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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

 -  Comedy  -  9 July 2004 (USA)
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Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 70's, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

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In 1970s San Diego, journalism was a well respected profession and people actually cared about what they saw on TV. And the top rated anchor man in the city is Ron Burgundy. He enjoys his run at the top, and has for the last five years. And his news team is equally as good as he is. Professional jock and former professional baseball player Champ Kind handles the sports, the curiously dim witted Brick Tamland - who's a few channels short of a cable subscription - handles the weather, and ladies' man Brian Fantana - whose collection of fine scents would be in the Guinness Book Of Records - handles the on-field reporting. But now all that is about to change forever. The TV station Burgundy works for, Channel 6, has embraced diversity and has hired a beautiful new female anchor named Veronica Corningstone. While Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 6 news team enjoys fighting with competitors, drinking, and flirting with the ladies, Veronica quietly climbs her way to the top. And ... Written by halo1k

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They bring you the news so you don't have to get it yourself. See more »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$573,025 (Australia) (22 October 2004)

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$1,492,415 (Australia) (5 November 2004)
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The zoo scenes are filmed at the old Los Angeles Zoo that closed in 1965. The remaining buildings are a tourist attraction in Griffith Park. See more »

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At one point, the News Director announces that the ratings went up the previous night. Nielsen did not introduce overnight measurement in the San Diego market until the 1990s. In the 1970s (when the film takes place), the only source of ratings data were the 4 sweeps months, for which the data took several weeks to be made available. See more »

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Bill Lawson: [narration] There was a time, a time before cable. When the local anchorman reigned supreme. When people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news. And in San Diego, one anchorman was more man then the rest. His name was Ron Burgundy. He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals. He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the balls.
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There is one more scene after the end credits roll with the Anchor Team walking as Ron talk about where they will be years from now. See more »

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Help Yourself
Written by Jack Fishman, Labatida Carlo Donida, Giulio Rapatti Mogol
Performed by Tom Jones
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Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights Ltd. part of the Chrysalis Group PLC
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The perfected art of being stupid
9 March 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In a year packed with comedies that were all a bit stupid and silly (and all seemed to feature Ben Stiller), Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy reigns supreme above them all. This is a movie that is well aware of its own stupidity, and best of all, it is able to embrace it skillfully so that it is exactly as silly and immature as it wants to be. It is such a great comedy; I'd consider it the Naked Gun of our generation.

As apposed to many, many, other comedies, Anchorman actually gets better as it moves along. Most of the time a comedy like this will use up all the laughs in the first hour and then try to take a serious, lovey-dovey turn in the last act. There are more laughs in the last half hour than in the first half hour, which usually is never the case. It's as if there was some mathematical comedic formula that spread the laughs out in a way that it was consistently funny. Or, maybe they just got lucky. I dunno.

I loved all the characters in the movie, every role no matter how small had a great moment or two. Will Ferrel of course, the star of the movie who is just perfect as Ron. He's so so funny 'cause he's such a lovable idiot. Even Christina Appelgate, who was in a role that quite honestly anyone could have done, is able to make it her own and provide some laughs. There is a scene that has a lot of cameos that was hilarious as well. It was one of those moments that takes you completely by surprise.

So, what else can I say except that I loved Anchorman! It's the best "stupid" comedy I've seen in years. This is Will Ferrel at his best and it will be hard to top.

My rating: 9/10


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