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Formula 51 (2001)
"The 51st State" (original title)

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An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

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Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort and his ex-girlfriend and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses. Written by Anonymous

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In a world of shady characters and dirty deals, this is just business as usual. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$57,988 (South Africa) (31 January 2003)

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$57,988 (South Africa) (31 January 2003)
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Tim Roth originally planned for this to be his directorial debut. See more »

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When Elmo and Felix are driving around Liverpool, they go from Liverpool town center to Old Swan (about 4 miles away), then back to the town center in a matter of seconds. See more »

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[first lines]
Elmo: I mean, rules are like, arbitrary, you know. Made up for people who believe in fairy tales like, you know, like Santa Claus. Hey, but not us, right? I mean, we know what's important. There's a war going on, man. A war. Ain't that a bitch?
[cop sucks his teeth]
Elmo: I just graduated today, man. With honors. Got my degree in pharmacology. I'm licensed. Look, if you write me up on this drug charge, I won't be able to practice. So what we're talking about here is, is my life. The rest of it.
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Spoofs Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) See more »

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Written by Buddy Miles (as Miles)
Published by Miles Ahead Music c/o Rondor Music (Ldn) Ltd.
Performed by Buddy Miles
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd. (London)
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division, Part of the Universal Music Group
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Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson) was a peaceful druggie who got pinched after graduating pharmacology in 1971. 30 years later, he is a hustler chemist drug dealer. Dakota Parker (Emily Mortimer) is a hot assassin and The Lizard (Meat Loaf) is the boss. Elmo has created a new drug, double crosses The Lizard, and heads off to England to sell the formula to Durant. The Lizard offers to wipe clean Dakota's marker plus $250k more to get Elmo and Durant within 48 hours. Felix DeSouza (Robert Carlyle) is one of Durant's man who Dakota knows from her past. Then the Lizard complicates things further by wanting Elmo back alive.

Director Ronny Yu tries to push all kinds of weird stuff as he mangles the Guy Ritchie style. It's a pale imitation. At least Jackson and Carlyle have some fun. Emily Mortimer has never been that super hot model that this role seems to call for. The jokes don't come off well. Everybody is playing crazy for crazy's sake. It gets interesting every once in awhile but it is never quite good enough.


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