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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Poster

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Anachronisms 

During the anchorman rumble, Champ throws a man through a car windshield. The car is a 1982-1987 Chevrolet El Camino. The quad rectangular headlights give it away. The movie is set in the 1970s.
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Though set in the 1970s, during Ron Burgundy's encounter with the motorcyclist, a 1997-2002 Ford Econoline cutaway van passes by in the background.
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Pandas were not introduced to the San Diego zoo until 1987, and no cubs were born until 1999.
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In the Sex Panther cologne scene, many of the colognes and lotions are from the 2000s.
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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.
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In the bar, you can see a bottle of Malibu brand rum from 1980.
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In several shots of downtown San Diego's Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres can be seen. Petco Park opened in April 2004. During the 1970's the Padres shared then called San Diego Stadium with the San Diego Chargers.
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The boat that is pulling the squirrel in one of the initial news broadcasts is a Correct Craft Ski Nautique from the 1990s.
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The Dodge news van at the zoo is a model first produced in 1979, too late for the movie's mid-1970s time period.
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Slot machine in the news directors office was a type used after the time frame of the film. It is a Double Diamond made by IGT and introduced in 1989.
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Several of the typefaces used were not designed at the time the movie was set. At 5m in, the vector version of the font Geneva (introduced in 1991) is used for the word "Exclusive!". At 70m in, the vector version of the font Chicago (also from 1991) is used at the end of the teleprompter reel.
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The NBC building located adjacent to the downtown San Diego Horton Plaza shopping mall can be seen during one fly-through. NBC was not located in that building until December 2001.
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When Ron Burgundy calls his news team to him with the giant seashell, his echoing call is heard over an aerial view of a cityscape; on the side of one of the buildings is NBC's current "peacock" logo. During the late 70s, NBC was using a stylized "N" as its logo.
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Although the story takes place in the 70s, many of the aerial shots in the film showcase San Diego's new skyline including the Hyatt towers and the new Petco ballpark.
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The movie is set in the mid 1970s, but when Ron Burgundy is crying about his dog, Bryan has a 2x2 Rubik's Cube on his desk. The famous 3x3 Rubik's Cube wasn't introduced in the U.S. until the 1979 Christmas season, and variations weren't introduced until the 1980s.
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In Brick's first scene, a man behind him is seen drinking a beverage out of an aluminum can with an indentation around the top rim of the can where one's bottom lip would go. This style of can was not introduced until the 1980s. Cans in the 1970s had straight cylindrical walls.
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During the opening scene, the view from the helicopter shows an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer. these ships were not even planned in the time period of the film and the first one wasn't commissioned until 1991.
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The news helicopter that drops off Ron Burgundy in the opening scene has an "N" number showing that it wasn't built until 1981.
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In the beginning when the bikers are in the bar you can see a man in the back wearing a Danzig shirt with a skull logo from the 1980s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the "jazz flute" scene, the bass players left hand position and movements clearly do not match the music he is supposed to be playing.
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Character error 

After Veronica Corningstone gets selected as the new co-anchor, the first newspaper spells her name "Cornerstone".
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Continuity 

