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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elmo McElroy
Nigel Whitmey ... L.A. Highway Patrol
Robert Jezek ... Priest
... Dakota Parker
... The Lizard
Jake Abraham ... Konokko
... Mr. Davidson
Aaron Swartz ... Mr. Yuri
... Mr. Jones
... Mr. Escobar
Sonny Muslim ... Boy in Plane
Barbara Barnes ... Boy's Mother
... Mr. Ho-Fat
... Felix DeSouza
... Frederick
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Storyline

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.

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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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18 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Formula 51  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£913,239 (United Kingdom), 9 December 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,817,719, 20 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,204,007, 10 November 2002
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According to Emily Mortimer, she hated working in this film so much, that she would cry to her mother over the phone. See more »

Goofs

When Dakota is driving to Vegas and talking to the Lizard on the phone, you can see the telephone poles passing by to her left. Then we see an aerial shot of her pulling over, and the telephone poles are on her right. When she turns around and the aerial shot pulls back, you can see the telephone poles are only on one side of the road, and would not have been visible to her left when she was driving the other way. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Shortly after the credits start there is a short segment with Elmo on the Golf Course outside the castle on the post card See more »

Connections

References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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Take the Money and Run
Written by Steve Miller (as Miller)
Published by Sailor Music - All rights on behalf of Sailor Music
Administered by Windswept Music (Ldn) Ltd.
Performed by Run-D.M.C. (as RUN DMC)
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment Intl (UK & Ireland) Ltd.
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Just say no to the red pills
7 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

From start to finish this film is a great laugh, it never takes itself seriously. The characters aren't consciously making jokes, what they say is just inherently funny. Be warned though if you don't like swearing in your films this isn't the one for you as just about every line contains more than one obscenity.

The film stars Samuel L Jackson as an ultra-cool, kilt wearing drugs chemist wanting to make one high-profit deal, Robert Carlyle as a Liverpool gangster and Emily Mortimer as the hottest assassin I've seen in a film.

I won't post any spoilers but if you enjoy films with car chases, funny dialogue and over the top action involving guns, golf clubs and heavy duty laxatives then this is the film for you.


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