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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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Howard Zieff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Richard Altman ... Tour Guide
Seth Banks Seth Banks ... Newsman
Lindsay Bloom ... Girl In Bed
Earl Boen ... Nose - Kline
Roger Bowen Roger Bowen ... Owner Sinthia Cosmetics
Badja Djola ... Heavyweight In Gym (as Badja Medu Djola)
Rory Calhoun 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelea de fondo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$42,800,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

First Artists,Barwood Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Barbra Streisand's music on the soundtrack represented the music performer's first recordings into the genre of disco music. 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 »

Quotes

Percy: Man, you is the dumbest white guy I know.
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Angry Eyes
Kenny Loggins (as Loggins) & Jim Messina (as Messina)
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Hard on the ears
28 May 2001 | by moonspinner55See 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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