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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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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
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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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They bring you the news so you don't have to get it yourself. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

During the "crawl" the is played after the broadcast where Ron and Veronica do their first joint telecast (55:50), the writers listed for the evening's broadcast are Adam Scott, Shannon Bradley, and Jon Hamm. Scott later revealed that both he and Hamm are friends of Shauna Robertson, the movie's producer, and Shannon Bradley has worked with Judd Apatow, another of the film's producers. See more »

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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). See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

At the opening, there is this proclaimation: "Based on actual events. Only the people, places and events have been changed." See more »

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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Connections

References Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (1994) See more »

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El Paso
Written & Performed by Marty Robbins
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Intelligent, Zany, Slightly Nuts Comedy Romp Without Cheap Shots
14 April 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

Humor is so subjective, and what is mildly amusing is a laugh riot to another; so it is with this scattered mess, a slap-shot collection of often hilarious sight gags. I laughed often and frequently at the silliness, was aware that we're not dealing with literary wit, but material seemingly dreamed up while the guys sat around a table and played "Can you top this?"

Every viewer will have favorites: San Francisco Chron Critic LaSalle, for instance, seemed to miss what I thought was a manically nuts performance from Paul Rudd as a second-fiddle newsman: as with all the humor in this zany romp, to each his own. All of the main characters are obviously enjoying the charade--even the dog Baxter, who often speaks with subtitles and mercifully never urinates on a fire hydrant; on the same topic, this is an intelligent comedy, not needing to be riddled with flatulent jokes and the other cheap instant gags that usually flood this kind of outré humor--there is an inspired nuttiness, the kind you find in Airplane, and I enjoyed it. The humor is EXTREMELY broad, but once in a while in this daft world, a person just needs a good laugh. Ron Burgundy delivers!


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Release Date:

9 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,416,365, 11 July 2004

Gross USA:

$85,288,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,649,730
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