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The Lone Ranger

Released 2013
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp don’t just push the envelope, they light it on fire in this anti-nostalgic look at the masked avenger and his faithful Indian partner—in other words, don’t expect a return to “those thrilling days of yesteryear”, this is a defiantly post-modern (some would say comical) take on The Lone Ranger and westerns in general. Depp is Tonto (with a dead crow stuck on his head) and Armie Hammer plays the cowpoke behind the mask. Co-starring the late, great Tom Wilkinson.

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About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.

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