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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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Lamont Johnson
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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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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A teenage Melanie Griffith (19 years old), who was cast in a tiny role as a hitchhiker, went on to become the one of the most famous actors a decade later in the blockbuster hit, Working Girl (1988) along with several other well known films. Also, she and Miami Vice (1984) star Don Johnson had a long on and off again relationship. See more »

Goofs

There is an organized practice before classes start, which would violate NCAA rules. See more »

Quotes

Henry Steele: All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want.
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John Wayne
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Performed by Seals & Crofts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Paul Williams
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A forgotten sports Gem
18 December 2005 | by imbluzcloobySee all my reviews

What can I remember about "One on One". I was like 10 years old. I think I saw it as a double-feature with another sports movie called "Take Down". That is when double-features existed and they usually had movies with similar themes. Anyhow, One on One is a pretty cool movie for anybody, let alone those who love basketball. I remember Robby Benson going to college and he is literally dwarfed by some of the other players. The center was 7'4", his new friend was like 6'6" and little Robby is only 5'11". But he still can dazzle us with his ball handling and great outside shots. He falls in love with a nice Freshman and the relationship is very sweet and tame. I think they may have kissed twice, one being just a simple short kiss. This is your typical underdog story told in a sport's theme while giving the audience the allure of young adults learning about life and love. The closing song and montage is also nice and reminiscent of the 70's.


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