One on One (1977)

“All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere I want. ” – Henry Steele

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A high school basketball superstar must deal with the way that things work different in college when he is accepted to a prestigious school on a scholarship.

My Take on it – Interesting premise that fails to work better despite having the potential to do so.

The film does show how both sides try and deal with making the transition from local high school to college for an athlete, but unfortunately things feel a bit too generic the whole way through.

Robby Benson was a rising star when this was made in the mid-1970’s, but he isn’t really able to hold this story together in a way that would make the story more engaging and enjoyable to watch unfold.

The film’s supporting cast is great and we get to see young Annette O’Toole, Melanie Griffith in the movie

G.D. Spradlin also stands out as the basketball coach who tries to do what is best for both his team and himself the whole way through.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During filming, Robby Benson hid the fact he had medical issues in the form of bicuspid aortic heart disease: He was born with two flaps on his aortic valve where there should be three to control blood flow. Benson experienced shortness of breath and dizziness , but he hid the symptoms for fear of health problems ending his acting career. Benson has since undergone at least 4 open heart surgeries. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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