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The Main Event

By Marshall Fine

Comedic misfire from the late Super70s in a futile attempt to bottle the same lightning that struck when Barbra Streisand teamed with Ryan O'Neal in What's Up, Doc? Here, Streisand plays a spoiled rich girl, the head of a bankrupt cosmetics company, who discovers she's lost everything--except her ownership of the contract of a washed-up boxer (O'Neal, known for his combative nature offscreen). So she tries to rally this dispirited pug into a comeback that will earn the kinds of purses that will put her back on her feet. Naturally, in the process romantic sparks are kindled. But despite a loud and energetic performance by Streisand, this Howard Zieff comedy doesn't add up to much.

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Director: Howard Zieff

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand

Released: July 27, 1979

Availability: DVD VHS CD

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