The Main Event

78
  • PG
  • Genre(s): Romance Comedy
  • Release year: 1979
  • Running time: 112 min
Can a penniless perfume magnate (Barbra Streisand) find happiness managing the career of a has-been prizefighter (Ryan O'Neal)? This screwball comedy answers that question—pow! right to the kisser! The two stars reignite their What's Up, Doc? chemistry... read more
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Can a penniless perfume magnate (Barbra Streisand) find happiness managing the career of a has-been prizefighter (Ryan O'Neal)? This screwball comedy answers that question—pow! right to the kisser! The two stars reignite their What's Up, Doc? chemistry seven years later, trading the script's verbal punches with the panache of the great '30s and '40s romantic duos. Director Howard Zieff (Private Benjamin, My Girl) sets them sparring all over Los Angeles, including two boxing landmarks, the Main Street Gym and the Olympic Auditorium. But it's not boxing but the mating of love and laughter that's the main event of The Main Event. And it's nice to feel the knockout punch of movie magic again.

Original Release

06/22/1979

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Cast

Barbra Streisand Hillary Kramer
Ryan O'Neal Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon
Paul Sand David
Patti D'Arbanville Donna
Richard Lawson Hector Mantilla
James Gregory Gough
Whitman Mayo Percy
Chu Chu Malave Luis
Earl Boen Nose - Kline
Kristine DeBell Lucy (as Kristine De Bell)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Howard Zieff

Writers

Gail Parent, Andrew Smith

Cast

Barbra Streisand Hillary Kramer
Ryan O'Neal Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon
Paul Sand David
Patti D'Arbanville Donna
Richard Lawson Hector Mantilla
James Gregory Gough
Whitman Mayo Percy
Chu Chu Malave Luis
Earl Boen Nose - Kline
Kristine DeBell Lucy (as Kristine De Bell)
Murphy Dunne Mario
Art Evans Fighter
Ernie Hudson Killer
Len Lesser Trainer At Big Bear
Eddie 'El Annimal' Lopez Boxer At Kid's Camp (as Eddie 'Animal' Lopez)
Brent Musburger T. V. Show Host
Richard Altman Tour Guide
Seth Banks Newsman
Lindsay Bloom Girl In Bed
Roger Bowen Owner Sinthia Cosmetics

Producers

Renée Missel Executive Producer
Howard Rosenman Executive Producer
Jon Peters Producer
Barbra Streisand Producer
Jeff Werner Producer

Editors

Edward Warschilka

1980 Golden Globe Best Original Song - Motion Picture Nominated
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