5.0/10
1,665
45 user 28 critic

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by the outlaw leader Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a great masked western hero - The Lone Ranger.

Director:

William A. Fraker

Writers:

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

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1909 Arizona, retired lawman Sam Burgade's life is thrown upside-down when his old enemy Zach Provo and six other convicts escape a chain-gang in the Yuma Territorial Prison and come gunning for Burgade.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Barbara Hershey
The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After selling his cattle in town, ranch owner Morgan unexpectedly dies, and his foreman Pike has to deliver the payroll to Sonora, despite the perilous journey during which he's followed by many shady characters who want the money.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson
Shoot Out (1971)
Certificate: GP Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former bank robber searches for his double crossing partner who left him for dead, while having to look after a 6 year old girl.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Gregory Peck, Patricia Quinn, Robert F. Lyons
The Sacketts (1979)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After the Civil War, Tennessee brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett are herding cattle out West while Tell Sackett is prospecting for gold in the hills.

Stars: Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While the audience watches a black and white horse opera, a narrator's voice wonders what such a movie would be like today. Rex O'Herlihan, The Singing Cowboy, finds himself in color and ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Tom Berenger, G.W. Bailey, Marilu Henner
Action | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During World War II, the British must attack a German ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. As a result, they send civilians: former soldiers who are about sixty years old.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty
Western Union (1941)
Certificate: Passed History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger
Forty Guns (1957)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two survivors of the initial Magnificent Seven outfit, Chris and Vin, recruit four new members in order to re-form the outfit and defend a few Mexican villages from attacks by vicious bandits.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Yul Brynner, Robert Fuller, Julián Mateos
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

When the young Texas Ranger, John Reid, is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the outlaw leader, Butch Cavendish, he is rescued by an old childhood Comanche friend, Tonto. 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 when Cavendish takes him hostage. We learn that Cavendish was an officer in the United States military before he was court marshaled and dishonorably discharged. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Although his reputation was legendary, his identity remained a secret. For he rode to fame on a white stallion, with his trusted Indian friend, and a black mask hidden across his face. Now the truth is told, and the mask is lifted. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,945,600, 25 May 1981

Gross USA:

$12,617,845
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Post-production issues pushed the film's release date back six months. See more »

Goofs

When dynamiting Cavendish's headquarters , the wooden barracks building is blown up three times. 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.
[...]
See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Follows The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Relampago
(uncredited)
Written by Silvestre Vargas
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I Liked This Movie
14 March 2006 | by sonny_1963See all my reviews

I thought Klinton Splsbury was a good Lone Ranger and Michael Horse was a good Tonto.

The magic of this film, for me, is the first half, when we see how John Reid becomes the Lone Ranger.Also, a great scene where he finds a wild white horse, breaks him, and names him Silver. But a later scene just blew my mind away.

In that scene,after Reid and Tonto bury his brother and the other ambushed Texas Rangers, he decides to wear a mask so the bad guys won't recognize him. He tells Tonto the mask will be a symbol of justice. At this point, we have not yet seen his alter ego.

That changes when we see him from the back kneeling at his brother's grave and vowing to avenge his death. Then he puts his hat on, turns around, and as we see him in his mask for the first time, blaring trumpets sound out the start of the William Tell Overture. Being a Lone Ranger fan, this literally sent shivers down my spine.

The scene continues as they both ride away to more of the overture, and, of course, we hear "Hi yo, Silver, away."

Breathtaking!


36 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed