Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

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Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.



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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 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. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi


Will Ferrell
as Ron Burgundy
Christina Applegate
as Veronica Corningstone
Paul Rudd
as Brian Fantana
David Koechner
as Champ Kind
Fred Willard
as Ed Harken
Chris Parnell
as Garth Holliday
Steve Carell
as Brick Tamland
Stephen Root
as Vince Masters
Chris Williams (XII)
as Rashad Harris
Seth Rogen
as Eager Cameraman
Danny Trejo
as Bartender
Vince Vaughn
as Wes Mantooth
Scot Robinson
as Waiter at Tino's
Maya Rudolph
as Deedra X
Darcy Donovan
as Hot Blonde
Renee Weldon
as Petite Brunette
Jerry Minor
as Tino's Bassist
Kevin Corrigan
as Paul Hauser
Charles Walker
as Security Guard
Justin Long
as Chris Harken
Jay Johnston
as Eyewitness News Member
Peter Hulne
as Man in Kitchen
Chad Everett
as Jess Moondragon
Adam McKay
as Custodian
Judd Apatow
as News Station Employee
Debra McGuire
as News Station Employee
Kent Shocknek
as Network Reporter
Monique McIntyre
as Yelling Woman
Chuck Poynter
as Announcer
Esmeralda McQuillan
as Middle Class Mother
Angela M. Grillo
as Elderly Woman
Lionel Allen
as Wealthy Family Father
Trina Johnson
as Wealthy Family Mother
Mary Alice G. Goodin
as Wealthy Family Child
Jasmine Nicole Jackson
as Wealthy Family Child
Glen Hambly
as Middle Class Dad
Stuart Gold
as Nursing Room Resident
Bill Kurtis
as Bill Lawson
Luke Wilson
as Frank Vitchard
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  • Sep 19, 2017
    So much better than I expected, Yes the film got lots of praise from critics and viewers but there was just something about it that kept putting me off and the fact that I've never been the biggest Will Ferrell fan didn't help either, But I got round to watching it and I loved it (Most of the time) Some of the jokes came across too silly or cheesy and didn't work at all but there's was some pretty fresh unpredictable humour too that worked so well, The main reason this was so good was the cast, They were all terrific especially Paul Rudd and Steve Carell who were brilliantly funny, There's allot of cameos too that were fitted in nicely, No real main plot to talk about but it didn't need one as the humour and cast were more than enough to make this a good movie.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Silly, but funny. This is a hilarious "period comedy" set in the late 1970s. The fashion is spot on and the writing by Ferrell and McKay is great. So many quotable lines and remembered characters in this film. One of the more enjoyable sequences was the street fight between the rival news teams which was chock full of cameo appearances.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2016
    A hilarious newsroom comedy. The characters played by Will Ferrell and Steve Carell are especially awesome. There are so many quotable lines that are still said today ("60% of the time, it works every time" being one of my favourites). The plot may be a little thin, but the jokes make up for this. The funniest comedy i have seen in a long time.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2014
    The Will Ferrell screwball comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is outrageously funny. Set in the '70s, the story follows a San Diego news anchor name Ron Burgundy who's at the top of his game, but his world is shaken when a spunky, headstrong female report joins the station's news team. Aside from Ferrell, the film stars Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and Paul Rudd; who all deliver great performances that really makes the comedy work. Additionally, there's some hilarious spoofing of '70s American pop-culture. A better comedy than it has any right to be, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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