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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- There was a time before cable when the local anchorman reigned supreme....Enter the hard-hitting world of the 1970s local TV news, where Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his loyal Channel 4 News Team are San Diego's #1 rated news source.  All is well in their male-dominated world of news until beautiful, rising-star reporter Veronica Corningstone turns it all upside down.  Sparks don't just fly, they ignite an all-out war between the two perfectly coiffed anchorpersons.  In a job where it pays to keep a straight face, Anchorman is the comedy that makes it almost impossible to stop laughing.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting of the 1970's, but that's all about to change when a new female employee with ambition to burn arrives in his office.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- Clip: Team Endings
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- Behind The Scenes: Table Read - Ron & Veronica Date
Wild Oats: :  -- We play the credits word association game with "Ant-Man" star Paul Rudd. He also divulges the origin of "Sex Panther!"


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Writers (WGA):
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Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the '70s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Will Ferrell ... Ron Burgundy

Christina Applegate ... Veronica Corningstone

Paul Rudd ... Brian Fantana

Steve Carell ... Brick Tamland

David Koechner ... Champ Kind

Fred Willard ... Ed Harken

Chris Parnell ... Garth Holliday

Kathryn Hahn ... Helen

Fred Armisen ... Tino

Seth Rogen ... Eager Cameraman

Paul F. Tompkins ... MC

Danny Trejo ... Bartender

Scot Robinson ... Waiter at Tino's

Ian Roberts ... Stage Manager

Darcy Donavan ... Hot Blonde

Renee Weldon ... Petite Brunette

Jerry Minor ... Tino's Bassist

Holmes Osborne ... Director
Charles Walker ... Security Guard

Shira Piven ... Mother
Lili Rose McKay ... Child
Thomas E. Mastrolia ... Biker Guy

Jay Johnston ... Eyewitness News Member
Peter A. Hulne ... Man in Kitchen (as Peter Hulne)

Laura Kightlinger ... Donna

Adam McKay ... Custodian
Joseph T. Mastrolia ... Custodian

Judd Apatow ... News Station Employee
Debra McGuire ... News Station Employee

Kent Shocknek ... Network Reporter
Monique McIntyre ... Yelling Woman
Bob Rummler ... Bum
Chuck Poynter ... Announcer

Esmerelda McQuillan ... Middle Class Mother (as Esmeralda McQuillan)
Angela Grillo ... Elderly Woman

Lionel Allen ... Wealthy Family Father
Trina D. Johnson ... Wealthy Family Mother
Mary Alice G. Goodin ... Wealthy Family Child
Fred Dresch ... Doctor

Glen Hambly ... Middle Class Dad
Stuart Gold ... Nursing Room Resident

Bill Kurtis ... Bill Lawson - Narrator (voice)

Jack Black ... Motorcyclist

Luke Wilson ... Frank Vitchard

Ben Stiller ... Arturo Mendes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Flaherty ... Texas TV Station Manager (scenes deleted)

Dave Allen ... Fondue Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Ossie Beck ... Reporter 2 (uncredited)

Jimmy Bennett ... Tommy (uncredited)

Jaimarie Bjorge ... Brick's Kitchen Girl (uncredited)
David Block ... Bullpen Reporter (uncredited)

Dario Deak ... Reporter Smith (uncredited)

Mark Hengst ... Cameraman (uncredited)

Ariane Von Kamp ... Woman at Pool Party (uncredited)

Daniel A. Lopez ... Man in Kitchen (uncredited)

Jake McKinnon ... Bear (uncredited)

Jackie O'Brien ... Secretary (uncredited)

Missi Pyle ... Zoo Keeper (uncredited)

Tim Robbins ... Public TV News Anchor (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Precision Driver (uncredited)

Jacob D. Smith ... PBS Sound Engineer (uncredited)

Scott St. Blaze ... News Cameraman (uncredited)

Jerry Stiller ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

Holly Traister ... Secretary (uncredited)

Vince Vaughn ... Wes Mantooth (uncredited)

Matthew Vlahakis ... Zoologist with Panda in Doug or Glen scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam McKay 
Writing credits
Will Ferrell (written by) &
Adam McKay (written by)

