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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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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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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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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fórmula  »

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Budget:

$13,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$842,985 (USA) (21 December 1980)
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Novelist-writer-producer Steve Shagan got the idea for "The Formula" novel when he was doing research for the Voyage of the Damned (1976) screenplay. 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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Hans Lehman, Prefect of Police Berlin: I must advise you, we may require some more questions at a later date.
Lisa Spangler: You may require questions? You bring me here at a time of sorrow asking questions. Stupid questions. While my uncle is murdered in a public place. I have only contempt for you and your so-called profession.
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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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