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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Steele
Janet Hays
Coach Moreland Smith
B.J. Rudolph
The Hitchhiker
James G. Richardson ...
Hector Morales ...
Cory Faucher ...
Doug Sullivan ...
Young Henry Steele
Richard Jury ...
Father Steele (as Rich Jury)
Liz Jury ...
Mother Steele
Richard Jamison ...
High School Coach
George Walls ...
Harlan Knudson ...
Simon Bell
Lamont Johnson ...
Barry Brunz


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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17 February 1978 (Finland)  »

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Catch a Falling Star  »

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The campus scenes were filmed at Colorado State University, mostly at Moby Arena and in the Charles A. Lory Student Center. Many of the CSU basketball players and even assistant coaches were extras in the film. See more »


Henry's hair length fluctuates between shots. See more »


Henry Steele: All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want.
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Love Conquers All
Performed by Seals & Crofts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Paul Williams
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Charming sports comedy
27 August 2001 | by (Leonia, NJ) – See all my reviews

Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole have good enough chemistry to make their unlikely pairing a crowd pleaser nonetheless. Benson is very good as the jock who is first coddled, then spurned, stirring the man within him. The movie has a great deal of fun with the special treatment given Jocks. Benson's work-study job is to turn the sprinklers on and off, but the sprinklers work automatically. Gail Strickland and (Director) Lamont Johnson are marvelous in small but hilarious supporting bits.

But the true star of the movie is G.D. Spradlin as the humorless and amoral hard-nosed basketball coach. Best exchange is when Benson says: "You're a great molder of character, coach" and Spradlin retorts, "You never asked me to mold your character." Spradlin is 100% true to his character as a John-Wooden-type of basketball coach. All in all, One on One shouldn't be taken too seriously but is quite enjoyable on its own terms.

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