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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 overview, first billed only:
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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The story of a winner. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

17 February 1978 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Catch a Falling Star  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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


Henry Steele: All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want.
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John Wayne
Performed by Seals & Crofts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Paul Williams
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I have enjoyed everything I've seen by Robbie Benson.
27 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was the first Robbie Benson I ever saw. Once I did see it, I have always been alert for other things which involved his talents.

This movie was especially meaningful to me because I took a much younger friend to view it with me. After seeing the movie I bought the fabulous movie soundtrack album by Seals and Crofts, and those songs were played over and over by this young friend and I until every word and note could be sung-along with the artists. I think this experience was an inspirational time for both myself and my young friend, who could identify in many ways with Benson's character.

Decades later I find that few fans of Seals and Crofts even know they recorded such a soundtrack, much less having any familiarity with the movie One On One. However, I have always since sought-out other features and appearances by Robbie Benson, and have become a life-long fan of this talented, if somewhat obscure, actor. I will continue to seek-out his productions and performances wherever Robbie Benson may show himself next. We are blessed by the gift of such a competent and gifted artist.

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