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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 July 2004 (USA)
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, 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 4, has embraced diversity and has hired a beautiful new female anchor named Veronica Corningstone. While Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 4 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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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,416,365 (USA) (9 July 2004)

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$84,136,909 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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Ron Burgundy's license plate is "IM #1." See more »

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When Ron blows fire from the end of his flute, the nozzle of the flame projector is clearly visible in one of the shots. 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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Are you serious?
11 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I've heard a lot about "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy." After all, it made Will Ferrell famous to movie audiences. I've heard it been called everything from just hilarious to being one of the defining comedies of our time. Surprised was I to find out that "Anchorman" is not only overrated, it's downright unwatchable.

Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) is Ron Burgandy, San Diego's most famous news reporter with an ego to match. Everything seems to be perfect for Ron, until a new reporter, a beautiful female(!) named Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) threatens his seat of power.

I've seen a few of Will Ferrell's movies, and I have to admit that I am not a fan. He can be funny, like in "Elf" or "Old School." But here he's so obnoxious that it's torture to watch him "be funny." All he does is yell and scream a lot and act like a guy with a big ego. It isn't funny.

Everyone here is extremely stupid. That's not inherently a bad thing; being dumb can be funny. Take a look at "Borat;" they don't get any dumber than that guy. But what makes "Borat" funny and "Anchroman" a trial is how it plays dumb. "Borat" intelligently rips apart the dumbest parts of American culture. "Anchorman" plays dumb by acting like middle schoolers. What I mean is that "Anchorman" thinks its being funny by being crude. Crude does not necessarily equal funny. It has to be clever, which "Anchorman" is definitely not.

My God, this is an awful movie. I don't think I've ever had a worse time watching a movie, and that includes "The Royal Tenenbaums." That is a record that I hope I never break.


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