Warner Brothers Entertainment has done something revolutionary with DVD technology, allowing 150 of their catalog films to be purchased on DVD at your special request. This series is called “The Warner Archive Collection.”
While there are no special features on these DVDs, a pristine widescreen picture is all a film really needs, right?
“One on One”  is one of the select films that Warner chose to release.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to love “One on One,” but you have to understand what it is to crave something with all your heart.
Robby Benson (“Ice Castles”)Â gives a marvelous performance as Henry Steele.
Steele is a talented young basketball player that accepts a scholarship at Western University.
He soon discovers that being a jock comes withÂ many perks, including do-nothing jobs around campus for absorbent amounts of cash. Despite the fact thatÂ he is serious about his studies, he doesn’t have to attend classes when it interferes with practice.
Enter, his tutor, Janet Hays, played byÂ Annette O’Toole (“It”). She feels that he is just another dumb jock trying to score easy answers. O’Toole and Benson create a believable love/hate relationship, offering another pleasant dimension for the film.
After being introduced to this fascinating world and these characters through the first half of the film, the second half is where Steele’s love of basketball is put on the line. After a few bad games, his sadistic coach, played by G.D. Spradlin (“Nick of Time”), asks him to renounce his scholarship.
His refusal causes his life to become a living hell.
The coach tries to break him every chance he gets, never giving Steele a fair shot in practice. He endures, however, creating a character that is reminiscent of Rocky Balboa, but is younger, far more intelligent and forced to prove himself against even more insurmountable odds than the â€œItalian Stallion.â€
Regardless of what obstacle stands in his way, Steele refuses to be broken- that gives the film many awe-inspiring moments.
This is a hero worth rooting for.
That also makes â€œOne on Oneâ€ a real treat.
Spradlin’s performance also concocts one of the greatest on-screen villains and gives the film the air of brevity and depth it needs to thrive.
A well done soundtrack by Seals and Croft also creates a heartfelt and warm ambiance to the film that never loses sight of the story.
While â€œOne on Oneâ€ is far from perfect, as a few scenes give you the distinction of the 70s, with leisure suits and part scenes sprinkled throughout, the bulk of the movie is about our young hero Steele and his journey for glory.
Because of that, one thing is for sure- this is a winner.