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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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The MGM Studio offered to make this movie with novelist-writer Steve Shagan whilst he was still writing the novel of "The Formula". MGM had been influenced by the energy crisis media headlines of the time. The storyline of the novel and its filmed adaptation involves synthetic fuel. 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: Doctor, Mr. Reimeck told us that you had been captured by the Russians.
Dr. Abraham Esau, Director Reich Energy: The Mongolians came into the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. They swarmed into my office still wearing their white winter uniforms in May. They kept flushing my toilet over and over. Can you believe? The German nation defeated by men who have never seen a toilet.
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" Want to know why fuel is so high, don't ask me, I'm only a customer "
21 September 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Steve Shagan wrote this novel long before the film emerged and became a prophetic warning to the world. After reading the story, I concluded the book is much more informative and a hell of a lot more more interesting. Still, the power of George C. Scott makes for a good understanding of the world's fuel problems and the greedy men who neatly arrange for it's sale and distribution. John G. Avidsen directed this film and although he used the star power of Marlon Brando to attract a large audience, he fail to capitalized on the combination of his leading men. The story as found in the novel begins with the murder of a retired LAPD police officer and assigned to Lt. Barney Caine (George C. Scott). Although evidence suggests the dead Officer died from Cocaine, Caine suspects it was blatant murder. With a gut feeling and growing suspicion of multiple involvement by others, Caine travels to Europe to learn who was behind the killings in America. This eventually leads to Adam Steiffel (Marlon Brando) a very rich and powerful Oil Executive based in the US who explains where and how the world works. A Plethora of Hollywood stars including John Gielgud, Marshall Thompson and Wolfgang Preiss, makes for a solid movie, but one wonders why Brando is only given minimal screen exposure. Still, with name recognition alone this will become a Classic George C. Scott milestone. ****


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