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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first day of filming took place at LA's famed Main Street Gym where such boxers as Joe Louis once trained. 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

Percy: Man, you is the dumbest white guy I know.
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Soundtracks

The Main Event
Written by Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts
Performed by Barbra Streisand
Produced by Bob Esty
Arranged and Conducted by Bob Esty (uncredited)
[Played in combination with "Fight" during the end credits]
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It's a Knockout!!
14 January 2002 | by bifboy69See all my reviews

For everyone who saw "What's Up, Doc?", starring both Miss Streisand and Mister O'Neal, this film is a real dandy. I love the way Babs just keeps talking and is SO high strung throughout the movie (but then again, when isn't she?) The chemistry between the two leads is very real and believable. This film does not set out to give you a huge statement, it is simply meant to make you laugh, have fun and love Babs, and that it certainly will. The end song "The Main Event/Fight" sung by Miss Streisand is a showstopper.


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