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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
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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Big Oil. Big Money. Big Mystery. Everyone's out to make a killing. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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La fórmula  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Barney and John leave a room, close the door and enter the corridor, we can read the shadow of the text on the door window on the opposite wall, "453 PRECINCT COORDINATES". However, the text should be mirrored since the door is illuminated from the inside of the room. See more »

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Barney Caine: What about dinner, Hans?
Hans Lehman, Prefect of Police Berlin: Impossible. Two terrorists escaped from Moabit Prison. You know, you have been fortunate in America so far. You haven't experienced organized terrorism.
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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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