5.6/10
2,140
32 user 14 critic

The Formula (1980)

Trailer
2:29 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level. When his gardener's son is brutally beaten up by the police ... See full summary »

Director: Euzhan Palcy
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Genoese navigator overcomes intrigue in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and gains financing for his expedition to the East Indies.

Director: John Glen
Stars: Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Georges Corraface
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ambitious scholar becomes the ambassador of Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war is brewing.

Director: George Englund
Stars: Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church
Burn! (1969)
Certificate: GP Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to... See full summary »

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Stars: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori
Morituri (1965)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

Director: Bernhard Wicki
Stars: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin
Julius Caesar (1953)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason
Free Money (1998)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Marlon Brando, Donald Sutherland, Charlie Sheen
Bedtime Story (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two scam artists prey on women for their money. They clash in a Mediterranean hot spot. Will the cultured, high-class con artist come out on top, or will the rough small-change scammer rise to win the wager?

Director: Ralph Levy
Stars: Marlon Brando, David Niven, Shirley Jones
Murder, Inc. (1960)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter.

Directors: Burt Balaban, Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In post-WWII Japan, an American captain is brought in to help build a school, but the locals want a teahouse instead.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barney Caine
... Adam Steiffel
... Lisa
... Dr. Esau
... Clements
... Kay Neeley
... Kladen / Tedesco
... Hans Lehman
Robin Clarke ... Major Neeley
... Tony
... Geologist #1
Dieter Schidor ... Assassin
Werner Kreindl ... Schellenberg
... Gestapo Captain
... Franz Tauber
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In a world starved for energy, no secret is more valuable. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fórmula  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$13,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$842,985, 21 December 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,894,289, 31 December 1981
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the final film for Marlon Brando before his self-imposed retirement from acting. Brando did not appear in another feature film until A Dry White Season (1989), a gap of almost a decade. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of The Formula, a Nazi General is given the task of driving a truck to the Swiss border. In the next scene the truck has been captured by the US Army. The scene is shot in the snow. This is supposed to take place in the first week of May 1945. There is nowhere that would be covered in snow between Berlin and the Swiss border in May, even if he went the long way i.e. via Austria. See more »

Quotes

Barney Caine: Let me tell you something. If I didn't have a son that still loved me, I'd blow your fuckin' brains out all over that wall back there... right here, right now. But I'm not in the murder business... and you're not worth one more minute of my time.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Enjoyable hokum
16 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I give this a high rating simply because of George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, who rise above muddled material and breathe life into an otherwise clunky TV movie. The plot is basically oil/greed ripping off the nation, and if I didn't know better I'd say Brando was channelling Dick Cheney, but the music and the script and the camera work (zooms, anyone?) are so cheesy that it's hard to stay with this movie.

However. The performances are fresh and fun and strangely lively, all the actors are magnificent, and true or not- it's a nice little commentary on modern greed in America (and the world).

A fun watch if you've nothing better to do than watch great actors go head to head.


23 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed