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The Strongest Man in the World (1975)

Dexter Riley and his friends accidently discover a new chemical mixed with a cereal seems to give anyone temporary superhuman strength

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Vincent McEveety
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Dexter Riley
Joe Flynn ... Dean Higgins
Eve Arden ... Harriet Crumply
Cesar Romero ... A.J. Arno
Phil Silvers ... Kirwood Krinkle
Dick Van Patten ... V.P. Harry Crumply
Harold Gould ... Regent Dietz
Michael McGreevey ... Richard Schuyler
Richard Bakalyan ... Cookie (as Dick Bakalyan)
William Schallert ... Prof. Quigley
Benson Fong ... Ah Fong
James Gregory ... Chief Blair
Ann Marshall ... Debbie (Student)
Don Carter Don Carter ... Gilbert (Student)
Christina Anderson Christina Anderson ... Cris (Student)
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Storyline

A school laboratory accident mixes one student's vitamin cereal mix with Dexter Riley's chemical experiment. When the kids decide to dispose of the mess to their neighbor's cow, they learn that the cereal gave the cow the super-strength to give a massively vast supply of milk. When they try it out on themselves, they discover that the stuff gives any human superhuman strength for a few minutes. The school sees this as the thing needed to save their school from closure, as the Dean makes a deal with his relative who owns the company that makes the cereal for financial support, unaware that it was Dexter's chemical which was solely responsible for the strength. When her competitor learn of this deal, he hires two criminals to stop it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The biggest dumb-bell on campus... and the secret formula got it off the ground! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A világ legerősebb embere See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Ronnie Schell. See more »

Goofs

In the very last scene, Phil SIlvers does a karate chop on the cereal table at the weight contest. A split second before he "chops" the table, he turns his hand downward and instead slaps the table. They try to hide this with a cereal box, but you can still see the error. See more »

Quotes

Dean Higgins: You're crushing perfectly good vitamins to give to a cow?
Schuyler: That's right.
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Crazy Credits

After Dexter Riley lifted the 1111 pound barbell, as Medfield College defeated State College Phil Silvers's character, Kirwood Krinkle, left the Medfield team celebrating and in another room he tried a karate chop on a metal statue. As soon as his hand hits the statue, filming stops. Then he appears in extreme pain, mouth wide open as if screaming OUCH! With his open mouth and still photograph, the words "The End" appear, after which the closing credits begin. See more »

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Referenced in Soldier (1998) See more »

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Very Goofy, Very Funny
28 August 2005 | by bmagnetic7See all my reviews

I was inspired to get this movie after seeing (and enjoying) Sky High with Kurt Russell and I happened to recall this movie. I originally saw "The Strongest Man in the World" as a child (I was 5 years old) and enjoyed it VERY much. As an adult, I find it's VERY silly, and campy and wonderful.

Very enjoyable is the opening animation, which depicts a little boy doing AMAZING & IMPOSSIBLE things: catching a king-kong style gorilla that fell from a building, carrying a cruise ship, & holding (with one hand mind you) a stage carrying 3 grown men pressing over their heads what looks to be about 1000 lbs. WOW! College science student, Dexter Riley (Russell) creates a vitamin formula that, by pure accident, becomes a temporary superhuman strength formula. News of the formula comes to the attention of two rival cereal companies who stage a weightlifting contest to see which cereal would render the eater the strongest. One cereal, supposedly having the strength formula in it. It DOESN'T. Now Dexter, must race against the clock to get the real formula in order to win the weightlifting match.

Again, funny, goofy, slow in certain areas, but it doesn't take away from the humor of the film.


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