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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 ... Mother 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:

Ault, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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" along with several other well known films. Also, she and "Miami Vice" star Don Johnson had a long on and off again relationship. See more »

Goofs

Scoreboard at end of last game indicates 2nd quarter, not fourth. See more »

Quotes

Henry Steele: All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want.
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My Fair Share
Performed by Seals & Crofts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Paul Williams
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Charming sports comedy
27 August 2001 | by the_old_romanSee 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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