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One on One

A trite and disappointing little film about a Los Angeles college basketball player. It follows the formula about the underdog-turned-hero but fails to ignite the emotions.

A trite and disappointing little film about a Los Angeles college basketball player. It follows the formula about the underdog-turned-hero but fails to ignite the emotions.

Robby Benson has an inarticulate, bumbling presence in this film as he blunders through the commercialized world of college athletics. His awkward performance slows down the film badly and makes it hard to empathize with him, despite the usually potent plot cliche of the little guy fighting back.

It’s unbelievable that this nebbish would be pursued by such mature and attractive women as Annette O’Toole and Gail Strickland, both of whom have extended and embarrassing romantic scenes with Benson.

One on One

  • Production: Warner. Director Lamont Johnson; Producer Martin Hornstein; Screenplay Robby Benson, Jerry Segal; Camera Donald M. Morgan; Editor Robbe Roberts; Music Charles Fox; Art Director Sherman Loudermilk
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 98 MIN.
  • With: Robby Benson Annette O'Toole G.D. Spradlin Gail Strickland Melanie Griffith James G. Richardson
  • Music By: