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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
A Glove Story
Hillary Kramer, successful Perfume magnate awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and left for South America... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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A fairly so-so boxing comedy See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbra Streisand ... Hillary Kramer

Ryan O'Neal ... Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon

Paul Sand ... David
Whitman Mayo ... Percy

Patti D'Arbanville ... Donna
Chu Chu Malave ... Luis

Richard Lawson ... Hector Mantilla

James Gregory ... Gough
Richard Altman ... Tour Guide
Seth Banks ... Newsman
Lindsay Bloom ... Girl In Bed

Earl Boen ... Nose - Kline
Roger Bowen ... Owner Sinthia Cosmetics
Badja Djola ... Heavyweight In Gym (as Badja Medu Djola)
Rory Calhoun ... Fighter In Kid's Camp
Sue Casey ... Brenda
Alvin Childress ... Man In Gym

Kristine DeBell ... Lucy (as Kristine De Bell)
Al Denava ... Gomez
Rene Dijon ... Nose - Moss

Shay Duffin ... Fight Announcer

Murphy Dunne ... Mario

Art Evans ... Fighter
Ron Henriquez ... Fighter (as Ron Henriques)
Anthony Renya ... Fighter
Maurice Sneed ... Fighter
Lee Harman ... Newsman
Vic Heutschy ... Newsman

Ernie Hudson ... Killer
David Ketchum ... Photographer (as Dave Ketchum)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Announcer (as Jimmy Lennon)

Len Lesser ... Trainer At Big Bear
Eddie 'El Annimal' Lopez ... Boxer At Kid's Camp (as Eddie 'Animal' Lopez)
Gilda Marx ... Exercise Teacher

Denver Mattson ... Referee
Bill Phillips Murry ... Mantilla's Cornerman (as Bill Murry)

Brent Musburger ... T. V. Show Host
Robert Nadder ... Nose - Bean
Harvey Parry ... Referee In Long Beach

John Reilly ... Alan Crane
Tim Rossovich ... Cannibal
Jack Somack ... Murry
Richard Steele ... Boxer In Kid's Camp
Karen Hale Wookey ... Newswoman (as Karen Wookey)
Darrell Zwerling ... Sheldon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luther Fear ... Animated Fight Fan (uncredited)
Jack Griffin ... Boxing Coach (uncredited)
Roslyn Kind ... Aerobics Class Dancer (uncredited)

Rick Sawaya ... Fight Cop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Howard Zieff 
Writing credits
Gail Parent (written by) &
Andrew Smith (written by)

Produced by
Renée Missel .... executive producer (as Renee Missel)
Jon Peters .... producer
Howard Rosenman .... executive producer
Barbra Streisand .... producer
Jeff Werner .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Melvoin (music score)
Cinematography by
Mario Tosi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Warschilka 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Lee Harman .... makeup artist (as Lee Harmon)
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Production Management
Hal Schaffel .... unit production manager
Tom Shaw .... unit production manager
Bill Venegas .... unit production manager (as William Venegas)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... first assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Ed Milkovich .... second assistant director
Venita Ozols .... assistant director trainee
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Lamont Johnson .... lead man
Johnny Lattanzio .... paint foreman (as John Lattanzio)
Michael Ross .... property master
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles L. Campbell .... sound effects editor
Louis L. Edemann .... sound effects editor
Robert Glass .... dubbing mixer
Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixer
Don MacDougall .... dubbing mixer (as Don Macdougall)
David Pettijohn .... sound effects editor (as David A. Pettijohn)
Bruce Richardson .... sound effects editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joe Amsler .... stunt double: Kid
Denver Mattson .... stunt coordinator
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Peter J. Breen .... dolly grip (as Peter Breen)
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Joe Cosko)
Cary Griffith .... key grip (as Cary Griffin)
Jake Jarrell .... gaffer
Joel King .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumer: men
Grace Davidson .... costumer: women
Bunny Pine .... costumer: woman
Guillermo Pérez .... costumer: men (as Guillermo Perez)
Shirlee Strahm .... costumer: Ms. Streisand
Editorial Department
Elyane Bretherton .... assistant film editor
Freeman A. Davies .... editor: fight sequences (as Freeman Davies)
Rudy Freeman .... assistant film editor
Edward A. Warschilka .... assistant film editor (as Edward A. Warschilka Jr.)
Music Department
Gary Le Mel .... music supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
Barbra Streisand .... music producer
Transportation Department
Alan Falco .... transportation coordinator (as Allan Falco)
Other crew
Judy Bernardoni .... assistant accountant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Gene Levy .... production accountant
Hedgemon Lewis .... technical consultant
Hillary Anne Ripps .... assistant: Jon Peters (as Hillary Ripps)
Anne Shaw .... production coordinator (as Anne M. Shaw)
José Torres .... technical consultant (as Jose Torres)
Joe Amsler .... stand-in: Ryan O'Neal (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | UK:12 | USA:PG (NO. 25680)

Did You Know?

The film's script wasn't finished when principal photography started.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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? (1972).See more »
Hillary Kramer:You have to tell me exactly what I do after the Kid wins. Do I just jump into the ring? Or do I apologize to the loser? Or maybe I just wave to the fans?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Harlots (1979)See more »
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A fairly so-so boxing comedy, 22 November 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The Main Event is a good example of a film that was a very successful blockbuster on initial release making loads of money but that nowadays has almost been completely forgotten. I can only surmise that this is because (a) it's a film very much of its time and (b) despite being popular it probably wasn't actually that good. It's about a successful perfume executive who is left penniless when her business partner disappears with all her money. All she has left is a contract with a has-been boxer who has been living in a giant boxing glove house, living off her cash hand-outs. She makes him get back in the ring to try to earn her back some money but, as is the way, romance follows…

After Rocky went supernova at the box office in 1976, boxing films were in fashion in the later part of the decade. I guess that partially explains the plot of this one. It may also explain somewhat why the storyline is pretty lame, as the whole boxing plot-line feels strangely negligible like they have basically shoe-horned it in because it was popular at the time. This means that for a sports movie it really is very hard getting involved in the action. It's very difficult to really care about who wins, etc. The main event, as it were, really is the re-uniting of Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal for the first time since What's Up Doc? It has to be said though that this pales pretty significantly in comparison to that film. While it does adopt a similar silly tone, it doesn't have as good a plot, characters or script; while director Howard Zieff is no Peter Bogdanovich. And it may be superficial to say but the fashions and hairstyles of 1979 were fairly atrocious compared to 1972 – compare how Streisand looks in both films if you need proof. Those big perms sure were popular in the disco age for some reason that's for sure! Anyway, the film itself is entertaining enough, despite being pretty underwhelming. Streisand and O'Neal are always good to watch and they try to make the most of what they've got, even if it isn't really a lot. It all winds up with an ending that is quite poorly thought out, although the film has been so silly beforehand that it doesn't really damage it as much as it should.

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