Produced by
Judd Apatow .... producer
David B. Householter .... co-producer (as David Householter)
Shauna Robertson .... executive producer
David O. Russell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Thomas E. Ackerman (director of photography) (as Thomas Ackerman)
Film Editing by
Brent White 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Clayton Hartley  (as Clayton R. Hartley)
Art Direction by
Gregg Davidson  (as Greg Davidson)
Virginia L. Randolph  (as Virginia Randolph-Weaver)
Set Decoration by
Jan Pascale 
Costume Design by
Debra McGuire 
Makeup Department
Heather Cummings .... assistant makeup artist: pickups
Denise Dellavalle .... key makeup artist
Kimberly Greene .... makeup department head
Melanie Mills .... makeup artist: pickups
Edward Morrison .... hair stylist
Sara Rabuse .... extra makeup assistant
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair department head
Erin Wooldridge .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... key hair stylist
Ryan McDowell .... prosthetic fabricator (uncredited)
Production Management
Mark Graziano .... post-production supervisor
David B. Householter .... unit production manager (as David Householter)
Diane L. Sabatini .... production supervisor (as Diane Sabatini)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rick Avery .... second unit director
Jeff Bilger .... second second assistant director
Basil Grillo .... second assistant director (as Basil Bryant Grillo)
Matt Rebenkoff .... first assistant director
Mark Trapenberg .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jenny Baum .... on-set dresser
Mark Bialuski .... gang boss propmaker
Jeanne Bueche .... art department coordinator
Alan Burg .... set dresser
Amanda Crockett .... art department production assistant (as Amanda C. Crockett)
Louise Del Araujo .... lead
John R. Elliott .... construction coordinator
Matthew Ferreira .... set dresser
Glenn Forbes .... props
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Alex Hillkurtz .... illustrator (as Alex Hill)
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist
Mike Medina .... construction foreman
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
Mark Molina .... assistant art director
Rick Polikowski .... propmaker
Mike G. Shannon .... props: additional photography
Adam Tankell .... graphic designer
Susie Thompson .... set dresser
Sally Thornton .... set designer
Mike Villarino .... construction coordinator: additional photography
Randall D. Wilkins .... set designer (as R.D. Wilkins)
Amie McCarthy Winn .... assistant property master (as Amie McCarthy)
Karen E. Burnett .... second on-set dresser (uncredited)
Glenn Forbes .... property master: additional photography (uncredited)
Steven Hanks .... greensman (uncredited)
Tommy John .... painter (uncredited)
Charles Kern .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Christopher Morente .... stand-by greens (uncredited)
Michael Ruby .... supervising signwriter (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
Suzy Zarate .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor (as Richard Anderson)
Bob Beemer .... supervising sound mixer
Jessy Bender .... cableperson (as Jessica Bender)
Mark Binder .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
Mark Coffey .... second assistant sound editor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Kevin Hyde .... boom operator
Ryan Isbell .... sound assistant
Thomas Jones .... dialogue editor
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... first assistant sound editor (as Shawn Kerkoff)
Mark A. Mangini .... sound designer (as Mark Mangini)
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Scott Millan .... supervising sound mixer
Piero Mura .... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist (as Fred W. Peck III)
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer (as Erin Rettig)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Abel Schiro .... sound utility
Solange S. Schwalbe .... dialogue editor (as Solange Schwalbe)
Nick Shaffer .... sound effects recordist
Andy Sisul .... second assistant sound editor
Jim Stuebe .... sound mixer
Devendra Damon Cleary .... sound utility: pre-shoots (uncredited)
Jay Duerr .... auricle operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Garry Elmendorf .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... digital artist: title sequence animation
Mike Bellamy .... lead colorist
Christian Boudman .... Inferno artist: SPI
Christian Boudman .... digital compositor
Kelly Day .... compositing animator
Roxanne Dorman .... visual effects editor
Patrick Flanagan .... compositing artist: Pixel Magic
Nate Haggard .... compositing artist: Pixel Magic
James David Hattin .... lead 2D artist: Pixel Magic
Richard R. Hoover .... visual effects supervisor: SPI
Diana Stulic Ibanez .... visual effects producer: SPI
Raji Kodja .... technical director: SPI
Richard Kratt .... compositing artist: Pixel Magic
John R. McConnell .... compositing artist: Pixel Magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Reid Paul .... digital effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
Reid Paul .... visual effects producer
David A. Smith .... CG supervisor: SPI
Trey Freeman .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic (uncredited)
Evangeline Monroy .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Jeff Varga .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Mitch Zeitlin .... video editorial coordinator: SPI (uncredited)
Brian Avery .... stunts
Joni Avery .... stunts
Mike Avery .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Brewer .... stunt double: David Koecher
Mark Brooks .... bear stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (as Joey Bucaro)
Jack Gill .... stunts
Gary Guercio .... stunts
Nick Hermz .... stunt performer
Lisa Hoyle .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunt double
Michael Hugghins .... stunts
Scotty Richards .... precision driving coordinator (as Scott Richards)
Michelle Sebek .... stunt double
Ty Williams .... stunts
Brian Avery .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Wendi Bromley .... stunt double (uncredited)
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double: Christina Applegate (uncredited)
Christopher Leps .... stunt double: Kevin Corrigan (uncredited)
Brian Machleit .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Henry Cantor .... electrician
Ian S. Casas .... grip: second unit
Alfred Castillo .... grip
Brian Crane .... rigging gaffer
Shawn Ensign .... key grip: second unit
