The Strongest Man in the World (1975)

Directed by Vincent McEveety
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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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.
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The End of an Era

16 May 2007 | by Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This definitely was the end of an era at the Disney studios. This was the last of the so-called “college comedies” that began with the classic “The Absent Minded Professor”, continued with the two “Merlin Jones” films (“The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” and “The Monkey’s Uncle”) and ended with the three “Dexter Riley” films (“The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”, “Now You See Him, Now you Don’t” and this film). These films all followed the same formula but still were funny in their own way. However, by the time this film was done the formula had worn thin and this pretty much was the end of the line for this series of films. Kurt Russell was his usual funny self as the perpetually in trouble Dexter getting himself and his buddy Schyler in perpetual trouble. Ceasar Romero was also great as the kids’ perpetual foil Arno.

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However, it is also a somewhat surreal film due to the fact that Joe Flynn died after this motion picture finished filming. He definitely was great in his role as Dean Higgins and it was definitely an extension of his “Captain Binghamton” character and this capped off his legendary career as on of the all-time great curmudgeons.

Dexter Riley strikes again….

Author: Mister-6 from United States
11 September 1999

Having seen all of the Dexter Riley films that Disney has put out, I can honestly say that “The Strongest Man in the World” is my favorite.

And why not? Not only does it have Russell in all his youthful exuberance and Flynn as the eternally befuddled Dean Higgins but it also features parts for Eve Arden, Phil Silvers and Cesar Romero as A. J. Arno, the Alonzo Hawk for the ’70s.

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When Russell and his fellow college cronies discover a potion and add it to their favorite breakfast cereal, it gives whoever consumes it super-human strength. Of course, every unscrupulous character within reach is after it and will go to any lengths necessary (even Chinese acupuncture hypnosis. You heard me.) to gain their ends.

Wild special effects highlight this film, and as always, Flynn takes his broad, funny role as Higgins and runs with it, showing off the benefits of super-human strength to an amazed Arden and her associates.

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It may be set in the ’70s but gags like this stand the test of time. And “The Strongest Man in the World” is still as funny now as it ever was.

What can I say; If it has Joe Flynn in it, I’ll watch it.

Ten stars. And one more thing: if you’re the dean of a college, never let Kurt Russell borrow your car.

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“Have you ever had a corn?”

6/10
Author: utgard14 from USA
23 August 2014

The third in Disney’s Dexter Riley trilogy starring Kurt Russell. This time college student Dexter accidentally creates a formula that, when mixed with a vitamin cereal, gives him temporary super strength. Since the school is once again in financial trouble, Dexter and friends decide to use the formula to help out. How they do this is silly. It involves a weightlifting contest and a cereal company rivalry. Villainous A.J. Arno (Caesar Romero) from the previous films also returns, up to no good as usual. Russell’s good and the series regulars like Romero and Joe Flynn are lots of fun. This would be Flynn’s last movie. Nice support this time from Phil Silvers, Dick Van Patten, and the always cool Eve Arden. Pleasant, likable family comedy. It’s corny but fun.

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needs more Dexter Riley

5/10
Author: SnoopyStyle
2 March 2016

College dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) is in danger of losing his job for financial problems. He promises to raise more money in 30 days while using science Prof Quigley as a scapegoat. Student Richard Schuyler is trying out different cereals for a cow. Higgins is horrified at all the money used to feed a cow and fires Quigley. Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell)’s experiment gets mixed with the cereal leading to powerful growth. Dexter tries the cereal himself giving him temporary super-strength. Higgins seizes on the opportunity and sells the formula to the cereal company run by Harriet Crumply. Harriet challenges cereal rival Kirwood Krinkle (Phil Silvers) to a competition. Krinkle calls on his mole V.P. Harry Crumply who is jealous of Harriet. Harry hires A.J. Arno who is just out of prison.

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This is a functional Dexter Riley movie although I like “Now You See Him, Now You Don’t” the most in the series. I don’t think lifting things is the most exciting cinematic move. I actually think super speed is a superior power visually. It has more comedic potential and it would fit the car perfectly. This type of live-action Disney family comedies is fading in popularity at the time. Also this movie needs more Kurt Russell. There are sections where he is absent and he should not be. Richard Schuyler is in this more than Dexter Riley. Kurt Russell may be trying to slip away from his Disney roots at this time.

Very Goofy, Very Funny

6/10
Author: bmagnetic7 from United States
28 August 2005

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.

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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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