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The Main Event (1979)

A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of.

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Percy
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Donna
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Luis
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Hector Mantilla
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Gough
Richard Altman ...
Tour Guide
Seth Banks ...
Newsman
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Girl In Bed
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Nose - Kline
Roger Bowen ...
Owner Sinthia Cosmetics
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Heavyweight In Gym (as Badja Medu Djola)
Rory Calhoun ...
Fighter In Kid's Camp
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Storyline

Hillary Kramer, successful Perfume magnate awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and left for South America. Going through all of her remaining assets she finds a boxer, purchased as a tax write off. She decides to take Kid Natural, (Eddie Scanlon) who is much more at home giving driving lessons, into the ring and use him as her key to riches. Eddie thinks this will only get him killed and resists. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Pelea de fondo  »

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$26,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan O'Neal trained extensively for the role of a boxer in this film. O'Neal once said: "I had to box one hundred and fifty rounds just to prepare for this movie". See more »

Goofs

When Hillary and Kid are fighting in the ring at the end of the film, Kid calls Hillary, "Judy". Judy was Barbra Streisand's character's name in the last film that she and Ryan O'Neal did together, What's Up, Doc?. See more »

Quotes

Percy: Man, you is the dumbest white guy I know.
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Connections

Referenced in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Angry Eyes
Kenny Loggins (as Loggins) & Jim Messina (as Messina)
Written by Kenny Loggins (uncredited) and Jim Messina (uncredited)
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Cute Enough For A Split Decision
21 April 2010 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this film suffers by comparison to "What's Up, Doc" which also starred Streisand and O'Neal. While it doesn't match the cleverness or zaniness of that film, it does move fast with enough clever lines and plot twists to keep us entertained. After "What's Up, Doc" and "The Owl and the Pussycat," this is the funniest straight comedy with Streisand.

Streisand says on the DVD commentary that she hates boxing and the movie is really a metaphor for a woman trying to make it in a man's world. That seems about right. Actually Ryan O'Neil was a boxing fan, so there is some authenticity to the boxing, at least as much as the "Rocky" movies.

William Mayo and Patti D'arbanville give nice support.

Everybody seems to be having fun making the movie. Just sit back and enjoy.

Incidentally, according to Barbara, it was the soundman who came up with the ending. It is quite a ridiculous ending, but it actually is a perfect ending.


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