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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | | 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 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ron Burgundy
... Veronica Corningstone
... Brian Fantana
... Brick Tamland
... Champ Kind
... Ed Harken
... Garth Holliday
... Helen
... Tino
... Eager Cameraman
... MC
... Bartender
... Waiter at Tino's
... Stage Manager
... Hot Blonde
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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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Ron Burgundy wishes you a happy 9th of July. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor, language and comic violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,416,365, 11 July 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$85,288,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,574,188
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Trivia

Number 4 is featured prominently in the movie: The station is Channel 4. The Channel 4 news team originally has four members. The opposite evening news team also has four members. Burgundy mentions a bank loan being denied to the Human Torch, who is a member of the ''Fantastic 4'' (Marvel's superhero team). When Ron is talking with Fantana from a public phone, on Fantana's desk you can see a 4 x 4 version of a Rubik's Cube. Early in the movie, after the first time we see Ron delivering the news, you can see the screen divided in four, showing "San Diegans" repeating Rons ''Stay classy'' phrase. Behind Ron's desk, there is a piece of advertisement saying Ron Burgundy is #1 in San Diego, it has four pictures of him on it. Baxter is also wearing the Channel 4 "4" on his dog collar. See more »

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Pandas were not introduced to the San Diego zoo until 1987, and no cubs were born until 1999. 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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The end credits feature outtakes from the film, as well as one outtake from the film Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) See more »

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Ride Captain Ride
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It's Summertime: Lighten Up and Laugh Without Guilt: No Thinking Necessary

The most devoted cineastes and the average hoi polloi moviegoers both need to kick back and laugh, without probing or analysis, at a goofball, outrageously funny comedy with zero depth. And that's exactly what director Adam McKay (also co-writer with star Will Ferrell) provides in "Anchorman." A very warm summer day, like today, was perfect for the quick gags and physical comedy of this nutty flick. Maybe it's even more of a relief for us folks who are still arguing with each other about "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Control Room," documentaries that make us confront a difficult present and a tenuous future.

Will Ferrell is TV news anchor Ron Burgundy in 1970s San Diego. This is Pre-B.W. (Barbara Walters), a dark age when men reported the news almost exclusively. Burgundy, shallow and self-absorbed without redemption, chases skirts and is so genuinely stupid he reads ANYTHING on the teleprompter. His news crew consists of adulators and one misfit, Brick Tamland, played with unremitting mental blankness by Steve Carrell. Burgundy's dog is a delight, a pooch who can bark in a few languages.

The "Men's Club" is jolted by the station honcho's decision to add a woman to the newsroom, largely to appease the network satraps. He says it's necessary in the interests of "diversity," a word one staff member doesn't even understand. Enter pretty but tough Veronica Corningstone, Christina Applegate. Applegate makes what really is a tough comedic role work completely.

A misadventure by Burgundy results in Veronica's pinch-hitting chance to anchor the evening news. Veronica scores big time. She and Ron are already lovers and she expects him to be thrilled that his absence was her big break. No way and the rest of the film is Ron's Revenge and Veronica's Counterattack.

A subplot is the rivalry between Ron and his crew and the mobile news gatherers of competing stations. This ends in a donnybrook reminiscent of the silent film era having no rhyme or reason. The other stations' combatants are led by Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Tim Robbins. Robbins, one of the most intelligent and versatile personalities in film and stage today, should be watched closely. He almost loses his composure acting the zany script. Even Jack Black makes it into the flick as a dedicated junkie.

Don't miss the outtakes as the end credits role, especially Ferrell's last comment on what the movie really is.

Pure summer fun-laugh, be happy.

8/10


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