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One on One (1977)

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Henry Steele
Annette O'Toole ... Janet Hays
G.D. Spradlin ... Coach Moreland Smith
Gail Strickland ... B.J. Rudolph
Melanie Griffith ... The Hitchhiker
James G. Richardson James G. Richardson ... Malcolm
Hector Morales Hector Morales ... Gonzales
Cory Faucher Cory Faucher ... Tom
Doug Sullivan Doug Sullivan ... Young Henry Steele
Richard Jury Richard Jury ... Father Steele (as Rich Jury)
Liz Jury Liz Jury ... Eunice Steele
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... High School Coach
George Walls George Walls ... Wheeler
Harlan Knudson Harlan Knudson ... Simon Bell
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Barry Brunz
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Storyline

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport. Expected by his coach to contribute significantly to the team, Henry is overwhelmed by the demands on his time, the "big business" aspect of college sports, and the fact that he never fully learned to read. Things look bleak for Henry when Janet Hays, a pretty graduate student, is assigned as Henry's tutor. Her intellect and strength lift Henry out of his doldrums just in time to battle the coach, who attempts to rescind Henry's scholarship. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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"You're not big enough. You're not sharp enough. You'll never make it." Did you ever want to make them eat their words? Now there's a movie that does it for you. One on One is the story of a kid nobody believed in except himself. Discover One on One. The story of a winner. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1978 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch a Falling Star See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Robby Benson hid the fact he had medical issues in the form of bicuspid aortic heart disease: He was born with two flaps on his aortic valve where there should be three to control blood flow. Benson experienced shortness of breath and dizziness , but he hid the symptoms for fear of health problems ending his acting career. Benson has since undergone at least 4 open heart surgeries. See more »

Goofs

When the players are standing in a lineup, Henry is commenting on Tom being 6'6". Henry appears to be about 8 inches shorter than Tom. In other scenes Henry only appears to be about 4 inches shorter than Tom. See more »

Quotes

Henry Steele: All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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My Fair Share
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Performed by Seals & Crofts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Paul Williams
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One of my favorite underdog movies
26 September 2014 | by JGDragovSee all my reviews

If it wasn't for "Hoosiers", I would have to say that "One on One" would be my favorite basketball movie of all time. In fairness, I am partial to movies where the actor playing an athlete can actually perform as one. You would be hard pressed to find a real actor(I'm not talking about the cast of "Space Jam") who displayed as much basketball skill as Robby Benson does in this movie. The dude can flat out play.

I am not giving a backhanded compliment when I say that G.D. Spradlin does an outstanding job of portraying an a$$hole coach. He gives virtually the same performance as he did in "North Dallas Forty". His attempts to crush Henry seem harsh but believable given the power and ego that some of these big time coaches possess. Annette O'Toole does a good job although watching the movie again with my son, I forgot how much of a love story this film is as well.

Realistic basketball play and a true underdog theme make this movie a good one for me. Certainly a little dated but hardly irrelevant, I would say watch this movie with your young athlete. It is finally available on DVD and worth the $12 I paid for it.


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