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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 Laff-Lifter of the Year! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strongest Man in the World 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

Final film of Raymond Bailey. 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

Mercedes: Professor Quigley's here to pick up his severence check.
Dean Higgins: Professor Quigley, hmm? Well you inform Professor Quigley that we don't give out severence checks anymore.
Dean Higgins: But we always give out severance checks.
Dean Higgins: Well, we don't anymore! We just ran out of money!
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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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Some highlights, but overall kinda lame
7 May 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 1975 and directed by Vincent McEveety, "The Strongest Man in the World" chronicles events at a Southern California college where Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell) & his pals inadvertently discover that a concoction of a new chemical mixed with a certain cereal will grant anyone or anything superhuman strength.

It's interesting seeing Kurt when he was so young (23 years-old during shooting) and there's a fun all-star cast of familiars who were popular at the time (Joe Flynn, Dick Van Patten, Phil Silvers, Cesar Romero, etc.). I also like the mid-70s fashions & décor; and there are a few laughs or well-done scenes, like the great conference room sequence.

But, with the exception of Eve Arden as a cereal mogul, there's zero emphasis in the female department. In other words, the story takes place at a Southern Cal college, but there are no women, except in a very peripheral sense. Someone might argue that this is a film for kids. Yes, real LITTLE kids; and maybe adults on a nostalgia trip.

THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour 32 minutes and was shot in Los Angeles, Glendale and Pasadena, California. WRITERS: Joseph L. McEveety and Herman Groves.

GRADE: C-


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