The Main Event (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Main Event (1979)




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Seven years after What's Up, Doc?, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal teamed again for this similar romantic comedy in which a makeup executive invests in the contract of a boxer. After he retires and she becomes bankrupt, the two team up as prizefighter and sparkplug/manager to recover their earlier fortunes.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew J. Smith, Gail Parent, Andrew Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003


Barbra Streisand
as Hillary Kramer
Ryan O'Neal
as Eddie 'Kid Natural' ...
Paul Sand
as David
Richard Lawson
as Hector Mantilla
Richard Altman
as Tour Guide
Seth Banks
as Newsman
Lindsay Bloom
as Girl in bed
Earl Boen
as Kline
Roger Bowen
as Sinthia Cosmetics Ow...
Badja Djola
as Heavyweight in Gym
Rory Calhoun
as Fighter in Kid's Cam...
Sue Casey
as Brenda
Alvin Childress
as Man in Gym
Al Denava
as Gomez
Shay Duffin
as Fight Announcer
Art Evans
as Fighter
Vic Heutschy
as Newsman
Bill Murray
as Mantilla's Cornerman
Dave Ketchum
as Photographer
Len Lesser
as Trainer at Big Bear
Eddie Lopez
as Boxer at Kid's Camp
Gilda Marx
as Exercise Teacher
Bill P. Murry
as Mantilla's Cornerman
Brent Musberger
as TV Show Host
Harvey Parry
as Referee in Long Beac...
John Reilly
as Alan Crane
Tim Rossovich
as Cannibal
Richard S. Steele
as Boxer in Kid's Camp
Karen Wookey
as Newswoman
Joe Amsler
as Stunt Double Kid
John C. Reilly
as Alan Crane
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Critic Reviews for The Main Event

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Forgettable Streisand-O'Neal comedy romance set in boxing ring.

February 17, 2008

A good mainstream comedy that's better than its reputation.

September 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Main Event


This is like a modern version of Pat and Mike in a way, but slightly funnier. Still it's a predictable romantic comedy. Overall it's pretty good.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Barbra Streisand's really funny and has plenty scenes of her sexy butt. Ryan O'Neal and Barbra are the best couple stars of 1970's since 'What's Up, Doc?'.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I saw this as a kid when it first came out in the theatres. Although having not reviewed it since, I remember it being a half decent flick.

Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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