Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


1h 31m 2004
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Brief Synopsis

San Diego's top television news anchor faces unexpected competition from a woman.

Film Details

Also Known As
Action News, Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman, El reportero: La leyenda de Ron Burgundy, Présentateur vedette: La légende de Ron Burgundy, Ron Burgundy: Action Newsman, reportero: La leyenda de Ron Burgundy
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Period
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Jessica Bender
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

Ron Burgundy is the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the 1970s. When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone, Ron is willing to play along at first--as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons--it's war.

Crew

Thomas Ackerman

Director Of Photography

Steven Adams

Costumer

Jeremy Alter

Location Manager

Ian Anderson

Song

Jennie Anderson

Song

Larry Anderson

Driver

Loren Anderson

Driver

Richard L Anderson

Sound Effects Editor

Judd Apatow

Producer

Rebecca Asher

Script Supervisor

Alisha Attella

Accountant

Brian Edward Avery

Stunts

Joni Avery

Stunts

Mikey Avery

Stunts

Rick Avery

Unit Director

Rick Avery

Stunt Coordinator

Ronnie R Baker

On-Set Dresser

William Ballard

Driver

John M Batiuk

Driver

Jennifer Baum

Dresser

Heidi Baumgarten

Art Department

Bob Beemer

Supervising Sound Editor

Jessica Bender

Cable Operator

Juel Bestrop

Casting

Johnny Beyers

Chief Lighting Technician

Jeff Bilger

Assistant Director

Alexander Bogdanov

Production Assistant

Steve Borgese

Greensman

Christian Boudman

Digital Effects Artist

Eddie Braun

Stunts

Melissa Bretherton

Assistant Editor

Mark Brooks

Animal Trainer

Michael W. Broomer

Driver

Mark Brown

Driver

Joe Bucaro

Stunts

Katisse Buckingham

Soloist

Jeanne Bueche

Art Department Coordinator

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Billy Burton

Stunts

Tom Calderaro

Original Music

Ian Calip

Production Assistant

Dan Canamar

Production Assistant

Henry Cantor

Electrician

Blythe Cappello

Casting

Laurence Castello

Painter

Gene Chandler

Song Performer

Michael Chock

Sound Effects Editor

Larry Clause

Foreman

Winifred Clements

Costumer

Delbert Clough

Driver

Brett Cody

Video

Richard Cody

Craft Service

Mark Coffey

Assistant Sound Editor

Andrew Jay Cohen

Assistant

Alan Colbert

Electrician

Kevin Cordill

Driver

Eddie Cornelius

Song

Kevin M Cortez

Driver

Brian Crane

Rigging Gaffer

Amanda Crockett

Production Assistant

Randy Culberhouse

Props

James D'amico

Transportation Captain

Michael D'imperio

Props

William Danoff

Song

Debbi Datz-pyle

Music Contractor

Gregg Davidson

Art Director

Herman Randall Davis

Song

Kelly Day

Animator

Mathilde Decagny

Animal Trainer

Denise Della Valle

Makeup Artist

Patsy Deshields

Production Accountant

Maria Devane

Post-Production Accountant

Neil Diamond

Song Performer

Neil Diamond

Song

Steve Dierkens

Music Editor

Labatida Carlo Donida

Song

Roxanne Dorman

Visual Effects Editor

Casey Dugan

Driver

Sean M Dugan

Driver

Steve Durkee

Score Recording

Steve Durkee

Music Scoring Mixer

Jonathan Edwards

Song Performer

Jonathan Edwards

Song

Julie Eidsvoog

Music Coordinator

John Elliott

Construction Coordinator

Robert Brian Elliott

Props

Marc Ellis

Song

Marc Ellis

Song Performer

Harry James Elston

Song

Gerald Emerick

Stand-In

Anthony Erlandsen

Grip

Michael Everett

Chief Lighting Technician

Susana Ines Fattorini

Accounting Assistant

Leslee Feldman

Casting

Patrick Ferrell

Assistant

Will Ferrell

Screenplay

Jack Fishman

Song

Patrick Flanagan

Digital Effects Artist

Donald Flick

Sound Effects Editor

Diana Flores

Adr Mixer

Glenn Forbes

Props

Jack Ford

Sound Engineer

Gregg France

Stand-In

Linda Gacsko

Assistant Camera

Steve Gage

Key Grip

Richard D Galbraith

Grip

Antonio Garrido

Dolly Grip

Harry Garvin

Camera Operator

Harry Garvin

Steadicam Operator

David Gates

Song

Jack Gill

Stunts

Carmine Goglia

Painter

Jeff Gomillion

Adr Mixer

Rene Gonzalez

Projectionist

Sean Graham

Stunts

Mark Graziano

Post-Production Supervisor

Brian Greene

Stand-In

Kimberly Greene

Makeup

Basil Bryant Grillo

Assistant Director

Gregg Guellow

Best Boy Grip

Gary Guercio

Stunts

Claudia Guerrero-zalokar

Assistant Editor

Nate Haggard

Digital Effects Artist

Geoffrey Haley

Video Playback

Daryl Hall

Song

Clifford Happy

Stunts

Deborah Harman

On-Set Dresser

Rob Harper

Transportation Captain

Clayton R. Hartley

Production Designer

Dave Harvey

Best Boy Grip

Robert Hatfield

Projectionist

James D Hattin

2-D Artist

Marie Healy

Assistant Location Manager

Nick Hermz

Stunts

Steven Hiller

Camera Operator

Alex Hillkurtz

Illustrator

Stanley Holmes

Driver

Todd Homme

Music Supervisor

Richard R Hoover

Visual Effects Supervisor

Walter Horn

Driver

Ellen J Hornstein

Assistant

Andrew Horton

Electrician

Philemon Hou

Song

David Householter

Unit Production Manager

David Householter

Coproducer

Lisa Hoyle

Stunts

David Hugghins

Stunts

Michael Hugghins

Stunts

Henry Humphreys

Medic

Kevin Hyde

Boom Operator

Jennifer Iizuka

Assistant

Elizabeth Ingram

Production Secretary

David Irvine

Production Assistant

Ryan Isbell

Sound

Ernest Isley

Song

Marvin Isley

Song

O'kelley Isley

Song

Ronald Isley

Song

Rudolph Isley

Song

Chris Jasper

Song

Laurie Johnson

Song

Benson Jones

Driver

Brett Jones

Stunts

Thomas Jones

Dialogue Editor

Tom Jones

Song Performer

Will Jorgenson

Assistant Location Manager

Gregg Kawecki

Production Assistant

Shawn Kerkhoff

Assistant Sound Editor

Raji Kodja

Digital Effects Artist

Frank Konte

Song

Richard Kratt

Digital Effects Artist

Tommy Krigbaum

Driver

Thomas G Krueger

Medic

Ruth Labarge

Animal Wrangler

David R Lawson

Medic

Michael Lecke

Accounting Assistant

Russell Lewis

Song

Jun C Lin

Assistant Location Manager

Kerry Livgren

Song

P K Maccarthy

Storyboard Artist

Larry Madrid

Animal Trainer

Scott Maginnis

Property Master

Kevin Maier

Stand-In

Mark Mangini

Sound Design

Mark Mangini

Sound Supervisor

Darrin Mann

Foley Mixer

Marlene Marks

Accountant

Kirsten Maryott

Stand-In

Frank Masi

Photography

Joseph T Mastrolia

Costume Supervisor

Katrina Mastrolia

Costume Supervisor

Thomas E Mastrolia

Costumer

Rob Mccabe

Stand-In

Jeanne Mccarthy

Casting

Amie Frances Mccarthy-winn

Assistant Property Master

John R. Mcconnell

Digital Effects Artist

Buck Mcdancer

Stunts

Debra Mcguire

Costume Designer

Raymond Mcintyre Jr.

Visual Effects Supervisor

Adam Mckay

Screenplay

Film Details

Also Known As
Action News, Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman, El reportero: La leyenda de Ron Burgundy, Présentateur vedette: La légende de Ron Burgundy, Ron Burgundy: Action Newsman, reportero: La leyenda de Ron Burgundy
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Period
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Jessica Bender
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Articles

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy


Will Ferrell and Adam McKay began their long personal and professional partnership in 1995, when they both joined Saturday Night Live. Both came from improvisational comedy backgrounds--Ferrell was a member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and McKay co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade and was a member of Chicago's famous Second City--and became essential members of the SNL team, Ferrell as a writer-performer and McKay as a writer. Ferrell went on to become one of the most popular cast members during his seven-year tenure and McKay graduated to head writer and directed a number of short films for the late night comedy show before leaving in 2001.

As Ferrell found success on the big screen with a scene-stealing turn in Old School (2003) and the starring role in Elf (2003), he and McKay reunited to create their own feature comedy: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, starring Ferrell as Ron Burgandy, the top newscaster in San Diego and a veritable god of a local celebrity. It's set in the mid-1970s, the glory days of local TV anchormen and an era of loud suits, carefully coiffed hairdos, manly mustaches and sideburns, and unchecked chauvinism. Christina Applegate challenges the old boys club as TV reporter Veronica Corningstone, who battles sexism and Ron's outsized ego when she becomes the first female newscaster in the city as his co-anchor. Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell (as a meteorologist with the intellectual depth of a dust bunny) fill out the news team, and friends and colleagues from the comedy world fill in around the edges, including Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Kathryn Hahn, Fred Armisen, Seth Rogen and Paul F. Tomkins. Danny Trejo has a memorable bit as a bartender who lays on the inspirational guidance and Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Luke Wilson take uncredited roles as rivals in a news team rumble that channels West Side Story and Spartacus.

The script went through numerous drafts and incarnations before going before the cameras. One early version supposedly involves a plane crash in the mountains and a war pitting a TV news team against martial arts-trained monkeys, and McKay claimed another included a musical version with sharks. What can be confirmed is that the first cut sent the TV journalists after a gang of bank-robbing revolutionaries who called themselves The Alarm Clark. Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler appeared in these scenes, which were cut after disappointing audience previews. Ferrell and McKay concocted a new third act involving the rush to cover a panda giving birth at the San Diego Zoo and shot new scenes for the release version. Though set in San Diego, the film is almost entirely shot in Los Angeles, with the old, long-closed Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park locations standing in for San Diego's world famous zoo.

Given the improv backgrounds of McKay and Ferrell, it is no surprise that the production involved a great amount of improvisation from the actors, with as many as twenty takes of performers trying out alternate lines. It's the preferred working method for both Ferrell and McKay, and they've made it standard practice on all their collaborations. Some of the cut footage appeared in the film's trailers and many of the alternate takes were featured in the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases, but there was so much alternate footage that they created an entirely new film, the shaggy direct-to-video feature Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, entirely from deleted scenes and outtakes.

Anchorman was a hit and McKay went on to direct Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010) and the sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, set in the early days of 24-hour cable news, and they created the comedy website Funny or Die, which they launched with the viral hit short The Landlady starring Ferrell opposite McKay's two-year-old daughter Pearl. It all began with Anchorman and the oblivious Ron Burgundy. "He is my favorite character I've played, if I have to choose one," Ferrell wrote in 2010. "Looking back, that makes it the most satisfying thing I've ever done."

Sources:
"The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years," Will Ferrell. Entertainment Weekly, June 4-11, 2010.
The Director's Cut: Episode 7 - The Big Short With Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson. SoundCloud, January 16, 2016.
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. Warner, 2004.
IMDb

By Sean Axmaker
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgandy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay began their long personal and professional partnership in 1995, when they both joined Saturday Night Live. Both came from improvisational comedy backgrounds--Ferrell was a member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and McKay co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade and was a member of Chicago's famous Second City--and became essential members of the SNL team, Ferrell as a writer-performer and McKay as a writer. Ferrell went on to become one of the most popular cast members during his seven-year tenure and McKay graduated to head writer and directed a number of short films for the late night comedy show before leaving in 2001. As Ferrell found success on the big screen with a scene-stealing turn in Old School (2003) and the starring role in Elf (2003), he and McKay reunited to create their own feature comedy: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, starring Ferrell as Ron Burgandy, the top newscaster in San Diego and a veritable god of a local celebrity. It's set in the mid-1970s, the glory days of local TV anchormen and an era of loud suits, carefully coiffed hairdos, manly mustaches and sideburns, and unchecked chauvinism. Christina Applegate challenges the old boys club as TV reporter Veronica Corningstone, who battles sexism and Ron's outsized ego when she becomes the first female newscaster in the city as his co-anchor. Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell (as a meteorologist with the intellectual depth of a dust bunny) fill out the news team, and friends and colleagues from the comedy world fill in around the edges, including Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Kathryn Hahn, Fred Armisen, Seth Rogen and Paul F. Tomkins. Danny Trejo has a memorable bit as a bartender who lays on the inspirational guidance and Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Luke Wilson take uncredited roles as rivals in a news team rumble that channels West Side Story and Spartacus. The script went through numerous drafts and incarnations before going before the cameras. One early version supposedly involves a plane crash in the mountains and a war pitting a TV news team against martial arts-trained monkeys, and McKay claimed another included a musical version with sharks. What can be confirmed is that the first cut sent the TV journalists after a gang of bank-robbing revolutionaries who called themselves The Alarm Clark. Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler appeared in these scenes, which were cut after disappointing audience previews. Ferrell and McKay concocted a new third act involving the rush to cover a panda giving birth at the San Diego Zoo and shot new scenes for the release version. Though set in San Diego, the film is almost entirely shot in Los Angeles, with the old, long-closed Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park locations standing in for San Diego's world famous zoo. Given the improv backgrounds of McKay and Ferrell, it is no surprise that the production involved a great amount of improvisation from the actors, with as many as twenty takes of performers trying out alternate lines. It's the preferred working method for both Ferrell and McKay, and they've made it standard practice on all their collaborations. Some of the cut footage appeared in the film's trailers and many of the alternate takes were featured in the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases, but there was so much alternate footage that they created an entirely new film, the shaggy direct-to-video feature Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, entirely from deleted scenes and outtakes. Anchorman was a hit and McKay went on to direct Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010) and the sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, set in the early days of 24-hour cable news, and they created the comedy website Funny or Die, which they launched with the viral hit short The Landlady starring Ferrell opposite McKay's two-year-old daughter Pearl. It all began with Anchorman and the oblivious Ron Burgundy. "He is my favorite character I've played, if I have to choose one," Ferrell wrote in 2010. "Looking back, that makes it the most satisfying thing I've ever done." Sources: "The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years," Will Ferrell. Entertainment Weekly, June 4-11, 2010. The Director's Cut: Episode 7 - The Big Short With Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson. SoundCloud, January 16, 2016. Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. Warner, 2004. IMDb By Sean Axmaker

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video December 28, 2004

Project was previously in development at New Regency.

Will Ferrell reportedly received $4 million to star.

Feature directorial debut for Adam McKay.

Will Ferrell reportedly received $4 million to star.

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