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Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

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Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner


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The Lone Ranger rides again with this big-budget Walt Disney Pictures production starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the famed gunman. The story centers on Tonto's recollection of the adventures that found lawman John Reid transformed into The Lone Ranger, legendary hero of the Old West.


The Lone Ranger rides again with this big-budget Walt Disney Pictures production starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the famed gunman. The story centers on Tonto's recollection of the adventures that found lawman John Reid transformed into The Lone Ranger, legendary hero of the Old West. Gore Verbinski directs from a script by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Director Gore Verbinski teams up yet again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Johnny Depp for a reimagining of the iconic Western hero the Lone Ranger that comes loaded with Depp playing a heavily made-up eccentric, a series of Rube Goldberg-esque action sequences, and a cast stocked with talented Brits. Basically, it's everything the Pirates of the Caribbean movies taught these guys that the market demands. The plot, though overly complicated in the telling, is actually quite simple. Educated lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) returns to his hometown of Colby, TX, on a train that's carrying the fearsomely violent bad guy Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), who is being hauled in by the local civic bigwig Latham Cole (Tom Wilkinson) so that the killer can be publicly hanged in order to assure the townsfolk of their safety. Also on the train bringing Butch and John to Colby is Tonto (Johnny Depp), a mystical, deadpan Comanche whom we eventually learn has been shunned by his tribe and has revenge on his mind due to events from his past. After Cavendish pulls off an elaborate escape with the help of his gang, a posse led by John's older brother Dan (James Badge Dale) hunt down the bandits until they are ambushed and massacred by the Cavendish crew. Surprisingly, John survives the attack and is rescued by Tonto, who informs the gun-shy Texan that he is now a spirit warrior who can't be killed in battle. John dons a black mask, and he and Tonto work together to seek vengeance. For about the first hour of the film's 150-minute running time, Verbinski's take on The Lone Ranger has an admirable proficiency -- he's a director who can set up cartoonish action sequences that are enjoyable, but they extend for so long that eventually you realize you don't really care what happens to the characters. At that point -- and it's a point that arrives eventually in almost all of his movies -- Verbinski shows that he's basically a soulless Steven Spielberg; he's a mechanically gifted filmmaker capable of ingenious visual gags and propulsive editing, but doesn't have much interest in his characters. It's as if, once he's explained their motivations, he doesn't want to spare them another thought. What makes him able to helm such successful blockbusters is that at some level he knows this. He approaches genre films -- whether pirate adventures, Japanese horror (The Ring), or screwball comedies (The Mexican) -- with the intention of showing you something you've never seen before, rather than a desire to tell stories about three-dimensional people. To compensate, he hires first-rate actors and lets them bring the characters to life. That approach works intermittently, but here the story is so ponderously plotted -- it takes forever to get everybody's backstory, and a pointless framing device set 60 years after the main action weighs down an already bloated screenplay -- that apathy bleeds much of the fun to be had out of the spectacular set pieces. There are enjoyable bits of business along the way. Depp has concocted another thoroughly original comedic creation in Tonto, who's a cross between his character from the Jim Jarmusch film Dead Man and Buster Keaton. If Verbinski, and not just Depp, had stolen a little more from both of those sources, The Lone Ranger might feel like something more than another Disney megafranchise.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Bloopers - Saddle up with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and the rest of the cast as they battle unruly horses, malfunctioning props, gunslinging misfires and mutinous mustaches in this blooper showdown

