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The Main Event

4.2 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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An executive awakens one morning to find that her accountant has stolen all her money and fled the country. The only asset she has left is a boxer she purchased as a tax write-off. The executive then goads the boxer into re-starting his career.

Special Features

  • Scene specific commentary by Barbra Streisand
  • "Getting in Shape for The Main Event," a vintage 1979 making-of TV special
  • Production stills gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand, Patti D'Arbanville, Richard Lawson
  • Directors: Howard Zieff, Andrew J. Kuehn
  • Writers: Gail Parent, Andrew Smith, Margery Doppelt
  • Producers: Barbra Streisand, Andrew J. Kuehn, Howard Rosenman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Main Event" on IMDb

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This film was a major hit upon release in the summer of `79. With a budget seven-million-dollars, the film took in over $40 million at the domestic box office and became one of the top-ten grossers of the year. Unfortunately, it has since been written off by many fans and critics alike as one of Streisand's weakest film efforts. As for myself, I believe THE MAIN EVENT manages to be likable, funny, and entertaining. Even though we've seen the same story a thousand times before, THE MAIN EVENT is very enjoyable while it's playing.

The scenes are all set up very well, the one-liners are funny ("I said celebrate, not fornicate "), and Streisand and O'Neal give off a strong sexual charge between them onscreen. The film also features a very strong supporting cast, with Paul Sand, Whitman Mayo, and Patti D'Arbanville turning in terrific performances. Unfairly mangled by most critics and many viewers (many of whom need to learn how to loosen up), the film is complete fun from start to finish. Ignore all of the naysayers, THE MAIN EVENT stands one of my favorite romantic comedies.

About the DVD: The picture quality is great, and the mono sound is fine as well. It's great to have the original trailer and the 19-minute television special, titled GETTING IN SHAPE FOR THE MAIN EVENT, preserved on disc, although Streisand's brief audio commentary is slightly disappointing.
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I have been a fan of Barbra Streisand it seems like forever. My aunt Dee Knuckles who had the only womans boxing team in San Pedro, CA. was the boxing consultant for Barbra in the Fabulously Funny "The Main Event". I can remember going with my aunt to see Barbra and Ryan at the Auditorium in LA, seems like just yesterday. The major highlight of this film is when Barbra sings "The Main Event" absolutely takes your breath away. This movie is fabulous. Way to go Barbra.
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I didn't like that Ryan O'Neil was so degrading. Especially to such a witty and intelligent female lead that Streisand has nailed. I'm such a fan of these two in "What's Up Doc?", this was pretty disappointing.
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Barbra, as she always does, picks superlative supporting cast and gives them room to move. The fight scenes are convincing for non-fight fans anyway. This is not 'Rocky'- Thank God and Barbra Streisand. O'Neal follows her lead and lets her dominate the boxing theme. She keeps boxing exactly where it belongs in this film. It's a romance- not a boxing movie. Every time boxing starts to creep out of it's corner and become the dominant theme- she punches it back into its corner. The ending is her final triumph over the boxing element of the movie.
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i'm a bit stingy on these 5 in general... but he cracks me up... in a spooky way as their families mutants are like dogs in the mix... it's just one of em after Bogdanovitch's slapstick humor but the nickelodeon is not known at all.... so don't know if that was timely as to someone's election and so forth with that weirdo Truman... who still holds the record for the most covers of tabloids... that nuthole. This one's ok but only after Bogdanovitch... and he said after the disaster of MASK.... his experience with that weirdo.... with platinum hair and dunno if he/she with her other half... he said even dogs turned ... is that a complement or what??? it was weird.
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The Main Event was the first Streisand picture I ever saw. I loved it at the theaters. But since then I've seen many more of her movies on VHS. I have to say it's a good film but not her best. I liked "Yentl" or "Owl & Pussycat" or "A Star Is Born" much better. Her acting is superb, so is Ryan's. But the storyline is a little weak compared to other movies she is in. I reccommend it its just not her very best movie.
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It has been quite a while since i have actually seen The Main Event but i have been trying to find it in the stores on video for quite a long time. I can remember loving the movie. There was a lot of screeming and yelling...but isnt that what boxers do. I thought the way they pick on each other is cute. I thought Barbra was precious. It is one of those movies that you come out feeling good which is hard to find these days.
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Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal are a great comedy duo. This movie is a classic old comedy and it's a shame that Hollywood has lost their ability to make comedies that are clean and witty like this one. A keeper!!!
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