Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 34 mins

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In 1970s San Diego, journalism was a well respected profession and people actually cared about what they saw on TV. And the top rated anchor man in the city is Ron Burgundy. He enjoys his run at the top, and has for the last five years. And his news team is equally as good as he is. Professional jock and former professional baseball player Champ Kind handles the sports, the curiously dim witted Brick Tamland - who's a few channels short of a cable subscription - handles the weather, and ladies' man Brian Fantana - whose collection of fine scents would be in the Guinness Book Of Records - handles the on-field reporting. But now all that is about to change forever. His network Channel 6 has embraced diversity and has hired a beautiful new female anchor named Veronica Corningstone. While Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 6 news team enjoys fighting with competitors, drinking, and flirting with the ladies, Veronica quietly climbs her way to the top. And Veronica's success drives ...
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Cast: Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell

Crew: Adam McKay (Director), Thomas E Ackerman (Director of Photography), Alex Wurman (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy

Release Dates: 09 Jul 2004 (India)

Tagline: If Ron Burgundy says it... it's the truth!

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as Veronica Corningstone
as Brian Fantana
as Brick Tamland
as Ron Burgundy
as Custodian
as Garth Holliday
as Bartender
as Hot Blonde
as Champ Kind
as Tino
as Ed Harken
as Director
as Stage Manager
as Eyewitness News Member
as Tino's Bassist
as Helen
as Petite Brunette
as Waiter at Tino's
as Eager Cameraman
as Mother


First Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Unit Production Manager


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Label


Sound Effects Editor
Sound Mixer
Foley Artist


Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panavision Genesis
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat)
If Ron Burgundy says it... it's the truth!
His news is bigger than your news.
They bring you the news so you don't have to get it yourself.
Ron Burgundy wishes you a happy 9th of July.
Pandas were not introduced to the San Diego zoo until 1987, and no cubs were born until 1999.

The NBC building located adjacent to the downtown San Diego Horton Plaza shopping mall can be seen during one fly-through. NBC was not located in that building until December 2001.

Though set in the 1970s, during Ron Burgundy's encounter with the motorcyclist, a 1997-2002 Ford Econoline cutaway van passes by in the background.

During the anchorman rumble, Champ throws a man through a car windshield. The car is a 1982-1987 Chevrolet El Camino. The quad rectangular headlights give it away. The movie is set in the 1970s.

The Dodge news van at the zoo is a model first produced in 1979, too late for the movie's mid-1970s time period.

When Ron Burgundy calls his news team to him with the giant seashell, his echoing call is heard over an aerial view of a cityscape; on the side of one of the buildings is NBC's current "peacock" logo. During the late 70s, NBC was using a stylized "N" as its logo.

Although the story takes place in the 70s, many of the aerial shots in the film showcase San Diego's new skyline including the Hyatt towers and the new Petco ballpark.

The movie is set in the mid 1970s, but when Ron Burgundy is crying about his dog, Bryan has a 2x2 Rubik's Cube on his desk. The famous 3x3 Rubik's Cube wasn't introduced in the U.S. until the 1979 Christmas season, and variations weren't introduced until the 1980s.

In the bar, you can see a bottle of Malibu brand rum. This product was not introduced until 1980.

In the Sex Panther cologne scene, many of the colognes and lotions are from the 2000s and not the 1970s.

In several shots of downtown San Diego's Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres can be seen. Petco Park opened in April 2004. During the 1970's the Padres shared then called San Diego Stadium with the San Diego Chargers.

In Brick's first scene, a man behind him is seen drinking a beverage out of an aluminum can with an indentation around the top rim of the can where one's bottom lip would go. This style of can was not introduced until the 1980s. Cans in the 1970s had straight cylindrical walls.

Several of the typefaces used were not designed at the time the movie was set. At 5m in, the vector version of the font Geneva (introduced in 1991) is used for the word "Exclusive!". At 70m in, the vector version of the font Chicago (also from 1991) is used at the end of the teleprompter reel.

During the opening credits, the back of Ron's blazer is being cleaned off with a lint roller. The earliest patent on the lint roller was in August, 1983.

During the opening scene, the view from the helicopter shows an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer. these ships were not even planned in the time period of the film and the first one wasn't commissioned until 1991.

During the fight that Ron has with Veronica in the office, he sprays himself with pepper-spray. Pepper-Spray wasn't introduced until the 1980s.

Slot machine in the news directors office was a type used after the time frame of the film. It is a Double Diamond made by IGT and introduced in 1989.

The news helicopter that drops off Ron Burgundy in the opening scene has an "N" number showing that it wasn't built until 1981.

The boat that is pulling the squirrel in one of the initial news broadcasts is a Correct Craft Ski Nautique from the 1990s.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the "jazz flute" scene, the bass players left hand position and movements clearly do not match the music he is supposed to be playing.

Audio/Video Mismatch
After the scene in which Brian and Ron are talking about Baxter being punted off the bridge, we see Ron running down the street to get back to the news station. As he runs into a man, we hear him say "I've got to do the news!" but his mouth clearly is not moving.

Character Error
In the scene after Veronica Corningstone gets selected as the new co-anchor, the first newspaper spells her name "Cornerstone".

