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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, the film's stars Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand once had a personal relationship prior to making 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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Soundtracks

Fight
Written by Paul Jabara and Bob Esty
Performed by Barbra Streisand
Produced by Bob Esty
Arranged and Conducted by Bob Esty (uncredited)
Background Vocals by Billy Alessi (uncredited) & Bobby Alessi (uncredited), Bob Esty (uncredited)
[Played in combination with "The Main Event" during the end credits]
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A Good Time!
3 November 1999 | by MAX80See all my reviews

I echo the previous viewers comments. When released in 1979, THE MAIN EVENT was an immediate summer hit grossing $66 million in the US and $80 million around the world. The film was popular not only because it reunited the stars of the 1972 blockbuster WHAT'S UP, DOC?, but also because of it's light tone and old-fashioned fun.

The story doesn't really matter, all you need to know is that the chemistry between the stars is fun and exciting and the screenplay gives them plenty of room to inhabit the screen. Streisand is as lovable as ever and O'Neal has rarely been more charming.

As I said before: Good fun! 7/10.


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