The Formula 1980

The Formula

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While investigating the death of a friend and fellow cop, Los Angeles police officer Barney Caine (George C. Scott) stumbles across evidence that Nazis created a synthetic alternative to gasoline during World War II. This revelation has the potential to end the established global oil industry, making the formula a very valuable and dangerous piece of information. Eventually, Caine must contend with oil tycoon Adam Steiffel (Marlon Brando), who clearly has his own agenda regarding the formula.

Cast & Crew

George C. Scott
Lt. Barney Caine LAPD
Marlon Brando
Adam Steiffel
Marthe Keller
Lisa Spangler
Calvin Jung
Sergeant Louis Yosuta LAPD Tactical Squad
John Gielgud
Dr. Abraham Esau
Richard Lynch
General Helmut Kladen, Frank Tedesco
Robin Clarke
Major Tom Neeley
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Critic Reviews for The Formula

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (7)

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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