Character Error
At the end of the scene in which Brick invites Veronica to the "pants party," Veronica addresses the stage manager by his actual first name, "Ian." The character has no name.

When Ron is first talking to his dog Baxter, the dog's front paws change position on the chair between shots (from standing to kneeling).

Ron's coat changes position on the chair when he is talking to Baxter.

When the "Spanish speaking news team" runs down the stairs to enter the brawl, there are clearly seven of them, where there are only six in the actual fight.

When Veronica's hands are seen marking out Ron's sign-off, the paragraph above it is completely different from what we see Ron and Veronica reporting in the next scene.

When Ron is in the bar where he drowns his sorrows away, a man enters the bar in one shot and we hear and see the door opening. In the next shot the same man enters again and the door opens again.

Position of crowd during Veronica and Ron's fight scene.

During the party when Ron is looking for the woman who ends up being Veronica Corningstone, his glass is almost empty in one shot, and then in the next his glass is full with an umbrella and a skewer with fruit on it.

At the anchorman rumble, just as they all attack, Brian Fantana stumbles and falls to the ground. Yet right after that, he's in the thick of the brawl.

After Ron and his gang have the big gang war with the other four news teams, he and his three co-workers are sitting in his office drinking some beers, and the amount of beer in the bottles change many times.

When Ron is coming to pick up Veronica for their first date and Veronica is waiting for him in the Channel 4 News Lobby, she buttons her jacket in one shot. In the next shot, her jacket is unbuttoned again.

When Ed is talking about diversity, the pencils are pretty organized. In the next shot, they are very scattered.

Brian Fantana goes to bang his right fist on Ed's desk but when it cuts to a long shot he slams his left fist onto the desk.

When Ron is talking to his dog and eating his burrito in his car, cars are visible behind him, but in the wide shot there are no cars anywhere.

In the scene on the bridge, when Ron throws the burrito out the window, there are cars all around and the sky is orange and clear. But during the motorcycle crash, there aren't any cars around and the sky is completely cloudy.

In the opening party scene where Ron sees Veronica for the first time, Ron has nothing but a small glass, and he finishes whatever drink he has in it. When Ron follows Veronica he never stops for anything but the first time he talks to her he has a full, large class with an orange slice on the rim and an umbrella in it.

During the scene where the fight between news teams is about to take place, the second news team arrive on bikes. When they are talking to Ron and his news team they have their bikes between their legs, which they push away so they fall to the ground. In the next shot the bikes are no longer there.

In the Jack Black scene, Black's motorcycle skids and stops behind Ron Burgundy's car. However, when Black and Burgundy meet face-to-face, the motorcycle is somehow in front of the car on the road.

In the, "Afternoon Delight" scene, Ron announces that he is in love with Veronica. As Brian closes the door to Ron's office, his lit cigarette is a third of the way burnt down. When he turns around to face Ron after closing the door, his cigarette looks as though it has just been lit.

During the big party at the start of the movie, a woman in the background changes clothes numerous times between shots. She is first seen in lingerie during Brick Tamland's kitchen intro, then a short dress, and then back to the lingerie outfit.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Ron blows fire from the end of his flute, the nozzle of the flame projector is clearly visible in one of the shots.

Errors in Geography
The view from the San Diego - Coronado Bridge when Ron Burgundy has his encounter with Jack Black is clearly not San Diego, but is in fact Long Beach, California.

When Ron is talking to Brian on the phone after the burrito scene, the phone in the booth is a touch tone. Touch-tone dialing was widely introduced to the public in 1964. Touch-tone phones, although not common, were found in some phone booths in the '70s.

When Ron reads the teleprompter with the question mark on it, it is revealed that the words on the prompter don't match the words that Ron said. This is clearly a mistake, since it is well-established that Ron will read anything that is put on the teleprompter.

Directly following the "Panda Watch day #5" report, as Ron Burgundy is reading his sign-off from the teleprompter, the words do not match, defeating the plot point that he can't diverge from the teleprompter.

During the fight between Ron and Veronica, Veronica pulls an antenna off of the TV and whips Ron with it. Just before she rips it off, it moves, revealing that is was already broken.

In the scene where Ron throws the burrito out his car window, we see the fallen motorcyclist eventually slide to a stop. The burrito is shown smashed on the pavement; stationary and beyond where the motorcyclist stopped sliding, revealing that the burrito had been placed on the ground before the scene was filmed.

In the scene after Veronica fills in for Ron, Garth lights a Cigar for Ed, however you can clearly see that the cigar hasn't been cut, making it impossible to smoke.

In the Jazz club scene when Ron is moving towards the stage, several extras are clapping without their hands meeting, so as not to make noise on the sound stage during filming.

When Ron and the other Anchormen are ready to fight the rival news crew, a man is seen falling just as they all run towards each other.

Character Error
After Ron is fired, he walks down the street and is confronted by a few people. A little girl tells him off, and then continues to walk with her mom. That is, until she gets about 20 feet away, and turns around to run back to Ron.

