Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy


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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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21 August 2004 | smla02
Anchorman: The Legend of Will Ferrell's Comedy
*** 1/2

Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, and Paul Rudd.

Famous anchorman Ron Burgundy is on top of the world. He's got fame, friends, ladies, and his beloved dog. But all that changes as he develops a rivalry with his new female co-anchor Veronica Corningstone.

Without question this is Will Ferrell's best work. His over-the-top acting and his over-the-top hair fits perfectly in the title role. And surprisingly, he's not the best part. Steve Carell, as the "retarded" weatherman steals just about every scene he's in.

Hilarious movie, but not exactly for the ones who don't exactly like "stupid" movies.

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Trivia

The film was inspired by a biography show that Will Ferrell watched about Jessica Savitch, and how one of her male co-workers confessed to being a total chauvinist back in the day.


Quotes

Bill Lawson: 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 ...


Goofs

In his proud report for Channel 4 New about "one of the more remarkable things ever to happen to San Diego or even the world", Ron Burgundy pronounces San Diego as "San Diago" (with an a).


Crazy Credits

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


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.


Soundtracks

Afternoon Delight
Written by
Bill Danoff (as William Danoff)
Performed by Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd (uncredited), Steve Carell (uncredited) and David Koechner (uncredited)

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