Tripti Joshi (Editor)

The Main Event (1979 film)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
4.8/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Howard Zieff
Featured song  The Main Event
Country  United States
5.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance, Sport
Initial DVD release  July 1, 2003
Language  English
The Main Event (1979 film) movie poster
Writer  Gail Parent, Andrew Smith
Release date  June 22, 1979 (1979-06-22)
Cast  Barbra Streisand (Hillary Kramer), Ryan O'Neal (Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon), Paul Sand (David), Whitman Mayo (Percy), Patti D'Arbanville (Donna), Chu Chu Malave (Luis)
Similar movies  Southpaw, Cinderella Man, Rocky II, Pulp Fiction, Cars, Rocky
Tagline  A Glove Story

The main event 1979 official trailer barbra streisand ryan o neal movie hd

The Main Event is a 1979 American sports romantic comedy film starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, written by Gail Parent and directed by Howard Zieff.


The Main Event (1979 film) movie scenes

The film received negative reviews from critics, but was among the top 20 highest grossing films of the year at the box office. It was also the impetus for Barbra Streisand's first foray into disco, singing the Golden Globe-nominated theme song written by Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts.

The Main Event (1979 film) t2gstaticcomimagesqtbnANd9GcTqLawa60YAFDds82

Barbra streisand the main event ballad 1979


The Main Event (1979 film) Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal The Main Event 1979 film

Hillary Kramer (Streisand), a successful perfume magnate awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and left for South America. Going through all of her remaining assets she finds a boxer, purchased as a tax write off. She decides to take Eddie "Kid Natural" Scanlon (Ryan O'Neal) who is much more at home giving driving lessons, into the ring and use him as her key to riches. Eddie thinks this will only get him killed and resists.

The Main Event (1979 film) The Main Event 1979 Official Trailer Barbra Streisand Ryan O

Eventually, Hillary wears Eddie down and she gets funding (mainly from friends, associates, and colleagues) for his first fights, all of which go awry, either through Hillary's lack of knowledge about boxing or Eddie's out-of-shape condition (and general fear of being hit). All the while, Hillary and Eddie continue sparring on their own, thanks to their different personalities. But, as time (and fights) go on, they develop an increasingly personal relationship, which ultimately leads them to have to decide what they really want.

Main cast

The Main Event (1979 film) The Main Event 1979 Official Trailer Barbra Streisand Ryan O
  • Barbra Streisand as Hillary Kramer
  • Ryan O'Neal as Eddie "Kid Natural" Scanlon
  • Paul Sand as David
  • Whitman Mayo as Percy
  • Patti D'Arbanville as Donna
  • Chu Chu Malave as Luis
  • Richard Lawson as Hector Mantilla
  • James Gregory as Gough
  • Production

    The Main Event (1979 film) The Main Event Original Soundtrack Songs Reviews Credits

    The film was originally offered to Ryan O'Neal when Goldie Hawn was going to star. Then the producers proposed Diana Ross to appear in the lead, but O'Neal refused.

    Box office

    Although critically panned, The Main Event was a box office success. The film grossed $42.8 million on a budget of $8 million. It was the 16th highest-grossing film of 1979.

    Awards and honors

    Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Original Song (Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts, for "The Main Event/Fight," Nominated)
  • People's Choice Awards, USA
  • Favorite Theme/Song from a Motion Picture , for "The Main Event/Fight," Winner)
  • Soundtrack

    In June 1979, a soundtrack was released on vinyl, cassette and 8-track tape. In October 1993, it was released on CD. The soundtrack contains an extended version of "The Main Event/Fight", containing a version which runs 11:39, an edited and slightly altered version at 4:54 (released as the single that hit number three on the pop charts in both the U.S. and Canada), and a ballad version titled simply "The Main Event" as it omits the "Fight" parts. A bootleg of the recording sessions for the title song exists with Streisand commenting on the vocal challenges the song contains. A DJ-only promo 12" single was released for "The Main Event/Fight" as well as a 7" promo that featured a unique shorter 3:59 version backed with the single release.

    Track listing

    1. "The Main Event/Fight" – Barbra Streisand
    2. "The Body Shop" – Michalski and Ooversteen
    3. "The Main Event/Fight" (short version) – Barbra Streisand
    4. "Copeland Meets the Coasters/Get a Job" – Michael Melvoin
    5. "Big Girls Don't Cry" – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
    6. "It's Your Foot Again" – Michael Melvoin
    7. "Angry Eyes" – Loggins and Messina
    8. "I'd Clean a Fish for You" – Michael Melvoin
    9. "The Main Event" (ballad) – Barbra Streisand


    The Main Event (1979 film) Wikipedia
    The Main Event (1979 film) IMDbThe Main Event (1979 film) Rotten TomatoesThe Main Event (1979 film) Roger EbertThe Main Event (1979 film)

    Similar Topics
    Cinderella Man
    Pulp Fiction