The Legend of the Lone Ranger

The Legend of the Lone Ranger

The Legend of the Lone Ranger is a 1981 American western film that was directed by William A. Fraker and starred Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd. It is based on the story of The Lone Ranger, a Western character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. Its producers outraged fans by not allowing actor Clayton Moore to wear the character's mask when making public appearances, and created a further bad buzz when the dialogue of leading man Klinton Spilsbury was dubbed by another actor, James Keach. The film was a huge commercial failure, and Spilsbury has never appeared in any films since.

Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  4 wins & 4 nominations.

LYRICS TO "THE MAN IN THE MASK/BALLAD OF THE LONE RANGER" [FIRST VERSE] The legend started simply, just a boy without a home; taken in by Indians, but still pretty much alone. He had to struggle with strange customs, and his own fears from within. He learned the wisdom of the forest; he learned the ways of the wind. [FIRST CHORUS, opening credits] The legends tell of men who died to open up the West. They rode through Hell to find their Promised Land. The legends tell of One who tried to fight for all the rest; his name unknown, a stranger alone, The Man In The Mask... The legends tell of One Brave Man who rode to meet the test; his name unknown, a stranger alone, The Man In The Mask. [SECOND VERSE] Del Rio was a town in trouble, a town with a gun in its back; plagued by crime that just wouldn't stop, and cursed with a Sheriff that wore Black. So you'd think they'd be suspicious, but certain folks rarely are. They're willing to trust their law to just about any man who wears a star. [THIRD VERSE] Butch Cavendish lived undisturbed, waging his private war. And men who made mistakes were simply men he could not afford. Some say he was a monster, and others called him mad. Let's just say Butch Cavendish was everything that's bad. [FOURTH VERSE, following the ambush] One thing about that Cavendish, he knew how to set a trap. And he finished off the Rangers that day in Bryant's Gap. And Collins had to check them all 'till Butch was satisfied. Dead men lying everywhere, and bloody brothers side by side. [FIFTH VERSE] And Tonto recognized John Reid by the amulet he wore. But John had once saved Tonto's life, so this evened up the score. Tonto had to hide his friend and keep him out of town; 'cause if Butch had known that one Ranger lived, he was sure to hunt John down. [SIXTH VERSE] What is it that brings two friends together, or sends the waves to the sand? And what is it that drives a creature of nature to reach out to the world of Man? Just such a creature was this Great White Horse, as wise and as wild as a runaway. And the moment John first laid eyes on it, he swore he'd ride it someday. [SEVENTH VERSE] Now John Reid was just a memory; the Masked Man had taken his place. But that didn't mean his heart wasn't touched when he saw Amy Striker's face. Amy had stayed to do her uncle's work and to keep his dreams alive. But unless the Masked Man could find Cavendish, true justice would never survive. [EIGHTH VERSE, after Tonto is arrested for Collins' murder] I don't guess anyone stopped to ask what Tonto was guilty of. That didn't stop 'em from wanting to see him swinging high above. But Tonto showed no sign of fear, and he held on to a fervent hope... that the Masked Man wouldn't let his blood brother hang from the end of a rope. [NINTH VERSE] Those Cavendish Boys had been working real hard, going over each step of their plan. Meanwhile, ol' Butch was mighty disturbed by reports of a strange Masked Man. But he wouldn't let rumors mess up his scheme, so he set out on his final campaign. He and his Boys rode to their rendezvous with President Grant's private train. [TENTH VERSE] So Cavendish had pulled it off, vanished without firing a shot. The Masked Man and Tonto had to move fast, and ride while his trail was still hot. They didn't know what he intended to do, but the life at stake was President Grant's. Perhaps Butch would hold him; perhaps Butch would kill him; they just couldn't take that chance. [SECOND CHORUS, closing credits] A fiery horse across the plains and he was gone from sight. He changed the course of history as he rode. And folks would tell of one Lone Ranger turning wrong to right. They wondered who, but they never knew... The Man In The Mask

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