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The Formula (1980)

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With George C. Scott and Marlon Brando heading the cast, The Formula should have been far better than it is. Adapted by Steve Shagan from his own best-selling novel, the film is predicated on the concept that a formula for synthetic fuel had been developed by the Nazis during WW II. In the intervening 35 years since the war's end, the formula has disappeared and several people connected with it have died under mysterious circumstances. Also during this period, oil magnate Adam Steiffel (Marlon

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Nov 7, 2006

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

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January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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its completely muddled plot is a disaster: There can be no joy in unraveling a plot that is a mystery even to itself.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The murder scene is littered with so many red herrings it might as well be a delicatessen.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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plays like a tedious checklist of murders without a score card.

January 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Only Marlon Brando in a small role as a daffy oil tycoon gives the film some spark.

August 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The Formula is an intriguing thriller that raises many questions about business ethics and the moral bankruptcy of the very rich.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A potentially fascinating subject is torpedoed by an overplotted and overloaded script, and opaque direction.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Formula

I didn't think a movie staring two such great actors would be this boring, but wow, it could not keep my interest at all. Not even sure what the plot was supposed to be.
February 15, 2013
ajv2688

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This started out as a WWII Film and I was just sitting down and getting ready to enjoy what looked to be a somewhat promising war movie, when all of a sudden we were throw forward by a number of years. That was the first surprise. Anyway George C Scott plays a LA Cop who uncovers a plot involving a Nazi Formula for Synthetic Fuel. The second Surprise was that Hollywood was still doing a Nazi theme in 1980, the third and final surprise was that the oil Tycoon was none other then Marlon Brando, I sure didn't recognize him. Scott travels to Berlin to try and track down the ring responsible for his friends death. There's plenty of good acting and action, and if you consider the film date 1980 its a thriller worth 3 1/2 stars.
September 18, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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Even though he's being fed his lines through a visible hearing aid, Marlon Brando still pulls off an excellent performance that serves as the highlight of this flop. George C. Scott fights to pull a compelling character out of an essentially hollow protagonist, and he does a pretty good job overall. The film itself is muddled, confusing and extremely tedious. The mystery never really adds up to anything, and by the end I simply didn't care anymore.
October 25, 2009
michaelcorleone

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In light of the current geo-political context, this film, while no intellectual breakthrough, is more relevant than ever.
August 14, 2009
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