The Legend of the Lone Ranger

The Legend of the Lone Ranger

William A Fraker (1981)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This self-conscious attempt to bring back to the big screen the noble masked western avenger must be counted a failure largely owing to under-casting. Yet this Panavisioned retelling of the origins of the blue-clad hero and his Indian sidekick Tonto is not without a certain grandeur, and director and erstwhile cinematographer William A Fraker creates some dazzling imagery and scenic splendour, though he is terribly hampered by the plot provided. Totally unknown Klinton Spilsbury (allegedly revoiced by Dallas star Ken Kercheval, though some claim Stacy Keach did it) looks fine in costume, but lacks the necessary charisma and solidity that Clayton Moore brought to the role, and Michael Horse is no match for Jay Silverheels's Tonto. Further down the cast, Jason Robards and Christopher Lloyd enter into the spirit of the thing. Watch with charity.


The sole survivor of an ambushed group of Texas Rangers seeks justice for his fallen comrades. Western adventure, starring Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd.

Cast & Crew

The Lone Ranger/John Reid Klinton Spilsbury
Tonto Michael Horse
Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish Christopher Lloyd
Director William A Fraker

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray