Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a 2004 American satirical comedy film directed by Adam McKay in his directorial debut, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate and written by McKay and Ferrell. The first installment in the Anchorman series, the film is a tongue-in-cheek take on the culture of the 1970s, particularly the new Action News format.[3] It portrays a San Diego television station where Ferrell's title character clashes with his new female counterpart.

The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam McKay
Written by
Produced byJudd Apatow
CinematographyThomas E. Ackerman
Edited byBrent White
Music byAlex Wurman
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release dates
  • June 28, 2004 (2004-06-28) (Los Angeles)
  • July 9, 2004 (2004-07-09) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$26 million[2]
Box office$90.6 million[2]

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.[4][5][6] 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 Pictures as the distributor.[7][8][9]

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