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Henry Steele
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Janet Hays
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Coach Moreland Smith
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B.J. Rudolph
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The Hitchhiker
James G. Richardson ...
Malcolm
Hector Morales ...
Gonzales
Cory Faucher ...
Tom
Doug Sullivan ...
Young Henry Steele
Richard Jury ...
Father Steele (as Rich Jury)
Liz Jury ...
Mother Steele
Richard Jamison ...
High School Coach
George Walls ...
Wheeler
Harlan Knudson ...
Simon Bell
Lamont Johnson ...
Barry Brunz
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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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There comes a time when love stops being a ball and starts being a woman. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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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 »

Goofs

In the scene in the living room involving half a dozen characters, a boom mic is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Henry Steele: All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Tori Amos (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

This Day Belongs To Me
Performed by Seals & Crofts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Paul Williams
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Good Movie, Benson must be a natural athlete!
11 March 2004 | by (Charlotte NC) – See all my reviews

The movie is dated, but I still enjoy it. I guess I remember watching it the first time. The whole coming of age thing, growing up, etc.

What has really impressed me is Robby Benson's development over the years. He must be a good athlete: basketball, hockey, running, all seem to come naturally to him. I don't see the telltale back shots of doubles.

I enjoyed his acting and would like to see more. The last I heard he was teaching at USC. No not that one! The first one! The real one! The University of South Carolina in Columbia.

I would like to see what he could do with a mature role now.


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