a hero and a sheriff. The thirsty Rango instantly takes on the role of both and selfishly agrees to take on the case of their missing water. Written by napierslogs

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From the director of 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Wayne Brady was considered for the role of Balthazar. See more »


When Rango stares down Jake ready for a gunfight, a dragonfly flies by and Rango catches it with his tongue and eats it. Dragonflies are located around abundant water resources and the town of Dirt is bone dry. See more »


Rango: I couldn't help but notice you noticing me noticing you.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD and Blu-ray releases include an extended version, which adds one scene after Rattlesnake Jake drags the Mayor off into the desert. Due to the water that has flooded up from the ground, the town of Dirt has become a beach resort and re-named itself Mud. As the locals enjoy the new scenery, Rango gets news that Bad Bill is causing trouble in another town. He decides to make a dramatic exit, delivering an inspired speech to the town while mounted on a roadrunner, but falls out of the saddle before he can finish it. See more »


Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) See more »


from the motion picture The Kingdom (2007)
Written by Danny Elfman
Courtesy of Universal Studios
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User Reviews

The negative reviews tell you why it's good.
23 April 2013 | by rkhenSee all my reviews

Rango is a great kids' movie that plays on many levels, like all great kids' movies. About a hundred churchies here don't like it; that tells you it's realistic and morally complex. (One person complained about its metaphors for good and evil, because "many people take God and Satan seriously". Yeah, but we don't all think we hold a copyright on them.) And some folks helicoptered in to complain that it's violent and would scare some kids. Fifty years ago my parents took me to see Bambi and it scared me. So did Dumbo. It's vital that kids learn about fear, danger, and violence, and a cartoon is the softest place to do it. Thank God my folks understood that. For the record, Rango's violence is funny and completely unrealistic. Would it kill you to talk to your own kids about the difference between slapstick and the real world?

There are "swear words" here, if you still think "hell" and "damn" are swear words, because it's a gritty Western. (That happens to star a chameleon.) There are a lot of Hispanic references and characters, because Hispanics invented cowboys and the "American" West; Nickelodeon simply decided to unwhite-ify the Hollywood version, for a change. (The guy I read who complained about that wasn't even Hispanic. Meanwhile, I have Hispanic friends who love this movie, in part because they're in it, for once)

There are several stereotypes, ethnic and otherwise, because it's a satire. If you can't grasp irony, avoid this movie. In fact, never go outside. And several minor characters smoke. I hate smoking. But: stereotypes, remember? Westerns? Cultural memes? How about just teaching kids the difference between allegory and real life?

As for the moral content, the "lessons" of Rango, which, I think I can state without incurring a spoiler slap, are: 1. the world is a crazy place, 2. scary problems have to be solved by ordinary people, and 3. a quick wit and a lot of luck sometimes beats a quick draw and a lot of money.

If you agree with that, and aren't scared of your own shadow, see the movie. I loved it, and I'm hard to please. It's a great romp, a witty farce, and a lot of fun, precisely because Nickelodeon didn't sugar it down to pious drek.

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Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Gore Verbinski Animated Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,079,323, 6 March 2011

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 (HDTV)
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