The Formula Movie Review 1980

Information and Film Reviews for The Formula the Movie

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Convoluted story about a secret formula for synthetic fuel that meanders it's way from the end of WWII to the present. A U.S. soldier waylays, and then joins forces with, a German general entrusted with the formula. Years later, after the American is murdered, his friend, a hard-nosed L.A. cop, starts investigating, meeting up with spies and a reclusive oil billionaire. Scott and Brando have one good confrontation scene but the rest of the movie is just hot air. From the novel by Steve Shagan.


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Available on VHS
Running time 117 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Black Gold, Spies & Espionage, Cops
Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, Marthe Keller, G.D. Spradlin, Beatrice Straight, John Gielgud, Richard Lynch
John G. Avildsen
Bill Conti
Steve Shagan

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