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The Formula (1980)

The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of WW2, is sought after by some who aim to sell it and by others who wish to destroy it.

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Kay Neeley
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General Helmut Kladen / Frank Tedesco
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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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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fórmula  »

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Budget:

$13,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$842,985, 21 December 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,894,289, 31 December 1981
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1.85 : 1
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Despite "also starring" billing, John Gielgud has only one scene. See more »

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At the beginning of The Formula, a Nazi General is given the task of driving a truck to the Swiss border. In the next scene the truck has been captured by the US Army. The scene is shot in the snow. This is supposed to take place in the first week of May 1945. There is nowhere that would be covered in snow between Berlin and the Swiss border in May, even if he went the long way i.e. via Austria. See more »

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Barney Caine: You trade lives and human dignity for profit.
Adam Steiffel, Chairman Titan Oil: "Money, not morality, is the principal commerce of civilized nations." Thomas Jefferson, 200 years ago. That is the philosophy that built this nation.
Barney Caine: What do you know about this nation? When did you ever give a second thought to American citizens? You're the reason their money's worthless. You're the reason old people are eating out of garbage cans, and kids get killed in bullshit wars. You're not in the oil business, you're in the oil shortage ...
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A vindication of the adage "The more things change the more they stay the same."
15 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a story about a man who discovers an evil plot and risks everything to thwart the scheme. He opposes the ultimate "establishment" and is weighed and found wanting when the time comes to take the final step to expose the ruling classes' determination to keep the lower class lower and the super upper class on top. After all his risks and frustrations and dangers the invisible powers that "be" casually regain the upper hand as if nothing has happened and once again it is business as usual. The movie is a powerful subliminal civics lesson for young people. The antithesis is another Marlon Brando movie titled "Burn." I suggest you see that one also.


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