The Strongest Man in the World

  • Review Date: January 5, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dexter Riley trilogy falls flat in its final installment.
  • Review Date: January 5, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 92 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dated, problematic stereotypes of Asian culture pop up here, especially when the villians go to Chinatown to get help in brainwashing a character. Though Aunt Harriet is the CEO of a cereal company, there are few women or girls with any lines in this dated film. Dexter lives in a house with all white guys, and all of his friends are white.

Violence & scariness

Dexter throws mobster thugs around the laboratory and destroys the room and equipment.

Sexy stuff

Dexter holds hands with his girlfriend.


Characters call each other "idiot," "numbskull,""stupid."


The premise behind the plot is to create a formula that can be added to a consumable food product to increase strength and stamina. Most of the adults in the film are portrayed as money oriented and ruthless.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The strength potion taken by the characters could be termed a drug, since it creates physical changes after it's consumed. Cigar smoking by older male character.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this film is geared toward kids, it has less to do with its youthful main character, Dexter Riley, than the fictional cereal companies that are vying for a strength formula he created in science class. Watch out for the belittling portrayal of Asian-American culture.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell) and his pals have been working in the science lab at Medfield College making vitamin-rich feed for a cow named Ruthie Bell to help her gain weight and produce more milk. Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) discovers the cost of their experiments and shuts their lab down, firing their favorite teacher. Then, quite by accident, Dexter eats a bowl of the cereal laced with the strength formula, and before you can say Snap, Crackle, Pop he finds he has supernatural strength. Dean Higgins brings the formula to a cereal company, and the stealing of secrets and scheming ensue in this mid-70's caper.

Is it any good?


Not as strong as the other two films in the Dexter Riley series, THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD spends more time characterizing the buffoonery of adults than paying attention to the kids who are watching the film. In fact, Kurt Russell spends less time on screen than his many co-stars. Modern day kids might be bored by the lame special effects and the many minutes spent in board meetings with old white men.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether foods like breakfast cereals can really do everything that they promise. What other kinds of products make such lofty promises? Is Dexter cheating when he takes the strength formula before he performs in the weight-lifting contest?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 5, 1975
DVD release date:May 4, 1975
Cast:Eve Arden, Joe Flynn, Kurt Russell
Director:Vincent McEveety
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Teen, 15 years old Written bysydneytaylor23 December 27, 2011

Greatest movie ever!!!

I love this movie soooooooooo much!!!!
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Educator and Parent of an infant and 1 year old Written byMommaOfTwoo November 20, 2012


Dissapointing when compared to the other movies in the series.


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