Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

  • 12
  • Adam McKay (2004)
  • US
  • 90 min
Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This sporadically amusing but thoroughly dumb 1970s-set comedy stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, a top news anchorman, who suddenly finds his job under threat from a woman. When ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone (a sparky Christina Applegate) joins a top-rated but male chauvinistic San Diego news team, she sets her sights on becoming the first female anchor. However, Burgundy has no intention of sharing the limelight and tries to frustrate the plans of his rival. The jokes are puerile in the extreme, but a few pay off (a highlight being the moment Burgundy slips the announcer a fistful of cash to introduce his co-host as "Tits McGee") and matters are given a lift by a host of cameo appearances by stars including Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller. But, ultimately, this feels like a comedy sketch extended way beyond its natural length, which isn't surprising when both Ferrell and director Adam McKay are alumni of America's Saturday Night Live.

Plot Summary

Period comedy starring Will Ferrell. Ron Burgundy is the top newsreader at a San Diego TV station in the 1970s. But his position comes under threat with the arrival of ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone. Male chauvinist Burgundy is torn between defending his job and his attraction to the glamorous newcomer.

Cast and crew


Ron Burgundy
Will Ferrell
Veronica Corningstone
Christina Applegate
Brian Fantana
Paul Rudd
Brick Tamland
Steve Carell
Champ Kind
David Koechner
Ed Harken
Fred Willard
Garth Holliday
Chris Parnell
Kathryn Hahn
Fred Armisen
Eager cameraman
Seth Rogen
Arturo Mendes
Ben Stiller
Wes Mantooth
Vince Vaughn
Angry biker
Jack Black
Public TV news anchor
Tim Robbins
Frank Vitchard
Luke Wilson
Danny Trejo
Missi Pyle


Adam McKay

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Sep 2004
Certificate 12
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd