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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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Hector Mantilla
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Gough
Richard Altman ...
Tour Guide
Seth Banks ...
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Roger Bowen ...
Owner Sinthia Cosmetics
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Heavyweight In Gym (as Badja Medu Djola)
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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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$42,800,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third film of a three picture deal at First Artists for Barbra Streisand. The others were Up the Sandbox (1972) and A Star Is Born (1976). 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

David: So, you're her fighter?
Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon: So, you're her husband?
David: Ex-husband.
Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon: Well with a little luck I'll be her ex-fighter.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Harlots (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Girls Don't Cry
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Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Produced by Bob Gaudio
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It's a Knockout!!
14 January 2002 | by (Fruitport, Michigan) – See all my reviews

For everyone who saw "What's Up, Doc?", starring both Miss Streisand and Mister O'Neal, this film is a real dandy. I love the way Babs just keeps talking and is SO high strung throughout the movie (but then again, when isn't she?) The chemistry between the two leads is very real and believable. This film does not set out to give you a huge statement, it is simply meant to make you laugh, have fun and love Babs, and that it certainly will. The end song "The Main Event/Fight" sung by Miss Streisand is a showstopper.


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