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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


Vincent McEveety




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)


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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A Secret Formula Explodes...POOF!...Instant Muscle...Instant FUN! See more »


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Third and final time Cesar Romero played the character A.J. Arno in a Disney film. See more »


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 »


Dean Higgins: I know he's been kidnapped. How do I know? Because he's been gone for the last three hours looking for his dog.
The Policewoman: Sir, a boy looking for his dog isn't so unusual.
Dean Higgins: It is when the dog got back two hours and forty-five minutes ago.
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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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The third and final Dexter Riley movie, probably for the best
13 November 2020 | by MccadooSee all my reviews

I grew up with the Dexter Riley/Medfield college trio of films. Well kind of, I was in grade school with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes came out and a freshman in High School when Now You See Him Now You Don't was released. I enjoyed both of them and kind of got an image (mostly false as it turned out) of what lay in store for me at college. They were silly Disney fare that I loved then and still do today because they take me back to my youth.

By the time this movie came out I was a senior in high school and wasn't much interested in Disney moves any longer. But I did see it later on TV and I have to say it failed to live up to the first two. The first two movies were silly and fun, this movie was just silly, not so much fun. It seemed strained, as if all the actors from the first two were trying to squeeze the magic out of their characters one final time and having trouble succeeding. Kurt Russell was a no-show for much of the film, probably because he was trying to distance himself from Disney at the time and it was just as well. He was in his twenties by this time and the Dexter Riley persona no longer fit him. Cesar Romero seemed like he was just going through the motions. As if they asked him to play A.J. Arno one more time and he agreed either for a paycheck or out of nostalgia for what once was. And Joe Flynn, back as Dean Higgins was another story. He passed away not long after filming this movie and it's very apparent throughout the film that he's not well and is just a shadow of his former self. It's really sad to watch.

This movie was the last in a long line of live action Disney college/teenager movies and it barely manages to stumble across the finish line. Watch the first two Dexter Riley movies, they're well worth your time. This one not so much.

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6 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.75 : 1
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