One on One (1977 film)

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One on One
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Promotional poster
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Produced by Martin Hornstein
Written by Robby Benson
Jerry Segal
Starring Robby Benson
Annette O'Toole
G. D. Spradlin
Music by Charles Fox
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Edited by Robbe Roberts
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • June 28, 1977 (1977-06-28)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

One on One is a 1977 drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by Benson and his father Jerry Segal, directed by Lamont Johnson, and features a soundtrack performed by Seals and Crofts.


Henry Steele, a naive high school basketball star from a small town in Colorado, wins a college scholarship to Western University in Los Angeles. Talented but with a tendency to show off, Henry must overcome the pressures of bullying from his team members and a confrontation with a mean-spirited coach.

On the academic side, Henry must deal with his lack of reading skills. The freshman is assigned a senior as tutor to help him through the semester, the beautiful Janet Hays. In the meantime, Henry fends off the amorous advances of B.J. Rudolph, a woman who works in the university's athletic department.

Henry's lack of success on the court results in his coach requesting that he renounce the four-year scholarship the school has given him. Henry refuses, whereupon the coach not only benches Henry but subjects him to unfair treatment and discipline in practice designed to make the player quit. Janet continues to help Henry with his class work and they develop a romantic relationship.

With the team's undefeated record in jeopardy, a teammate's injury results in Henry being sent into a game by the coach, instructed not to shoot the ball. Defying orders, Henry leads the team's comeback, makes the game-winning shot and is carried off the court on other players' shoulders. Back in the coach's good graces, he is assured his future at the school is no longer at risk, but Henry bluntly informs the coach exactly what he can do with his scholarship, as he "can play anywhere."


The film's director, Lamont Johnson, appears briefly as an alumni sponsor, part of a sub-plot regarding a win-at-all-costs corruption in the school's athletic programs.


The film was shot in 1975, primarily at Highland High school in Ault, Colorado and at various locations on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins.[1]


The film has an 83% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


The music was written by Charles Fox, with lyrics by Paul Williams. Seals and Crofts provided the vocals.

The track "My Fair Share" reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 19 November 1977.[3]


  1. ^ "Highland High School - Gym". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Robby Benson". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  3. ^ "US Top 40 Singles Week Ending 19th November, 1977". Billboard. 1977-11-19. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 

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