Michael Everett .... gaffer
Bryan Fletchall .... technocrane operator
Linda Gacsko .... second assistant camera
Harry K. Garvin .... Steadicam operator
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Geoffrey Haley .... video playback operator
Steven Hiller .... camera operator: "b" camera
Andrew B. Horton .... electrical lighting technician
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician: re-shoots
Frank Masi .... still photographer
Ralph Merzbach .... 24 frame video operator
Richie Metcalfe .... grip (as Lawton Metcalfe)
Darren Michaels .... additional unit photographer
Lloyd Moriarity .... key grip
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator (as Paul J. Murphey)
Darin Necessary .... first assistant camera
Ray Patrick .... power pod operator
Nicolas Restrepo .... assistant camera
Dylan Rush .... electrician
Jonathan Shier .... film loader
Kevin Tiesiera .... rigging best boy
John Young .... second assistant camera
Matthew E. Alper .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Todd McMullen .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Alan M. Rowe .... lighting console programmer (uncredited)
Animation Department
Graham Morris .... animator
Azariah Owens .... animation effects
Kristen Sych .... animator (as Kristen Nicholas Sych)
Casting Department
Blythe Cappello .... casting
Leslee Feldman .... casting executive
Rich King .... extras casting
Georgia Simon .... adr voice casting
John Srednicki .... casting associate
Kelly Hunt .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mike Lutz .... set costumer
Joseph T. Mastrolia .... costume supervisor
Katrina Mastrolia .... costume supervisor
Michelle Sandvig .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Mellissa Bretherton .... additional editor (as Melissa Bretherton)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
David Orr .... color timer
Michael Pedraza .... post-production assistant
Dylan Quirt .... post-production assistant
James Schermerhorn .... assistant editor: avid (as Jim Schermerhorn)
Fulvio Valsangiacomo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor
Steve Dierkens .... assistant music editor
George Doering .... musician
Steve Durkee .... score mixer
Steve Durkee .... score recordist
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Todd Homme .... executive music supervisor
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Stefan Nordin .... assistant composer
John Rodd .... score recordist
Jeffrey Schindler .... conductor (as Jeff Schindler)
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
Armin Steiner .... score recordist
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Craig Wedren .... vocal coach
Erica Weis .... music editor
Hal Willner .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
Holly Camp .... dispatcher
Michael Menapace .... transportation coordinator (as Michael D. Menapace)
Theresa M. Roehner .... driver (as Theresa Roehner)
Ted Schambers .... driver: Will Ferrell
Steve Bonner .... driver: special equipment (uncredited)
Other crew
Jeremy Alter .... location manager
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor (as Rebecca E. Asher)
Alisha Attella .... construction accountant
Bradford Berling .... art director: titles, Picture Mill
Donna Bizzaro .... production assistant
Alex Bogdanov .... production assistant (as Alexander Bogdanov)
Sheldon M. Bridge .... post production assistant
Ian Calip .... production assistant
Daniel Canamar .... production assistant (as Dan Canamar)
Brett Cody .... video effects co-supervisor
Andrew Jay Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Apatow
Matilda de Cagny .... animal trainer (as Mathilde deCagney)
Patricia L. DeShields .... production accountant (as Patsy DeShields)
Susana Inés Fattorini .... first assistant accountant
Patrick Ferrell .... assistant: Mr. Ferrell
Brian Greene .... stand-in
Marie Healy .... assistant location manager (as Marie E. Healy)
Ellen J. Hornstein .... assistant: Mr. Householter
J. Elizabeth Ingram .... production secretary
Pino Insegno .... voice dubbing: Will Ferrell
David Irvine .... production assistant
Gregg Kawecki .... production assistant (as H. Gregg Kawecki)
Ahmed Kirdar .... additional set production assistant
Thomas Krueger .... construction medic
Ruth LaBarge .... head bear trainer
Christian Labarta .... set production assistant: additional photography
Michael Lecke .... accounting clerk
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Kevin Maier .... stand-in: Steve Carell
Marlene Marks .... payroll accountant
Rob McCabe .... stand-in: Will Ferrell
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Mimi Munson .... researcher
Julie Jean Naylon .... assistant: Mr. McKay
Kyle Oliver .... key assistant location manager
Paulette Osorio .... unit publicist (as Paulette E. Osorio)
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot
John Radcliff .... add'l set production assistant
Aaron Roberts .... production assistant (as Aaron C. Roberts)
Margo Romano .... second assistant accountant
Page Rosenberg-Marvin .... production coordinator
Lisa S. Rothmuller .... location scout
Erin Sahlstrom .... assistant production coordinator (as Erin Lee Sahlstrom)
Steve Suh .... production assistant
Frank Tignini .... production assistant
Collin Woode .... assistant: Ms. Applegate (as Colin Wood)
Aaron Zimmerman .... assistant: Ms. Robertson
Russell Barrett .... assistant: David O. Russell (uncredited)
Matthew Cassel .... location manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Scott Cronan .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Farr .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Hooge .... assistant location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
John Humber .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Hurt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Clint Rowe .... animal trainer: bear (uncredited)
Helen Alexis Yonov .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Anchorman" - USA (short title)
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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor, language and comic violence (edited for re-rating) (certificate no. 40782)
94 min | USA:104 min (extended version) | Canada:97 min | 98 min (unrated)
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Netherlands:6 | Norway:11 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (2013) | Sweden:11 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) (certificate no. 40782) | USA:R (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut DVD version)

