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 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 ... 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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A Glove Story

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Diana Ross was the original intended star. According to a Barbra Streisand biography, Ross left the project after her brief affair with Ryan O'Neal turned sour. 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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Percy: Man, you is the dumbest white guy I know.
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Referenced in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) See more »

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The Body Shop
Georg Michalski (as Michalski) & Oosterveen
Written by Georg Michalski (uncredited) and Niki Oosterveen (uncredited)
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funny
21 November 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

it is not impressive, interesting or remarkable. it is just a nice comedy who has in lead characters good actors far to give the role of their life. it is funny , with few crazy amusing scenes, almost fake but a not wrong choice for entertainment. so, not great expectations. in same measure, it has, in little measure, the flavor of old situation comedies and this fact saves the construction. a film like a childish game, it is inspired occasion to reflect to serious roles of Streisand and O Neal and to laugh at absurd parts. is it enough ? maybe not. but if you are disappointed, it is only your guilty. because The Main Event can be only funny. not serious, not important, only a childish game.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Main Event See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$42,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,800,000
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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