7.2/10
331,667
626 user 166 critic

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 July 2004 (USA)
Trailer
2:30 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Adam McKay
Reviews
Popularity
1,371 ( 306)
1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

His news is bigger than your news. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Ron calls Brian from the phonebooth, the Rubik's Cube on Brian's desk only has four squares per side. (Standard ones have nine per side). See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is one more scene after the end credits roll with the Anchor Team walking as Ron talk about where they will be years from now. 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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.104 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherry, Cherry
Written & Performed by Neil Diamond
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

User Reviews

 
Funny Anchorman
13 July 2004 | by jon.h.ochiaiSee all my reviews

This summer I've seen several intentionally stupid funny movies, and enjoyed them. Adam McKay's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is no exception. Seems that my taste for high concept cinema has been influenced by the summer-- well not really. This movie written by McKay and it's star Will Ferrell is an outrageous and completely over the top comedy. Applaud Will Ferrell as the mind bendingly stupid and self absorbed, San Diego newscaster, Ron Burgundy. Will Ferrell is genius in playing Ron straight without character dispersions. Ferrell creates a great deadpan sense with his cohabiting dog, Baxter, and the fact that his character Ron Burgundy will read ANYTHING on the teleprompter, his tragic flaw, well at least one of several, is priceless. Ferrell also never crosses the line of being a complete jerk which is an amazing accomplishment. In fact, Ferrell gives Ron a muted charm-- he really does grow on you.

Basically, "Anchorman" is an extended sitcom. Ron is informed by his station manager, Ed (a funny Fred Willard), that he will have a co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone (a hot Christina Applegate). Turns out that Veronica was a woman whom was immune to Ron's vast charm at a wild news crew party. Veronica is beautiful, ambitious, and smart. She too has aspirations of being a Network Anchor. The Boys Club news crew which include sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), feature story guy Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and the dumb as a post weatherman Brick Tamland (Steven Carell) all make their play for Veronica. However, she falls for Ron in spite of himself. Ron eventually woos her affections in a totally wacky jazz flute display. The screen writing is so skewed in a good way, and it has absolutely no shame. There is a classic scene with Ron's dog Baxter, and a bridge that according to my bud, John, shatters a fundamental script writing rule. In another memorable scene Ron gives an erroneous translation of the name San Diego to Veronica that is hilarious. "Anchorman" also benefits from cameos of talented actors, most notably Vince Vaughn as Wes Mantooth, the rival station anchor. Christina Applegate looks great, and truly has a talent for comedy.

"Anchorman" is completely over the top, and ignores any boundaries. That really makes it work. "Anchorman" is broad stroke farce done well. Will Ferrell demonstrates great comedic gifts. I want to see what he creates next. For now, "Anchorman" is just great fun, and very funny stuff.


92 of 148 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 626 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Action Newsman See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,416,365, 11 July 2004

Gross USA:

$85,288,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,709,367
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed