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The Main Event (1979)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Pelea de fondo  »

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$26,400,000 (USA)
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Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy Award Best Picture winning movie Rocky (1976). The films included Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), _Raging Bull_, The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981) and Every Which Way But Loose (1978). See more »

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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 »

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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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Big Girls Don't Cry
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Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
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Hard on the ears
28 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Exceptionally brassy, brawling comedy set mostly in the boxing ring. Barbra Streisand is a perfume executive with the #1 nose for business ("It's the kind of scent a man can give to a woman, a woman can give to a man, a man can give to a man, a woman can give to a woman, have I left anybody out?"). Unfortunately, she's been embezzled against and has lost all her finances, except the contract to a boxer who no longer boxes (he just spends her money). Streisand and Ryan O'Neal eke out some laughs from the groaning dialogue (a really bad joke regarding Patti D'Arbanville's threat to meddling Streisand is the most offensive). The plot coasts along on the amiable chemistry between the leads, though all they seem to do here is argue. It bottoms out in the final stretch, ending with an extremely weak climax which got boos from the theater audience I saw this with in 1979. Barbra looks pretty sexy though and--braless in T-shirts and showing lots o' leg in her short-shorts--don't think she doesn't want us to notice. *1/2 from ****


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