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While playing the jazz flute at the restaurant Ron Burgundy yells out, "Aqua lung!" The song Aqua Lung as performed by Jethro Tull debuted in 1971.See more »
Continuity: When Ron is coming to pick up Veronica for their first date and Veronica is waiting for him in the Channel 4 News Lobby, she buttons her jacket in one shot. In the next shot, her jacket is unbuttoned again.See more »
[first lines]
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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78 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
Consistent and thorough silliness keep this above-average comedy afloat, 12 July 2004
Author: byght from Washington, DC

I went to "Anchorman" expecting another super-mainstream, lowest-common-denominator, SNL-derived romp. Now, these aren't the worst movies in the world, to be sure. "Happy Gilmore" and "Old School" are pretty agreeable ways to while away the time. But usually about an hour in to these affairs, I've had enough of the broadness and predictability, which starts to get downright oppressive. It's not just that they're lowbrow--it's that they're so overwhelmingly, disappointingly conventional.

Luckily, this isn't what "Anchorman" is. "Anchorman" is a refreshingly off-kilter outing from an unlikely source--Will Ferrell, the current reigning lord of middle-of-the-road fratboy Sandlerism. The film has a lot more in common with Mel Brooks and Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker than anything in the SNL family tree. It prizes out-and-out silliness and absurdity over bathroom humor and penis jokes (though there's plenty of the latter, don't worry), and pulls it off admirably. In essence, the key to this stuff is never letting off of the goofiness even for a second--the audience should never be allowed to take anything seriously.

"Anchorman" achieves this with exceedingly silly and bizarre dialogue complemented by killer comic performances from Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn and Steve Carrel. You'd have to be lobotomized to maintain a straight face through lines like "It's made with bits of real panther. So you know it's good." and "I'm riding a big, furry tractor!" The direction and pacing are also pretty solid at times, and the requisite celeb cameos are very nicely done (especially in one particular scene which I wouldn't dream of ruining).

The film's not without its flaws, certainly. Chief among them is the wasting of one of the best comic character actors in the biz: Fred Willard. If ever there was someone born to play a smarmy local TV newsman, Willard is it. But he's inexplicably cast here as a dull station suit, while David Koechner plods through the sportscaster role that was clearly meant for him--passable but certainly not as inspired as Willard would have been. Also, I think that the story would have benefited if Vaughn and his cronies, the closest thing to villains in this lightheaded romp, had a little more face time.

But these are comparatively minor problems--the point is that Ferrel has given us something that's really funny in a way that's appreciably different from the endless SNL movie-mill. It's not Monty Python, but it is a healthy departure from what has become the comic mainstream. Most importantly, the laughs are frequent, long, and deep--check it out and you won't be disappointed.

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