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The Formula (1980)

R 1980-12-19 (US) ThrillerMysteryCrime 1h 57m
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Big Oil. Big Money. Big Mystery. Everyone’s out to make a killing.


While investigating the death of a friend and fellow cop, Los Angeles police officer Barney Caine 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, who clearly has his own agenda regarding the formula.

  1. Steve Shagan

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. John G. Avildsen


Top Billed Cast

  1. George C. Scott

    George C. Scott

    Barney Caine

  2. Marlon Brando

    Marlon Brando

    Adam Steiffel

  3. Marthe Keller

    Marthe Keller


  4. John Gielgud

    John Gielgud

    Dr. Abraham Esau

  5. G. D. Spradlin

    G. D. Spradlin

    Arthur Clements

  6. Beatrice Straight

    Beatrice Straight

    Kay Neeley

  7. Richard Lynch

    Richard Lynch

    General Helmut Kladen / Frank Tedesco

  8. John van Dreelen

    John van Dreelen

    Hans Lehman

  9. Robin Clarke

    Robin Clarke

    Major Tom Neeley

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The Formula
The Formula

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $13,200,000.00

Revenue $8,894,289.00


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