The Formula

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Based on the novel by Steve Shagan, a conspiracy involving a valuable secret formula for synthetic fuel is uncovered when detective Barney Caine (George C. Scott) begins to probe into the events leading up to a friend's murder. Marlon Brando makes an appearance as oil tycoon Adam Steiffel.

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George C. Scott
as Barney Caine
Marlon Brando
as Adam Steiffel
John Gielgud
as Dr. Esau
G.D. Spradlin
as Clements
John Van Dreelen
as Hans Lehman
Robin Clarke
as Maj. Neeley
Werner Kreindl
as Schellenberg
Jan Niklas
as Gestapo Captain
Wolfgang Preiss
as Franz Tauber
Calvin Jung
as Sgt. Yosuta
David Byrd
as Obermann
Gerry Murphy
as Chauffer
Louis Basile
as Vince Rizzo
Ric Mancini
as Printman
Weston Gavin
as U.S. Army Captain
Craig T. Nelson
as Geologist #2
Jim Breuer
as Security Guard
Lavelle Roby
as Secretary
Ernie Fuentes
as Pool Man
Martin Brandt
as Concierge (German)
Herb Voland
as Geologist #3
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Critic Reviews for The Formula

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Audience Reviews for The Formula

  • Feb 15, 2013
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2009
    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.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2009
    In light of the current geo-political context, this film, while no intellectual breakthrough, is more relevant than ever.
    Steve S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2007
    I saw it once. All star combinations like this are disappointing if you don't get to see the two stars in many scenes together. The plot is muddled.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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