Release Date: July 9, 2004

Less Will Ferrell, more Christina Applegate.

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15/55 Reagen Sulewski Ridiculously funny set pieces and character creations bordering on genius (particularly Steve Carell) but some of the more bizarre pieces fall flat.
28/92 David Mumpower Will Ferrell’s charm continues to elude me. I must not be drinking the same Kool-Aid as the rest of you.
28/48 Les Winan Should have been better than it was. Steve Carell steals the movie.
59/126 Kim Hollis Very quirky humor in an uproarious take on '70s local news.

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Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, an anchor at a local TV station in 1970s San Diego. His position is threatened by ambitious newscaster Veronica Corningstone, played by Christina Applegate, who joins the station as Burgundy’s fellow anchor. Burgundy at first welcomes Veronica, thinking she’s going to be covering “women’s” stories, such as cat fashion shows and the like. But when her journalistic skills begin to overshadow Burgundy, the senior newsman realizes he has to fight to retain his position, and the war of the anchors begins.

Will Ferrell has demonstrated in recent roles that he can play the poignant as well as the funny. That facility has also lent a certain gravitas to his presence in films that was absent before, one which, ironically, has made the comedy funnier (as well as rendering Ferrell far less annoying on-screen). All of which makes Anchorman a film with a great deal of potential on paper. Add to that a cast that includes Fred Willard and Vince Vaughn (who has been demonstrating his own rather impressive comedy chops of late), cameos by the likes of Ben Stiller, Stephen Root and Jack Black, and DreamWorks has itself a pretty little comedy package for 2004. (Stephanie Star Smith/BOP)

October 30, 2003
Everyone is just feeling the love for Will Ferrell these days (ok, other that maybe a bitterly jealous Joe Piscopo), as his wacky satire of a local newsman has just landed a very promising July 2004 release date. In connection with that release date announcement, the studio has also taken the opportunity to shorten the previous, rather unwieldy name of "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" to the pithier "Anchorman." (Jennifer Turnock/BOP)

Vital statistics for Anchorman
Main Cast Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate
Supporting Cast Steve Carell, Kevin Corrigan, Chuck D, Chris Parnell, Stephen Root, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard
Director Adam McKay
Screenwriter Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Distributor DreamWorks
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 91 minutes
Screen Count 3,091
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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