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.


Adam McKay
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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

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Ron Livingston auditioned for the role of Brian Fantana. See more »


The news helicopter that drops off Ron Burgundy in the opening scene has an "N" number showing that it wasn't built until 1981. 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 than 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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Alternate Versions

Differences between the theatrical release and the director's cut:
  • After Brian Fantana comments on being hung over from the previous night's party, Champ states "I woke up on the floor of some Japanesse family's living room, and they would NOT stop screaming!", to which Brick replies, "I ate a big red candle". In the director's cut, Champ says "I woke up this morning and I shit a squirrel. The hell of it is, the damn thing's still alive. So I've got this shit covered squirrel down there in the office, and I don't know what to name it." Brick replies, "I'm sorry, I think I ate your chocolate squirrel".
  • The scene of Ron Burgundy walking around the office with an erection is extended by about fifteen seconds.
  • Ron daydreams of being married to Veronica, and has two children. After coming home from work, she appears from the kitchen in negligee, tells him that she's just prepared dinner in the nude, and they somewhat violently make out in the hallway.
  • The scene of Ron being carried away by the crowd after reading the phrase "Go fuck yourself, San Diego" on the air is extended, with Ron screaming, "I would never say fuck! I would never fucking ever fucking say that!"
  • After the above, Ron goes to Tino's where he is forced to eat cat poop in regard to the above incident.
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21 March 2010 | by seychellesdelrosarioSee all my reviews

My first reaction to the film Anchorman when I saw it, I thought this movie was lame and boring but then after I saw the entire film it was really funny. The impression that the film had on me was it's stupidity and , at the same time it was really hilarious. The theme that really jumps out of it was how guys express their manliness.

The movie is really cool and funny as the character's lines are really random, especially Brick's dialogues. The major characters are Ron Burgandy, which was played by Will Ferell, Veronica Corningstone played by Christina Applegate, Brian Fantana played by Paul Rudd, Brick Tamland played by Steve Carell and Champ Kind is played by David Koecher. The movie is about four anchorman that are number one rated on T.V. news. They are very manly in every way. They need to be well dressed, need to have an eloquent speech; from their mind it is eloquent but on reality it is stupid, and the most important thing for them is their hair. Everything is going quite well until they got mixed up by a woman and their boss put her as Ron Burgandy's co-anchor. From that point, their manliness went down and messed up.

Some background scenes were really unrealistic. Just like how the dog got kicked by some guy that Ron Burgandy had an argument on the road, went down on the river and is still alive. It is really crazy. The scene shots are simple but well framed. The cinematography did look quite well for a movie of 70s. The camera angles, the backgrounds scenes and how the director cut the film and changed the background eagerly after the scene was made were really nice and well filmed.

All the actors and actresses gave out their best performance just to make this movie really funny. In this movie you'll notice that everything is exaggerated. The lines were delivered and acted very exaggerated.

The film really got me laughing. It is stupid and hilarious. I would definitely going to recommend this movie to my family and friends so, they could have a laugh from it. Comedic films are really good movies because through this people would really have a time to stop thinking about the dilemmas that they are currently facing but just to have their time to smile and just to relax.

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9 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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