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The Formula (1980)

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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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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Werner Kreindl ...
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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Faithful to his reputation of not learning his lines before coming to the set, Marlon Brando did not use his usual prompt boards on that film. The hearing aid he wears as part of his costume helped him deliver his dialog as it was prompted by an assistant directly into his ear. See more »

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Just as Barney is about to board his plane to leave Germany. His German counterpart has to explain to a woman (in German) at the gate, about his trip and his needs. But after they find out the formula he was carrying is a fraud. Barney begins talking a rapid and agitated manner to the same woman. And now the woman not only seems to understand English very well. But she speaks it as well. 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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A vindication of the adage "The more things change the more they stay the same."
15 April 2006 | by (United States) – 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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