The Main Event (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

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Barbra Streisand
as Hillary Kramer
Ryan O'Neal
as Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon
Paul Sand
as David
Richard Lawson
as Hector Mantilla
Richard Altman
as Tour Guide
Joe Amsler
as Stunt Double Kid
Seth Banks
as Newsman
Lindsay Bloom
as Girl in bed
Earl Boen
as Kline
Roger Bowen
as Sinthia Cosmetics Owner
Badja Djola
as Heavyweight in Gym
Rory Calhoun
as Fighter in Kid's Camp
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 Beach
John Reilly
as Alan Crane
Tim Rossovich
as Cannibal
Richard S. Steele
as Boxer in Kid's Camp
Karen Wookey
as Newswoman
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Critic Reviews for The Main Event

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

The plot is reminiscent of 1930 s comedies, but Streisand and [producer] Jon Peters have provided a handsome, up-to-date production.

July 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The movie just doesn't have the life, the zaniness, this kind of screwball material demands.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Main Event tells a dumb and boring story about boxing. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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

February 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

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

September 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

entertaining misfire

August 26, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

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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