The Main Event

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Howard Zieff's 1979 comedy The Main Event comes to DVD from Warner Home Video as part of The Streisand Collection. The image is presented with a widescreen transfer and the soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English or French. Subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. The featurette is a vintage 1979 making-of TV special entitiled "Getting in Shape for the Main Event." Special features include a production stills gallery, commentary track by Barbra ...
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Howard Zieff's 1979 comedy The Main Event comes to DVD from Warner Home Video as part of The Streisand Collection. The image is presented with a widescreen transfer and the soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English or French. Subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. The featurette is a vintage 1979 making-of TV special entitiled "Getting in Shape for the Main Event." Special features include a production stills gallery, commentary track by Barbra Steisand, and theatrical trailers.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Barbra Streisand (scene specific); Making-of documentary Getting in Shape for The Main Event; Stills gallery; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As screen teams go, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal are not up there with Hepburn and Tracy or Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, but they made a surprisingly winning couple in What's Up Doc? The follow-up, The Main Event, doesn't match the original, but it's enjoyable, and the stars are still watchable. The main problem, of course, is the script. The plot is weak and predictable, and the humor is forced. For example, Streisand says, "I said celebrate, not fornicate!" O'Neal replies, "I love a woman who talks dirty." The stars are also saddled with characters that are a little hard to take. Fortunately, they still have that all-important chemistry, and that -- plus their timing and their way with even second-rate lines -- makes up for a great deal. In addition, there are some excellent players in the supporting cast, including the always-welcome Paul Sand and the dependable James Gregory, although one wishes better use had been made of their talents. Patti D'Arbanville at least gets a very memorable coughing scene. Though not a musical, Streisand does sing the popular but vapid title song (and sounds quite good doing so). Not a film for the ages, Main Event gets enough punch from its cast to go the distance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • UPC: 085391716129
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Hillary Kramer
Ryan O'Neal Eddie "Kid Natural" Scanlon
Paul Sand David
Patti D'Arbanville Donna
Whitman Mayo Percy
Rory Calhoun Fighter in Kid's Camp
Ernie Hudson Killer
Richard Lawson Hector Mantilla
Chu Chu Malave Luis
James Gregory Gough
Richard Altman Tour Guide
Joe Amsler Stunt Double Kid
Seth Banks Newsman
Lindsay Bloom Girl in bed
Earl Boen Nose-Kline
Roger Bowen Owner, Sinthia Cosmetics
Badja Djola Heavyweight in Gym
Sue Casey Brenda
Alvin Childress Man in Gym
Kristine de Bell Lucy
Al Denava Gomez
Lee C. Harman
Eddie Lopez
Vic Heutschy
Shay Duffin Fight Announcer
Murphy Dunne Mario
Ron Henriques Fighter
Maurice Sneed Fighter
Dave Ketchum Photographer
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Announcer
Len Lesser Trainer at Kid's Camp
Denver Mattson Referee
Bill Murray Mantilla's Cornerman
Robert Nadder Nose - Dean
Harvey Parry Referee in Long Beach
Tim Rossovich Cannibal
Jack Somack Murry
Darrell Zwerling Sheldon
Art Evans Fighter
John Reilly Alan Crane
Richard S. Steele
Technical Credits
Howard Zieff Director
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Paul Jabara Songwriter
Joel King Camera Operator
Denver Mattson Stunts
Michael Melvoin Score Composer
Renee Missel Executive Producer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Gail Parent Screenwriter
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Jon Peters Producer
Karen Rea Casting
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Zvi Howard Rosenman Executive Producer
Andrew Smith Screenwriter
Barbra Streisand Producer
Mario Tosi Cinematographer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Jeff Werner Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Know-It-All Nose [3:01]
2. Workout Credits [2:44]
3. No Money [4:05]
4. His Body on Her Head? [7:05]
5. Knockout Driving Academy (Big Girls Don't Cry) [4:56]
6. Driving Home Her Point [1:56]
7. See You in the Ring [5:11]
8. Bleeders [3:46]
9. Talking Business [2:18]
10. Beaten to the Punch [3:46]
11. No Fooling Around [3:44]
12. Sparring Partners [5:31]
13. Training [3:13]
14. The Cannibal: Round 1 [4:44]
15. Round 2: Disqualified [3:00]
16. Round 3: Through [2:13]
17. The Pitch to Leo [1:03]
18. Victory...On Ice [3:33]
19. Female Crap [3:04]
20. Training Camp Dinner [1:51]
21. The Barracks [5:15]
22. Interviews [6:23]
23. Bed Partners [4:19]
24. Wedding Partners? [8:12]
25. Fight That Never Was [3:01]
26. Throwing in the Towel [3:50]
27. End Credits (The Main Event) [2:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Barbra Streisand - Hillary Kramer
         Ryan O'Neal - Eddie "Kid Natural" Scalon
         Paul Sand - David
         Whitman Mayo - Percy
         Patti D'Arbanville - Donna
         Written by Gail Parent
         Andrew Smith
         Produced by John Peters
         Directed by Howard Zieff
      "Getting in Shape for the Main Event"
      Scene Specific Commentary by Barbra Streisand
      Stills Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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