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The Formula (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  19 December 1980 (USA)
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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
John Van Dreelen ...
Hans Lehman, Prefect of Police Berlin
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Major Tom Neeley
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Tony
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Geologist #1
Dieter Schidor ...
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Werner Kreindl ...
Schellenberg
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Gestapo Captain
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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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What happens when the oil runs out? Two men know. They both want... The Formula. See more »

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Marthe Keller replaced Dominique Sanda on this picture. George C. Scott allegedly stated during rehearsal readings that that Sanda's French accent was too thick for him to understand. Sanda was reportedly paid out her contract which amounted to approximately US $ 350, 000. 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: [Barney Caine to Sgt. Yosuta] Check the car.
Barney Caine: [Sgt. Yosuta] Lieutenant Caine, I gotta talk to you. You know, we're supposed to be working this case together, so let's get some ground rules straight-up front. I have a name and I'd like you to use it-understood?
Barney Caine: You're absolutely right. I should have said, "Check the cars, Louis", or, "Would you be good enough to check the cars, Sergeant Yosuta?" but it's Sunday and I'm not with my son and it bothers me, so you'll forgive my sudden lack of charm, ...
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The Formula for tedium
21 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Pitched as 'the movie the oil companies don't want you to see' but instead proving to be the movie nobody wanted to see, The Formula is a classic example of how blockbuster novels so often turn into mundane films. It has a solid cast, a solid script, solid production values – everything, in fact, but a reason to watch it. It's one of those lethargic thrillers where cardboard characters constantly talk to each other about things that happened offscreen and which the film would have been far better showing us as George C. Scott's LA cop uncovers a conspiracy involving a Nazi formula for synthetic fuel that Marlon Brando's eccentric oilman wants kept under lock and key so he can artificially inflate the price of oil. The teaming of Oscar's two most famous refusniks sadly provides no sparks – indeed, there seemed to be more drama offscreen between director John G. Avildsen and writer/producer Steve Shagan over the re-editing of the film, resulting in a compromise cut that probably satisfied no-one (it's a genuine surprise to find them jovially sharing the audio commentary on Warners' new DVD). Not that it seems that anyone else was so passionate about the film: there's no shortage of class talent here (John Gielgud and Beatrice Straight also turn up), but it's clear that the paycheck is of more interest to them than the script and they're just slumming it. Not a terrible movie, just a rather flat, uneventful and predictable one.


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