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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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David
Whitman Mayo ...
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
Badja Djola ...
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

Hillary Kramer: We're gonna get better fights with nicer people.
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Connections

Referenced in Queer as Folk: One Ring to Rule Them All (2003) 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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Screwball romantic comedy, irritating if you're not a Streisand fan but probably quite enjoyable if you are.
9 January 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The Main Event tries to capture some of the flavour of those old '30s comedies in which the main characters were fast-talking, argumentative types who ultimately fell in love with other against all expectations. Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal are re-teamed seven years on from their much-admired What's Up Doc? but this film isn't really from the same league. It is, however, moderately enjoyable and sharply written.

Streisand plays Hilary Kramer, a successful business-woman who runs a perfume corporation. She discovers that her accountant has fled to South America with all her money and all her assets, leaving her ruined. However, the one contract that the accountant forgot to take with him is that of a boxer, Eddie "Kid Natural" Scanlon (Ryan O'Neal). Hilary threatens Kid Natural with breach of contract if he won't fight for her (even though he's barely been in the ring for goodness knows how many years). Eventually, Kid Natural agrees to box again but he turns out to be pretty useless. Undeterred, Hilary fixes up a lucrative fight with one of his old adversaries, but complications arise when she realises that she has actually fallen for him.

Fans of Streisand will undoubtedly enjoy the film. For others, it's a bit irritating. She gets into the role with heart and soul, but her constant fast-talk, put downs and wise one-liners becomes very wearing if you're not an admirer. O'Neal is frustratingly laid-hack and seems to be playing his role with the minimum of effort, but he somehow just about gets across a likable enough performance. The situations and incidents that comprise the plot are nicely thought-out. The only moment which feels wrong is the ending, wherein Streisand does something really crazy to prove her love for O'Neal but what she does would, in actual fact, probably annoy the hell out of him, yet he takes it really well and it all seems somewhat unbelievable. Still, The Main Event is undemanding entertainment and you could do a lot worse.


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