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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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Coming Out at 9 July 2004 in theaters

Comedy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The film is a tongue-in-cheek take on the culture of the 1970s, particularly the new Action News format. It portrays a San Diego TV station where Ferrell’s title character clashes with his new female counterpart.

The film made $28.4 million in its opening weekend, and $90.6 million worldwide in its total theatrical run. It was met with generally positive reviews from critics upon release and is now widely regarded as one of the best comedy films of the 2000s. It was ranked at number 100 on Bravo’s 100 funniest movies, number 6 on Time Out’s top 100 comedy films of all time and 113 on Empire’s 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. A companion film assembled from outtakes and abandoned subplots, titled Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, was released straight-to-DVD in late 2004. A sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, was released on December 18, 2013, with Paramount Pictures replacing DreamWorks as the distributor.

Ron Burgundy is the famous anchorman for a local San Diego television station, fictional KVWN channel 4. He works alongside his friends, whom he had known since childhood, on the news team: lead field reporter Brian Fantana, sportscaster Champ Kind, and meteorologist Brick Tamland. Station director Ed Harken informs the team that they have retained their long-held status as the highest-rated news program in San Diego, leading them to throw a wild party, where Burgundy unsuccessfully attempts to pick up a beautiful blonde woman, Veronica Corningstone. Harken later informs the team that they have been forced to hire Corningstone. After a series of unsuccessful attempts by the team to seduce her, she finally relents and agrees to a “professional tour” of the city with Ron, culminating in a sexual relationship. Despite agreeing to keep the relationship discreet, Ron announces it on air.

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Kathryn Hahn

Cast:

Will FerrellRon Burgundy
Christina ApplegateVeronica Corningstone
Paul RuddBrian Fantana
Steve CarellBrick Tamland
David KoechnerChamp Kind
Fred WillardEd Harken
Chris ParnellGarth Holliday
Kathryn HahnHelen
Fred ArmisenTino
Seth RogenEager Cameraman
Paul F. TompkinsMC
Danny TrejoBartender
Scot RobinsonWaiter at Tino’s
Ian RobertsStage Manager
Darcy DonavanHot Blonde
Renee WeldonPetite Brunette
Jerry MinorTino’s Bassist
Holmes OsborneDirector
Charles WalkerSecurity Guard
Shira PivenMother
Lili Rose McKayChild
Thomas E. MastroliaBiker Guy
Jay JohnstonEyewitness News Member
Peter A. HulneMan in Kitchen
Laura KightlingerDonna
Adam McKayCustodian
Joseph T. MastroliaCustodian
Judd ApatowNews Station Employee
Debra McGuireNews Station Employee
Kent ShocknekNetwork Reporter
Monique McIntyreYelling Woman
Bob RummlerBum
Chuck PoynterAnnouncer
Esmerelda McQuillanMiddle Class Mother
Angela GrilloElderly Woman
Lionel AllenWealthy Family Father
Trina D. JohnsonWealthy Family Mother
Mary Alice G. GoodinWealthy Family Child
Fred DreschDoctor
Glen HamblyMiddle Class Dad
Stuart GoldNursing Room Resident
Bill KurtisBill Lawson – Narrator (voice)
Jack BlackMotorcyclist
Luke WilsonFrank Vitchard
Ben StillerArturo Mendes
Frank GorgieFrank the Bartender
Joe FlahertyTexas TV Station Manager
Dave AllenFondue Restaurant Patron
Soraya AndradeNews Station Employee
BarneyBear
Ossie BeckReporter 2
Jimmy BennettTommy
BettyBear
Jaimarie BjorgeBrick’s Kitchen Girl
David BlockBullpen Reporter
Dario DeakReporter Smith
Jason FlowersProtester
Mark HengstCameraman
Ariane Von KampWoman at Pool Party
Daniel A. LopezMan in Kitchen
Richard LucasJeffrey
Jake McKinnonBear
Jackie O’BrienSecretary
Missi PyleZoo Keeper
Tim RobbinsPublic TV News Anchor
Gary SieversPrecision Driver
Jacob David SmithPBS Sound Engineer
Scott St. BlazeNews Cameraman
Jerry StillerMan in Bar
Holly TraisterSecretary
Vince VaughnWes Mantooth
Matthew VlahakisZoologist with Panda in Doug or Glen scene
WhopperBear

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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