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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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Storyline

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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His news is bigger than your news. 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

Though the exact year in which the film is set is not stated, the fact that the characters know all lyrics to the song "Afternoon Delight", and Champ's offhand "Gene Tenace" reference on describing his excitement for sports probably places the time in mid-1977, Tenace's first season with the San Diego Padres. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.52 (2013) See more »

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Carry on Wayward Son
Written by Kerry Livgren
Performed by Kansas
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Once Going, I Loved It
17 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

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Adam McKay

Uproar erupts when Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) must share the news room with a woman anchor.

Like many comedies, Anchorman does have a slow start, but as it goes on, the jokes don't stop. Will Ferrell and gang have created such wonderful and hilarious characters who won't be forgotten anytime soon. Add to this, some fantastic cameos from stars such as Tim Robbins and Jack Black, and you have one of the funniest films of 2004.


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