When Veronica's hands are seen marking out Ron's sign-off, the paragraph above it is completely different from what we see Ron and Veronica reporting in the next scene.
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When Ron is in the bar where he drowns his sorrows away, a man enters the bar in one shot and we hear and see the door opening. In the next shot the same man enters again and the door opens again.
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After Ron and his gang have the big gang war with the other four news teams, he and his three co-workers are sitting in his office drinking some beers, and the amount of beer in the bottles change many times.
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In Jack Black's scene, Black's motorcycle skids and stops behind Ron Burgundy's car. However, when Black and Burgundy meet face-to-face, the motorcycle is somehow in front of the car on the road.
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In the, "Afternoon Delight" scene, Ron announces that he is in love with Veronica. As Brian closes the door to Ron's office, his lit cigarette is a third of the way burnt down. When he turns around to face Ron after closing the door, his cigarette looks as though it has just been lit.
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Position of crowd during Veronica and Ron's fight scene.
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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.
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When Ron is talking to his dog and eating his burrito in his car, cars are visible behind him, but in the wide shot there are no cars anywhere.
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When Ron throws the burrito out the window, there are cars all around and the sky is orange and clear. But during the motorcycle crash, there aren't any cars around and the sky is completely cloudy.
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During the big party at the start of the movie, a woman in the background changes clothes numerous times between shots. She is first seen in lingerie during Brick Tamland's kitchen intro, then a short dress, and then back to the lingerie outfit.
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When Ron is first talking to his dog Baxter, the dog's front paws change position on the chair between shots (from standing to kneeling).
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At the anchorman rumble, just as they all attack, Brian Fantana stumbles and falls to the ground. Yet right after that, he's in the thick of the brawl.
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Ron's coat changes position on the chair when he is talking to Baxter.
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When the "Spanish speaking news team" runs down the stairs to enter the brawl, there are clearly seven of them, where there are only six in the actual fight.
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When Ed is talking about diversity, the pencils are pretty organized. In the next shot, they are very scattered.
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Brian Fantana goes to bang his right fist on Ed's desk but when it cuts to a long shot he slams his left fist onto the desk.
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In the opening party scene where Ron sees Veronica for the first time, Ron has nothing but a small glass, and he finishes whatever drink he has in it. When Ron follows Veronica he never stops for anything but the first time he talks to her he has a full, large class with an orange slice on the rim and an umbrella in it.
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When the fight between news teams is about to take place, the second news team arrive on bikes. When they are talking to Ron and his news team they have their bikes between their legs, which they push away so they fall to the ground. In the next shot the bikes are no longer there.
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During the party when Ron is looking for the woman who ends up being Veronica Corningstone, his glass is almost empty in one shot, and then in the next his glass is full with an umbrella and a skewer with fruit on it.
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When Veronica is in Harken's office to ask for more challenging opportunities you can see Garth in the background move his arms twice into the same position.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Ron blows fire from the end of his flute, the nozzle of the flame projector is clearly visible in one of the shots.
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Errors in geography 

The view from the San Diego - Coronado Bridge when Ron Burgundy has his encounter with Jack Black is clearly not San Diego, but is in fact Long Beach, California.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Ron is talking to Brian on the phone after the burrito scene, the phone in the booth is a touch tone. Touch-tone dialing was widely introduced to the public in 1964. Touch-tone phones, although not common, were found in some phone booths in the 1970s.
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Plot holes 

When Ron reads the teleprompter with the question mark on it, it is revealed that the words on the prompter don't match the words that Ron said. The plot depends on the notion that Ron cannot help but read anything that is put on the teleprompter.
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Directly following the "Panda Watch day #5" report, as Ron Burgundy is reading his sign-off from the teleprompter, the words do not match, defeating the plot point that he can't diverge from the teleprompter.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the fight between Ron and Veronica, Veronica pulls an antenna off of the TV and whips Ron with it. Just before she rips it off, it moves, revealing that is was already broken.
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When Ron and the other Anchormen are ready to fight the rival news crew, a man is seen falling just as they all run towards each other.
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When Ron throws the burrito out his car window, we see the fallen motorcyclist eventually slide to a stop. The burrito is shown smashed on the pavement; stationary and beyond where the motorcyclist stopped sliding, revealing that the burrito had been placed on the ground before the scene was filmed.
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After Veronica fills in for Ron, Garth lights a Cigar for Ed, however you can clearly see that the cigar hasn't been cut, making it impossible to smoke.
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In the Jazz club scene when Ron is moving towards the stage, several extras are clapping without their hands meeting, so as not to make noise on the sound stage during filming.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After the scene Brian and Ron are talking about Baxter being punted off the bridge, we see Ron running down the street to get back to the news station. As he runs into a man, we hear him say "I've got to do the news!" but his mouth clearly is not moving.
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Character error 

After Ron is fired, he walks down the street and is confronted by a few people. A little girl tells him off, and then continues to walk with her mom. That is, until she gets about 20 feet away, and turns around to run back to Ron.
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Character error 

When Frank Vitchard is reporting the birth of the panda at the end of the movie, his microphone has the call letters of Wes Mantooth's station (Channel 9), not Channel 2 news he said he was in at the street fight.
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Character error 

In the subtitled conversation between Baxter the dog and the Kodiak bear, the spelling of the bear's name changes between subtitles.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end, the newsman in the bear pit loses both arms to the bear but you can see where he has his real arms tucked in the buttoned jacket, folded across his chest.
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