Character Error
When Frank Vitchard is reporting the birth of the panda at the end of the movie, his microphone has the call letters of Wes Mantooth's station (Channel 9), not Channel 2 news he said he was in at the street fight.

Character Error
In the subtitled conversation between Baxter the dog and the Kodiak bear, the spelling of the bear's name changes between subtitles.

At the end, the newsman in the bear pit loses both arms to the bear but you can see where he has his real arms tucked in the buttoned jacket, folded across his chest.
Adam McKay has said that in the first draft of the script, the story was about a planeload of news anchors who crash in the mountains and discover that the plane which they collided was carrying monkeys and martial arts equipment, leading to a battle between cannibalistic newsmen and star-throwing monkeys.

The zoo scenes take place at the old Los Angeles Zoo that closed in 1965. The remaining buildings are a tourist attraction in Griffith Park.

WILHELM SCREAM: in the fight sequence between the news groups, when Champ throws another man incredibly far into a car window.

Ron Livingston auditioned for the role of Brian Fantana, which ended up going to Paul Rudd

When the in-studio monitor shows the rolling credits during Ron and Veronica's banter, two of the credited writers listed are "Jon Hamm" and "Adam Scott", both of whom are close friends of "Paul Rudd".

Judd Apatow: In the scene in which Brian Fantana hits on Veronica in the news office while wearing Panther cologne, Apatow says that the cologne smells like: "A turd covered in burnt hair".

Jerry Minor: The bass player at the Spanish restaurant where Ron plays the flute is Will Ferrell's Saturday Night Live (1975) costar.

One of Brian Fantana's colognes is called Lime Prop.

When Ron and Veronica are in the midst of coitus, Veronica speaks in Spanish and Ron's dog Baxter is heard barking as to respond to her.

A good portion of scenes from the trailers are completely omitted from the film's final cut. These scenes include Burgundy taking a bullet for Veronica and a later shot of him and her emerging from a TV van to a cheering crowd with Burgundy visibly showing a bandaged wound. The line where Ron asks Garth about his divorce while at a party is also missing. Other shots cut include Ron walking into a filing cabinet and falling over, alternate dialog when Ron asks Veronica what her dream is, Veronica and Ron tackling each other on the conference room table, collapsing (with Ron shouting "Let's make a baby!"), Ron admiring his own billboard, Ed Harken asking what a "lead" is, sitting by a poolside, standing by the side of the road with a long beard and guitar on his back trying to hitchhike, and others.

In the night club, Ron plays jazz flute in the style of Ian Anderson, lead singer and flautist of Jethro Tull. Ron blurts out "Hey Aqualung!" at the end of the song, a lyric from the Jethro Tull song "Aqualung", the title track of their 1971 album. In addition, the riff that he plays on the flute just before he does so is the main riff of the same song. Indeed, the scene is rife with Tull references, as the pose Ron strikes at the end of the song is also a clear imitation of the band's logo of a flautist turned sideways with one leg up.

The Mexican restaurant Veronica visits with the girls from the station is named "Escupimos en su Alimento". In Spanish, that means, "We spit in your food".

Adam McKay has said that in the first draft of the script, the story was about a planeload of news anchors who crash in the mountains and discover that the plane which they collided was carrying monkeys and martial arts equipment, leading to a battle between cannibalistic newsmen and star-throwing monkeys.

Was inspired by a biography show that Will Ferrell watched about Jessica Savitch, and how one of her male coworkers confessed to being a total chauvinist back in the day.

Many of the actors as well as Will Ferrell are well versed in the art of improvisation and would sometimes do up to 20 different versions of reaction lines trying out the first thing that popped into their heads.

Paul Thomas Anderson was originally a producer on the project.

Maggie Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Veronica.

This film had been pitched to DreamWorks nearly 20 times before, following the successes of Old School (2003) and Elf (2003). DreamWorks had little faith in the film, doubting Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were able to pull off an entire film based on news anchors. Despite the doubts the film would bomb, it grossed $84 million domestically and the director had so much extra footage they were able to make a second film out of it.

Amy Poehler was completely cut out of the movie.

Director Adam McKay was supposed to have a small cameo as a network producer named Aaron Zimmerman who acted much like Robert Evans but the idea was cut midway through production. The idea was reprised however in the feature introduction commentary to Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004).

The car Ron owns is a 1970 Pontiac, quite possibly a low line Catalina two door hardtop.

There are 23 people in the street fight.

First part of Adam McKay's and Will Ferrell's "Mediocre American Man Trilogy". The second part is Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). On all parts McKay works as the director, Ferrell is the main actor and they both work as writers on the projects.

Before the news team brawl there is a graffiti tag on the wall visible (as Vince Vaughn's (Wes Mantooth) news team ride their bikes into the alley) that reads "Channel 9" - the name of Mantooth's news team.

Champ's line "I will take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again" is a reference to the comic book series "Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future", where Dare's nemesis, the Mekon, makes an identical threat against Dorothy Dare, Dan's mother.

According to Mr. Burgundy himself, Ron's full name is Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy.

Ron Burgundy's license plate is "IM #1."

Though the exact year in which the film is set is not stated, the fact that the characters know the song "Afternoon Delight" places it in or after mid-1976.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (English)