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.
Comedy , Special Interest , Romance
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John C. Reilly
as Alan Crane
Bill Murray
as Mantilla's Cornerman
Barbra Streisand
as Hillary Kramer
Ryan O'Neal
as Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon
Earl Boen
as Kline
Badja Djola
as Heavyweight in Gym
Rory Calhoun
as Fighter in Kid's Camp
Ernie Hudson
as Killer
Tim Rossovich
as Cannibal
Richard Lawson
as Hector Mantilla
Jack Somack
as Murry
Art Evans
as Fighter
Paul Sand
as David
Len Lesser
as Trainer at Big Bear
Sue Casey
as Brenda
Shay Duffin
as Fight Announcer
Roger Bowen
as Sinthia Cosmetics Owner
Alvin Childress
as Man in Gym
Lindsay Bloom
as Girl in bed
Harvey Parry
as Referee in Long Beach
John Reilly
as Alan Crane
Brent Musberger
as TV Show Host
Seth Banks
as Newsman
Richard Altman
as Tour Guide
Vic Heutschy
as Newsman
Dave Ketchum
as Photographer
Jimmy Lennon Sr.
as Announcer
Eddie Lopez
as Boxer at Kid's Camp
Denver Mattson
as Referee
Ron Henriques
as Fighter
Maurice Sneed
as Fighter
Joe Amsler
as Stunt Double Kid
Al Denava
as Gomez
Lee C. Harman
as Newsman
Richard S. Steele
as Boxer in Kid's Camp
Bill P. Murry
as Mantilla's Cornerman
Karen Wookey
as Newswoman
Rene Dijon
as Moss
Anthony Renya
as Fighter
Gilda Marx
as Exercise Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The Main Event

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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

entertaining misfire

August 25, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Totally formulaic but darned if it isn't agreeably fetching.

May 5, 2005

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February 6, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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December 18, 2004

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
Aj V

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
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

Even though it reunites the starts, it doesn't even compare to "What's Up Doc".

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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