ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY 2004

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Goofball comedy directed by former Saturday Night Live writer Adam McKay. Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, a top-rated 1970s San Diego anchorman who believes women have a place in the newsroom - so long as they stick to covering fashion shows or late-breaking cooking news, that is.

Starring:
Paul Rudd,Steve Carell
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Adam Mckay
Starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Supporting actors Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 30 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Re-watching this film is a far funnier experience for me, since the first time around, at the beginning of the heyday of this kind of movie, I didn't quite 'get it'. Now, after having adjusted to the quirky nature of the 'Pineapple Express' and 'Zack and Miri Make A Porno' new generation of comedy which is all about bizarre characters pushing the taste boundaries with bizarre and funny behaviour and dialogue, I finally get it, and so viewing 2 was hilarious. Ron Burgundy is a terrific creation into which Ferrell pours his heart and soul, giving a performance of tremendous effort and humour. All of the cast work similarly hard, but Ferrell's scotch loving, dog infatuated chauvinist is a fully rounded walking creation, as sweetly befuddled and charming as he is monstrously egotistical and childish. Great laughs are wrung from the vastly inappropriate behaviour of him and his peers in the male dominated 'playground' of the '70s newsroom.
A sense of unreality pervades the whole film, with Newsreader Gang-on-gang violence a daily event, and Fred Willard's studio head trying to cope with a son who seems to be trying to go postal on half of San-Francisco in an amusing off-screen running joke.
Paul Rudd is very funny and the butt of one fantastic aftershave gag, and Steve Carrell is great as the man-child weatherman who blindly follows everyone else due to an almost brain-dead but sweet lack of IQ.
But this is Ferrell and Christina Applegate's film, and she gives an amazingly sassy performance as a newswoman fighting to be a national station 'anchor', and giving as good as she gets in many astoundingly barbed comedy lines and even a few crazy punch-up scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Morrison on 23 July 2005
Format: DVD
I was ordered to watch this film by a male friend, and I did so under duress because I hadn't seen Will Ferrell in anything apaprt from trailers for Elf, which didn't look like my 'thing' to be honest. How indebted to my friend I am, for this is now in my top 3 favourite films. The humour will either be a direct bullseye hit or will bypass you altogether; I started hooting during the opening credits and didn't really stop. In agreement with another reviewer, it really is a Marmite film!

There are so many lines to take for your own and quote, I couldn't really spoil the fun too much by listing my favourites; but if this film strikes a chord with your sense of humour you will strip it of your favourite lines and use them in your conversations. It is also fun to spot the many cameos, ranging from Jack Black to Ben Stiller- even to Tim Robbins, eternally of Shawshank fame, in a curly wig and turtleneck sweater.

This film is never, ever meant to touch on seriousness- a skirmish between rival news teams escalates into full- scale brutality with many inventive weapons and a high body count; Baxter the dog saves his master by telling a story to a giant she- bear; the two leads have a violent office brawl with thrown typewriters and savage beating; I could go on but why spoil the silliness? I will end by saying that if you are buying this on DVD, the "Afternoon Delight" video on the extras is inspired and had tears running down my face. I love it- maybe you will too!
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Mathews on 17 April 2006
Format: DVD
I'll get this out of the way immediately, this is not a film that will appeal to everyone. It is what could be only described as a 'marmite' film. Some will adore its comic irreverence, and some will quite frankly 'not get it'. To me personally this is my favourite comedy of all time, and quite possibly my favourite film in general. I will attempt to not use any of the classic quotations from this film as it will spoil the brilliance of hearing them for the first time.

The story is set in a sexist news studio in San Diego, America. The lead anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) falls for a woman at a party, and she incredibly, to Ron, rejects his not so subtle advances. The next day that very woman, Veronica Corningstone is appointed as a journalist in their very newsroom. Cue brilliant pick-up attempts, witty one liners, emotional breakdowns and scenes that don't leave the mind for weeks. Brick is the lovable fool, who interrupts with odd - yet hilarious - lines at random parts of the movie, he is the weatherman. The sports commentator Champ Kind, is a more roguish persona, who suffers a mental breakdown after Ron decides to go on a date with Veronica instead of attending their monthly pancake breakfast. Yes it's that irrelevant. Bryan Fantana is the 'man on the scene' and is the typical ladies man. All the acting in this film deserves to be noted, they all convey the different personalities of the charchters superbly and somehow without laughing.

All in all I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone with an irrelevant humour or in need of something up-lifting, which this film oddly fulfils. A cult classic in the form of Zoolander. Do watch out for the battle scene and a cameo from Jack Black. Pure comic brilliance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis Rogers on 18 Dec. 2014
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Wouldn't run. Repeated the first 8 seconds over and over. I asked for a refund, which I got, but only after they said this:
"You can cancel Amazon Instant Video orders from Your Account within fourteen days of purchase, only if you have not streamed or downloaded the video. Otherwise, Amazon Instant Video orders are not returnable after purchase. We provide this information at the time of purchase and in the Amazon Instant Video Terms of Use (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dv/tou).

However, because of the circumstances, I've made an exception and issued a refund"

Damn right you made an exception amazon, you sold me a dud. I wouldn't tolerate it in the real world, why should you get to imply you have done me a favour by refunding my money because I attempted to stream online and your fine print says in magic amazon land the constitutes successful viewing? And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I will not be paying for Amazon prime. Free trial cant end soon enough.

Thank you.
Merry Christmas.
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