Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy

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Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd


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Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, Anchorman is set during the 1970s and stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top-rated news anchorman. While Burgundy is outwardly willing to adjust to the idea of females in the workplace -- even outside…  See more details below


Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, Anchorman is set during the 1970s and stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top-rated news anchorman. While Burgundy is outwardly willing to adjust to the idea of females in the workplace -- even outside of secretarial positions -- he certainly doesn't want his own job challenged. Keeping that in mind, it's no wonder that the arrival of Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), an aspiring newswoman, is, in Ron's eyes, not the studio's most welcome addition. After Veronica pays her dues covering so-called female-oriented fluff pieces (think cat fashion shows and cooking segments), the ambitious Veronica sets her eyes on the news desk; more specifically, on Ron's seat behind it. Not unpredictably, Ron doesn't take the threat lightly, and it isn't long before the rival newscasters are engaged in a very personal battle of the sexes. Anchorman was co-written by Ferrell, and features supporting performances from David Koechner, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Tara Subkoff, and Maya Rudolph.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
To some people, Will Ferrell remains an acquired taste: Success in skit-comedy TV shows doesn't necessarily guarantee big-screen stardom. There are those who believe Ferrell is strictly a supporting actor and not a leading man, Elf notwithstanding. Anchorman -- one of 2004's goofiest and most entertaining comedies -- soundly refutes that notion. Set in the 1970s, when women's liberation and the sexual revolution turned the culture topsy-turvy, Anchorman chronicles the misadventures of Ron Burgundy (guess who), a clueless, misogynistic TV newsreader. Ron is the toast of San Diego, adored by women and admired by men, his Neanderthal attitudes notwithstanding. But he's about to get real competition from an ambitious female reporter (Christina Applegate) determined to become the station's first woman anchor -- even if it means undermining Burgundy by means both fair and foul. Anchorman would not have been such a giddy delight had writer/director Adam McKay (head writer on Saturday Night Live during Ferrell's tenure there) simply fallen back on tired battle-of-the-sexes tropes. In fact, the film's best bits involve comedy that verges on the absurd. Ferrell's Burgundy is a walking caricature, although he seems practically normal compared to the bizarre yes-men played by Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and especially Steve Carell, who is sidesplitting as dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland. Vince Vaughn adds to the general hilarity as a competing channel's anchor, while Luke Wilson, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, and many other familiar faces pop up in effective cameos. The Ferrell-McKay screenplay is peppered with snappy one-liners and pop-culture references, and while nobody will ever confuse Anchorman for sophisticated humor, this movie can be counted upon to put a smile on the viewer's face and keep it there.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Fans of Will Ferrell argue that his relentless commitment to his characters is what makes him a special comedic talent. The downside of this intense commitment is that his characters often lack a connection to reality. His characters in Old School and Elf live in a world of their own and the comedy comes from those characters' inability to acknowledge life as average people live it. Anchorman continues this structure and gives Ferrell plenty of opportunities to engage in the kind of bizarre behavior and surreal non sequiturs on which he has built his following. The film is full of supporting characters who are basically pale versions of Ferrell's benignly egomaniacal Ron Burgundy. There is just one style of comedy on display throughout the film, and it is a type of comedy that does not allow the film to have any resonance outside of the world it creates. Ferrell does not commit to the character so much as he commits to a comic construct that he knows is funny. Instead of becoming the character, his intensity is a novel way of allowing himself to comment on the character. Therefore it becomes impossible for anything close to a three-dimensional person to develop. While Anchorman certainly offers ingenious moments of surreal comedy (especially whenever Steve Carell opens his mouth), the lack of any reality keeps the film from offering anything other than fleeting laughs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Over 35 minutes of hilarious bloopers & deleted scenes; Ron Burgundy's unforgettable interviews at the MTV movie awards; Ron Burgundy's ESPN audition; An interview with Ron Burgundy courtesy of the museum of television and radio; An almost uncensored commentary with Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay; The making of Anchorman; Afternoon delight music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Holiday
Stephen Root Vince Masters
Chris Williams Rashad Harris
Seth Rogen Cameraman
Tara Subkoff Sandra
Vince Vaughn Wes Mantooth
Maya Rudolph Deedra X
Chuck D Actor
Kevin Corrigan Paul Hauser
Fred Armisen Actor
Dave Allen Actor
Justin Long Chris Harken
Chad Everett Jess Moondragon
Kathryn Hahn Helen

Technical Credits
Adam McKay Director,Screenwriter
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Graham Morris Animation Animator
Judd Apatow Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Blythe Cappello Casting
Will Ferrell Screenwriter
Clayton R. Hartley Production Designer
David B. Householter Co-producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Ginny Randolph Art Director
Virginia Randolph-Weaver Art Director
Matt Rebenkoff Asst. Director
Shauna Robertson Executive Producer
David O. Russell Executive Producer
Jim Stuebe Sound/Sound Designer
Shauna Weinberg Executive Producer
Brent White Editor
Alex Wurman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Meet Ron Burgundy [3:39]
2. Channel 4 News Team [2:07]
3. Pool Party [5:32]
4. Man's Best Friend [1:38]
5. Who's That Lady? [4:31]
6. Numero 2 [3:00]
7. Taking a Run at the New Girl [4:36]
8. 2 Tickets to the Gun Show [6:03]
9. The Jazz Flute [5:21]
10. Pleasure Town [2:20]
11. The Definition of Love [4:43]
12. Breaking Up With the News Team [4:53]
13. The Bad Man Punts Baxter [3:43]
14. Veronica's Big Break [8:21]
15. Anchorman Rumble [6:08]
16. Bad Hair [3:09]
17. Ron Gets Canned [3:38]
18. The Downward Spiral [9:49]
19. Bear Fight [9:12]
20. End Credits [4:45]


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