Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

Adam McKay (2004)

90min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

The chauvinistic host of a top-rated American news programme in 1970s San Diego fights for his status and job security when both are threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female reporter, whose determination to become a newsreader leads to a bitter battle of the sexes. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Fred Willard and Steve Carell.

Cast & 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
Helen Kathryn Hahn
Tino 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
Bartender Danny Trejo
Zookeeper Missi Pyle
Director Adam McKay
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Sep 2004

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