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Tonto
Armie Hammer John Reid/The Lone Ranger
William Fichtner Butch Cavendish
Tom Wilkinson Cole
Ruth Wilson Rebecca Reid
Helena Bonham Carter Red Harrington
James Badge Dale Dan Reid
Bryant Prince Danny
Barry Pepper Fuller
Mason Cook Will
J.D. Cullum Wendell
Saginaw Grant Chief Big Bear
Harry Treadaway Frank
James Frain Barret
Joaquin Cosio Jesus
Damon Herriman Ray
Matt O'Leary Skinny
W. Earl Brown Mustached Ranger
Timothy V. Murphy Fritz
Gil Birmingham Red Knee
Damon Carney Blaine
Kevin Wiggins Clayton
Chad Brummett Martin
Robert Baker Navarro
Lew Temple Hollis
Joseph E. Foy Boy Tonto
Leon Rippy Collins
Stephen Root Habberman
Randy Oglesby Shareholder
Brad Greenquist Shareholder
Rance Howard Engineer
Leonard Earl Howze Homer
Travis Hammer Young Cavendish
Steve Corona Young Cole
Matt Page Soldier #3
Jack Axelrod Telegraph Operator
Christopher Hagen Preacher
Freda Foh Shen Kai
Margaret Bowman Fat Lady
Luz P. Mendez Pilar
Laina Loucks Rosalie
Devon J. Adams Dancer (Red's)
Desirae Anslover Dancer (Red's)
Charlotte Cormier Dancer (Red's)
Megan Pribyl Dancer (Red's)
Briana VanSchuyver Dancer (Red's)
Julie Stracener Dancer (Red's)
Chad Randall Pawing Drunk
Jason E. Hill Mob Member
Todd Anderson Mob Member
Beth Bailey Mob Member
Joanne Camp Glenda
John Keating Young Crier (Hell on Wheels)
Stephen Brodie Soldier #1
Will Koberg Soldier #2
Jack Chang Huang
Tad Jones VP Colfax
Robin McGee Old Crier
Bob Rumnock Stove Pipe
Grover Coulson Joe
Tait Fletcher Grizzled Soldier
Alex Knight Soldier #4
Argos Maccallum Farmer
David Midthunder Fuller's Native American Scout
Allison Volk Jane
Pokey Lafarge Band at Red's
Joseph Glynn Band at Red's
Adam Hoskins Band at Red's
Ryan Koenig Band at Red's
Tom E. Rostkowski Man Who Congratulates Cole
Malachi Tsoodle-Nelson Red Knee's Young Warrior
Sean Durham Calvalry Guard
Anthony R. Burt Calvalry
R.J. Kirkhope Calvalry
Will Kirkhope Calvalry
Kenneth Love Calvalry

Technical Credits
Gore Verbinski Director,Producer
32Ten Studios Special Effects
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Johnny Depp Executive Producer
Morgan DesGroseillers Associate Producer
Eric Ellenbogen Executive Producer
Ted Elliott Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Tom Engelman Associate Producer
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Jess Gonchor Production Designer
Shari Hanson Associate Producer
Joel Harlow Makeup Special Effects
Justin Haythe Original Story,Screenwriter
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Naaman Marshall Art Director
Crash McCreery Production Designer
Ian McFadyen Art Director
Eric McLeod Executive Producer
Shannon Mills Sound/Sound Designer
James Oberlander Art Director
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Lee Orloff Sound Mixer
Greg Papalia Set Decoration/Design
Melissa Reid Associate Producer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Rossio Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Addison Teague Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Warnock Asst. Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Lone Ranger
1. Tonto's Story [:41]
2. The Train [4:22]
3. The Great Escape [3:12]
4. Rebecca [1:57]
5. The Forces of Evil [3:25]
6. The Manhunt [1:42]
7. Trading With The Dead [4:41]
8. Unbalanced [4:48]
9. Red's [:23]
10. The Natives Are Coming [3:48]
11. The Valley Of Tears [2:35]
12. Tonto's Past [:03]
13. Trapped [:23]
14. At The River's Start [4:05]
15. All Could Be Yours [4:19]
16. Deceit [:52]
17. The Mine [4:04]
18. The Natives Attack [1:10]
19. I'd Rather Be An Outlaw [4:57]
20. The Railroad Is Finished [1:51]
21. This is a Train Robbery [3:09]
22. Bad Trade [4:25]
23. Allies [:37]
24. End Credits [5:02]


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The Lone Ranger 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant -- years from now this will be viewed as a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be very careful -- the actual version I received was not the "DVD + DIGITAL" depicted.  Instead it was merely a "DVD" version.   I intend to contact the appropriate Consumer Affairs authorities regarding this.