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The Formula (1980)

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A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WW II to make gasoline from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil--and oil companies. A major oil ... See full summary »

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Lt. Barney Caine LAPD
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Adam Steiffel, Chairman Titan Oil
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Lisa Spangler
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Dr. Abraham Esau, Director Reich Energy
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Arthur Clements
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Kay Neeley
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General Helmut Kladen / Frank Tedesco
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Hans Lehman, Prefect of Police Berlin
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Major Tom Neeley
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Tony
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Dieter Schidor ...
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Schellenberg
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Franz Tauber, Swiss businessman
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A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WW II to make gasoline from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil--and oil companies. A major oil company finds out about it and tries to destroy the formula and anyone who knows about it. Written by Anonymous

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In a world starved for energy, no secret is more valuable. See more »

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Reportedy, Marlon Brando was paid US $ 2.75 million dollars for this movie. Brando worked eleven days and appears in only three scenes. Brando once said that he did this movie for the money as he had been broke at the time. See more »

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When Barney and Lisa travel by train through Switzerland, the train, as seen from the outside, changes between shots. See more »

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Barney Caine: You're not in the oil business; you're in the oil shortage business!
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References Little Caesar (1931) See more »

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Thought Provoking Material
9 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it came out in 1980 and enjoyed it immensely with all of the twists and turns keeping me thinking the whole time. Yes, Marlon and George were perfect for their respective roles. Brando playing the aging corporate bad guy who knows the score, and Scott an over the hill cop who gets his teeth into something he just can't seem to let go of. Both, to me, fit their respective characters well. The nature of the plot, although kept vague was necessary for the internal intrigue to build. Still, many did not like this forced need to contemplate the many aspects of this film as it was being seen. Yet, I wonder if those who did not enjoy this movie as I did might not find it more interesting if viewed today with gas heading toward $4 and then maybe $5 a gallon? Does everyone need to have everything shown to them in a movie or am I just one of the few who's head doesn't hurt when I use it for what it was designed to do? Enjoy this movie for what it is, a commentary on human greed and power.


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