The Lone Ranger

Walt Disney Pictures Released 2013


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Gore Verbinski

Native American, Tonto, tells the story of how average lawman, John Reid becomes a legend.

Metacritic Score

  • 55 William Goss

    The fact that Johnny Depp alone gets top billing above the title, The Lone Ranger, despite not playing said character sums up the generally misguided approach taken by Depp and the...

  • 50

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a 2 1/2-hour slog, with tonal inconsistencies and monotonous, drawn-out action sequences. Scenes alternate between frenetic and tedious.

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A moderately amusing but very uneven revisionist adventure with franchise and theme park intentions written all over it...This attempt by Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer t...

  • I dont know why this movie won a Razzie

    This movie was great! I loved watching it and it was a real blast. I`m regretting not seeing this film when it was in theaters. It was just wowing to me.
  • Why I love The Lone Ranger

    I've lost count of the number of times I've seen this magnificent movie. There are numerous reasons:

    1. A complicated but cohesive storyline with few or no loose ends at the finale.

    2. The story is intense and exciting and never gets boring.

    3. Likeable, empathetic characters. John really develops, and gets smarter, as the main character. After several viewings, I even started to feel a little sympathy for Butch!

    4. Spectacular, breathtaking scenery.

    5. The scenery is real, the trains are real, the sets are real, the humans are real, the stunts are real. Oh, how I love the fact that this movie was shot on location with actual sets! That just doesn't happen anymore!

    6. I always have liked storylines with just a touch of fantasy and magic to them.

    7. The jokes: the one-liners, the sight gags and the anachronisms. My personal favorite:

    8. An unrequited love story.

    9. Lots of male eye candy. As a female viewer, this is important!

    10. The runaway train sequence at the end, with the best rendition of "The William Tell Overture" ever recorded.

    11. There were things NOT included in this movie, for which I am very grateful because I have grown bored with them: lots of special effects, superheroes, sarcasm and irony, pop culture references, computer animation, all unlikeable and umempathetic characters.

    That's my list. What is yours?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • If you're wanting to write fan fiction but aren't sure which of the characters are which, this may help.  This information comes from the Rudnick and Singer books and cross-referenced with the IMDb.

      The 10 Texas Rangers:

      Besides Dan and John Reid, there are:

      Blaine (Damon Carney) is the Ranger who makes the Redlegger comment.

      Clayton (Kevin Wiggins) is the Ranger who makes the comment about running out of hanging rope. He is obviously named after Clayton Moore.

      Collins (Leon Rippy)

      Hollis (Lew Temple)

      Martin (Chad Brummett) is the Ranger who makes the comment about Butch eating someone's eyes.

      Navarro (Robert Baker) is the Ranger who makes the comment about Latham making an example of Butch.

      The two rangers who are killed by Butch on the train at the start of the movie are Boss (W. Earl Brown) and the other who is played by an uncredited actor.


      The Cavendish gang:

      Wayne Barret (James Frain) is the one who resembles The Man With No Name.

      Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner, and for the flashback, Travis Hammer)

      Frank (Harry Treadaway) is the cross dresser.

      Jesús (Joaquin Cosio) is the Hispanic man at the Reid farm.

      Kyle "Skinny" (Matt O'Leary) is the thin man with the long curly beard.

      Ray (Damon Herriman) is the man who goes into the mine with Skinny. He has a scar around his neck as the result of a failed hanging and wears the hanging rope around his neck.


      At Red Harrington's Traveling Entertainments:

      Homer (Leonard Earl Howze) is the bouncer.

      Rosalie (Laina Loucks) is the woman who flirtatiously says, "Hi, Tonto."

      The cast list includes women named Glenda (Joanne Camp), Helen (Tina Parker) and Jane (Allison Marie Volk), who are three of Red's "professionals."


      The Comanches:

      Big Bear (Saginaw Grant) is the chief.

      Red Knee (Gil Birmingham) is the man who throws John into the tepee.

      The warrior with Red Knee is unnamed (played by Malachi Tsoodle-Nelson).





    • In Elizabeth Rudnick's novelization of the script, the sheriff is named Garrick P. Donovan. But in the IMDb cast list, he is listed as Sheriff Patterson, and he is played by Edward Khmara.

      In Michael Singer's "On the Trail" hardback about the making of the movie, there is a copy of the Wanted Butch Cavendish poster. Here is what it says underneath Butch's picture:

      "5 feet, 9 inches high, 165-170 lbs. weight, 39 years of age, blue-gray eyes, light brown hair. He was one of the robbers of the Central Railroad Train on March 20, 1868, and has been indicted in several district courts for the murder of multiple persons and the violation of Indian treaties and anti-Trust laws."

      The poster was signed "Russell Allen, Superintendent, Transcontinental Railroad Express, Houston, Texas."

      In the Singer book, you learn that the reason Tonto put the birdcage on his head was to protect the crow from Red's cat.

      The Singer book also mentions that the little girl with the lollipop in the bank robbery scene at the beginning of the movie was 10-year-old Jenna Jewell Simon, great-granddaughter of James Jewell, one of the developers of the Lone Ranger radio program in the 1930s.


  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production budget - $215,000,000

    • Music:
      I'm Leaving You
      Written by Bobby Johnston
      Performed by Bobby Johnston
      Blaydon Races
      Written by Trevor Thornton
      Tumbling Tumbleweeds
      Written by Bob Nolan, Gordon V. Thompson
      Performed by Gene Autry
      After The Battle of Aughrim
      Arranged by Hans Zimmer and Ann Marie Calhoun
      Hanson Place (Shall We Gather At The River)
      Arranged by Marshall Bowen
      I'm Leaving You
      Written and Performed by Bobby Johnston
      Mean-Ass Cattle
      Written and Performed by Brian Satterwhite
      Traffic Circle
      Written and Performed by Brian Satterwhite
      Celeste Aida
      Performed by Enrico Caruso
      The Glendy Burk
      Battle Hymn of the Republic
      Red's Theater Of The Absurd
      Written and Produced by Jack White
      Performed by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
      Beautiful Dreamer
      Performed by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
      The Girl In The Flying Trapeze
      Performed by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
      Written by SCIC, INC.
      Performed by Johnny Depp and Comanche Nation
      Stars and Stripes Forever
      Written by John Philip Sousa
      Marse Henry March
      The Star Spangled Banner
      Written by Francis Scott Key
      William Tell Overture
      William Tell Overture: Finale
      music by Gioachino Rossini

    • Other production companies:
      Jerry Bruckheimer Films
      Blind Wink Productions
      Classic Media
      Infinitum Nihil
      Silver Bullet Productions (II)

    • Filming locations:
      Creede, Colorado
      Albuquerque Studios, Albuquerque, New Mexico
      Monument Valley, Utah
      Monument Valley, Arizona
      Moab, Utah
      Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Arizona
      Sunland, Los Angeles, California,
      Hurley, New Mexico
      Angel Fire, New Mexico
      Lone Pine, California
      Durango, Colorado
      Abiquiu, New Mexico
      Shiprock, New Mexico
      Alamosa, Colorado
      Puerco Valley, New Mexico

    • Tagline:
      Never Take Off the Mask .


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