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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The sole surviving Texas Ranger (Klinton Spilsbury) of an ambush arranged by outlaw leader Major Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish (Christopher Lloyd) returns to fight back as a great masked western hero, The Lone Ranger.

Director:

William A. Fraker

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Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lincoln Tate ... General George A. Custer
Ted Flicker Ted Flicker ... Buffalo Bill Cody
Marc Gilpin Marc Gilpin ... Young John Reid
Patrick Montoya Patrick Montoya ... Young Tonto
David Bennett David Bennett ... General Aurelio Rodriguez
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Storyline

When the young Texas Ranger, John Reid (Klinton Spilsbury), is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the outlaw leader, Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish (Christopher Lloyd), he is rescued by an old childhood Comanche friend, Tonto (Michael Horse). When he recovers from his wounds, he dedicates his life to fighting the crime that Cavendish represents. To this end, John Reid disguises himself and becomes the great masked western hero, The Lone Ranger. With the help of Tonto, the pair go to rescue President Ulysses S. Grant (Jason Robards, Jr.) when Cavendish takes him hostage. We learn that Cavendish was an officer in the United States military before he was court-martialled and dishonorably discharged. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The untold story of the man behind the mask, and the legend behind the man. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del Llanero Solitario See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,945,600, 25 May 1981

Gross USA:

$12,617,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,617,845
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The television pilot The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949) was based on a screenplay by George B. Seitz, Jr. and edited by Fran Striker, who was writer and editor for the television series. In this movie, Amy Stryker took over as writer and editor of the newspaper from her uncle. See more »

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When Tonto approaches Silver, just before the "breaking in" scene, he has the saddle and blanket in his right hand and the bridle in his left. When he meets Silver, the bridle is in his right hand and the saddle in his left. Above the waist, Tonto doesn't have the saddle. When the Ranger picks up the saddle, it's behind him even though Tonto never crossed behind him or tossed the saddle. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 5 secs to remove horse-falls. See more »


Soundtracks

The Man in the Mask
Written by John Barry and Dean Pitchford
Sung by Merle Haggard
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Failed rendition based on famous TV character about the masked hero and his sidekick Tonto
15 January 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The legend of the Lone Ranger is ¨the untold story of the man behind the mask and the legend behind the man¨ . This flick that wavers between irony and seriousness follows the adventures of the Ranger , his white stallion Silver and his American Indian pal Tonto, as they attempt to bring local criminals to justice. It began on radio and made the transition to the small screen more than 50 years ago . This cinematic adaptation deals with the young Texas Ranger named John Reid ( Klinton Spilsbury who was dubbed), he is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the rebel outlaw leader, Butch Cabendich, as he is saved by an old childhood Comanche partner named Tonto (Michael Horse), and subsequently both of them form a formidable pair . The sole surviving Texas Ranger of a treason planned by the militaristic Butch Cavandish (Christopher Lloyd) returns to fight back as a relentless masked hero . When Reid recovers from his wounds, he becomes the great masked western hero, The Lone Ranger. With the help of Tonto, the duo go to save the President Grant (Jason Robards) when the nasty Cabendich takes him hostage . The President Ulysses S. Grant is accompanied by other historic personages as Will Bill Hickok (Richard Farsworth) , Gen. George A. Custer (Lincoln Tate) and Buffalo Bill Cody (Flicker) .The Ranger who was nursed back to health by the Indian Tonto rides with him, on Silver and Scout, throughout the West, doing good deeds and they dedicate their life to combat the evil that Cabendich represents. The two heroes ride off in a cloud of dust under classic musical background composed by Rossini.

¨The Legend Of The Lone Ranger¨ is crusader's last silver screen outing , but the film bombed so badly at the box office, the movie's star Klinton Spilsbury never worked in Hollywood again. The film contains action , thrills , great scenery with spectacular outdoors magnificently photographed by Laszlo Kovacs . This shows a campy and entertaining glimpse at nostalgic television series , though slow-paced and often corny. Klinton Spilsbury is mediocre as the mysterious and righteous gunslinger , he is at times absurdly awkward, yet the shows have an endearing innocent charm to them , while Michael Horse is passable as his faithful sidekick Tonto. This is a middling effort to narrate origin of the masked man though packs some fine action and excellent musical score by John Barry. The motion picture is regularly directed by the late William A. Fraker. While children will undoubtedly love , adults will probably be tiring and falling asleep .

Originally created as a radio play in 1933 by George W. Trendle and developed by Fran Striker, this is the last big screen iteration of the famous character .The Lone Ranger started off as an America radio show started in the 1930s and finally ended in 1954. It later expanded on to the big screen with 1938's "The Lone Ranger," 1939's "The Lone Ranger Rides Again," . The Lone Ranger was also a television series from 1948 through 1957 in which gained widespread notoriety on ABC television, as Clayton Moore donned the mask each week to fight crime and corruption in the old west and of course Jay Silverheels as Tonto. The last appearance of The Lone Ranger was in 2003 for a two-hour special on WB Network starring Chad Michael Murray and Nathaniel Arcand.Jerry Bruckheimer Films has debuted a logo for the upcoming adaptation of The Lone Ranger.The tagline on the site reads, "The Legend Returns." Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has been contracted to filmmaking the classic TV show film , a blockbuster retelling for the big screen, and Johnny Depp is attached to play Tonto, the Lone Ranger's partner. There's still no word on who will play the Lone Ranger, but at one point George Clooney was rumored to be in talks.


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