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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Gore Verbinski

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Justin Haythe (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Tonto
Armie Hammer ... John Reid (Lone Ranger)
William Fichtner ... Butch Cavendish
Tom Wilkinson ... Cole
Ruth Wilson ... Rebecca Reid
Helena Bonham Carter ... Red Harrington
James Badge Dale ... Dan Reid
Bryant Prince ... Danny
Barry Pepper ... Fuller
Mason Cook ... Will
JD Cullum ... Wendell
Saginaw Grant ... Chief Big Bear
Harry Treadaway ... Frank
James Frain ... Barret
Joaquín Cosio ... Jesus
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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)

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Never Take Off the Mask


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

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This film is one of the biggest financial flops of all time, and lost the studio $94-$119 million. See more »

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When the rail track is opened towards the end, the band plays "The Stars and Stripes Forever" march, which wasn't written by John Philip Sousa until 1896. See more »

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[from trailer]
Stache: [speaking to Butch Cavendish] It was a ranger, riding a white horse. Got some lunatic indian with him. They're coming for you.
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Geoff Zanelli
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Wrong Brother.

The early signs were not good, tales of production problems galore and early critical notices wading in to kick the film before it had even had a run at the theatres. The Lone Ranger seemed destined to be a blockbuster stinker. Yet in spite of it noticeably alienating original Lone Ranger purists, and some Western lovers as well, for a rollicking action fun packed time then Gore Verbinski's movie delivers in spades.

It's awash with the serial silliness of adventure films and TV shows of yore, pitching good guys against bad guys with buddy buddy shenanigans pulsing away at the core. The stunts are outrageously enjoyable, the landscape photography as beautiful as it is respectful in homage to past masters of the Western genre, while in Depp's Tonto there's a bona fide hero to root for just as much as he makes you laugh out loud.

This is an origin story, a tale of how John Reid (Armie Hammer) became The Lone Ranger, and of course how the noble steed Silver and Indian side-kick Tonto became integral to his villain fighting ways. Tom Wilkinson and William Fitchner file in for polar opposite villain duties, the former is the weasel business man trying to mould the West in is own image, the latter a repugnant psychopath with a penchant for eating human hearts! Then Helena Bonham Carter wanders in from some Grindhouse movie for a couple of cameos that are resplendent with sexual energy.

It's all very wacky and wild, and rightly so, but this is not at the expense of very good story telling. Some parts of the narrative could have been trimmed, but as the bromance builds between our two heroes, and Silver gets up to all sorts of comedy horse escapades, there's nary a dull moment here. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Verbinski throw all the action staples into the pot. Chases, fights, swinging from ropes, shoot-outs, people dangling from speeding train (pic is bookended by awesome train sequences), grisly deaths and on it goes from start to end.

There's caustic asides to the machinations of organisations of the time, from railroad magnates to the cavalry, while the catchphrases and legends of The Lone Ranger TV series are deftly inserted into the tale. It was interesting to see Depp come out and defend the movie against those damning early critic reviews, it's not something he does, being as he is very much a guy who sees acting as just a job. Bruckheimer, Hammer and Verbinski backed Depp up, stating that some reviews were written before the film had even been released, the big budget and production problems clearly making this a big stinker…

Not so, it's certainly not flawless, and those seriously into anachronisms are likely to have kittens. But if you haven't seen it yet, if you was put off by the venomous early reviews, then give it a chance, you may just be surprised at just how entertaining it is. It also looks and sounds brilliant on Blu-ray, where repeat viewings even show Hammer to be better than first thought as that masked man. 8.5/10


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lone Ranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Creede, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,210,849, 7 July 2013

Gross USA:

$89,302,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$260,502,115
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2.39 : 1
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