The Formula (1980)

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Movie basic details

Current status - Released
Total runtime - 117 mins.
Release date - 19-12-1980
Release year - 1980
Genres - Thriller

Overall ratings and scores for The Formula:
Happiness Score - 5.7/10, World Popularity Score - 4.276/100, IMDB Score - 5.6, Metascore - N/A, Internet Movie Database - 5.6/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 30%, .
The Formula movie has Total Global Votes - 35, Total IMD Votes - 2,704

The Formula Movie Introduction: Movie The Formula, release year 1980 is written by Steve Shagan and directed by John G. Avildsen. The leading star-cast in this movie are George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller along with the other stars and crew members.

Trailers, Clips, Featurettes and Behind the Scenes


The Formula - Trailer

The Formula 1980 TV trailer

Movie overview and plot by

Movie in-short: The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it.

Movie story-line: 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.

Movie synopsis: A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in World War II to make fuel from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil, and oil companies. A major oil company finds out about it and tries to destroy the formula, and anyone who knows about it.

Highlights - The Formula (1980)

Total budget - $0.00
Total revenue - $8,894,289.00
Produced by - Metro-Goldwyn-MayerCIP Filmproduktion GmbH
Produced in - GermanyUnited States of America
Available languages - English (English), German (Deutsch), Spanish (Español),
Homepage URL -
Awards won / Nominations - Nominated for 1 Oscar. 7 nominations total
Certificate(s) -

Lead Actors, Writer(s), Director(s) of The Formula (1980)

Lead Actors - George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller
Writer(s) - Steve Shagan
Director(s) - John G. Avildsen

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) about The Formula (1980)

What is the release date of The Formula (1980)?
Release date of The Formula (1980) is 19-12-1980.


What is the total runtime of The Formula (1980) in minutes?
Total runtime of The Formula (1980) in minutes is 117 min.


What is the budget consumed to produce The Formula (1980) movie?
The budget consumed to produce The Formula (1980) movie is around $0.00.


How much revenue is expected from movie The Formula (1980)?
Expected revenue from movie movie The Formula (1980) is around $8,894,289.00.


What is the pupularity of The Formula (1980)?
Worldwide pupularity of The Formula (1980) movie is 4.276%.


What is the name of the production company of film The Formula (1980)?
Production company of film The Formula (1980) is/are Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, CIP Filmproduktion GmbH, .


Which country the film The Formula (1980) is produced in?
Film production country for the film The Formula (1980) is Germany, United States of America, .


Which language the film The Formula (1980) is produced in?
Film The Formula (1980) is produced in English (English), German (Deutsch), Spanish (Español), language(s).


Which Genre the film The Formula (1980) belongs to?
Movie The Formula (1980) is categorized under Crime, Thriller genre(s).


Who are the lead actors of the film The Formula (1980)?
Lead actors of the film The Formula (1980) are George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller.


Who is the writer of the film The Formula (1980)?
The writer(s) of the film The Formula (1980) is/are Steve Shagan.


Who is the director of the film The Formula (1980)?
The director(s) of the film The Formula (1980) is/are John G. Avildsen.


Which awards, nominations and recognitions are won by The Formula (1980) movie?
Movie The Formula (1980) has Nominated for 1 Oscar. 7 nominations total awards and nomination in it's profile.


What is the story of The Formula (1980) in-short?
Short plot of movie The Formula (1980): The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it..


What is the full story of The Formula (1980) movie?
Full plot of movie The Formula (1980): A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in World War II to make fuel from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil, and oil companies. A major oil company finds out about it and tries to destroy the formula, and anyone who knows about it..


Where to find full details of The Formula (1980) movie?
You can find the full details of movie The Formula (1980) at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080754


Where to stream or watch movie The Formula (1980) online?
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List of full Starcast and crew members of The Formula (1980)

Full Starcast:

profie photo of George C. ScottName: George C. Scott
Character: Barney Caine

profie photo of Marlon BrandoName: Marlon Brando
Character: Adam Steiffel

profie photo of Marthe KellerName: Marthe Keller
Character: Lisa

profie photo of John GielgudName: John Gielgud
Character: Dr. Abraham Esau

profie photo of G. D. SpradlinName: G. D. Spradlin
Character: Arthur Clements

profie photo of Beatrice StraightName: Beatrice Straight
Character: Kay Neeley

profie photo of Richard LynchName: Richard Lynch
Character: General Helmut Kladen / Frank Tedesco

profie photo of John van DreelenName: John van Dreelen
Character: Hans Lehman

profie photo of Robin ClarkeName: Robin Clarke
Character: Major Tom Neeley

profie photo of Ike EisenmannName: Ike Eisenmann
Character: Tony

profie photo of Marshall ThompsonName: Marshall Thompson
Character: Geologist #1

profie photo of Dieter SchidorName: Dieter Schidor
Character: Assassin

profie photo of Werner KreindlName: Werner Kreindl
Character: Schellenberg

profie photo of Jan NiklasName: Jan Niklas
Character: Gestapo Captain

profie photo of Wolfgang PreissName: Wolfgang Preiss
Character: Franz Tauber

profie photo of Calvin JungName: Calvin Jung
Character: Sgt. Yosuta

profie photo of Alan NorthName: Alan North
Character: Nolan

profie photo of David ByrdName: David Byrd
Character: Obermann

profie photo of Ferdy MayneName: Ferdy Mayne
Character: Siebold

profie photo of Gerard MurphyName: Gerard Murphy
Character: Chauffeur

profie photo of Francisco PradoName: Francisco Prado
Character: Mendosa

profie photo of Louis BasileName: Louis Basile
Character: Vince Rizzo

profie photo of Ric ManciniName: Ric Mancini
Character: Printman

profie photo of Weston GavinName: Weston Gavin
Character: U.S. Army Captain

profie photo of Craig T. NelsonName: Craig T. Nelson
Character: Geologist #2

profie photo of Herb VolandName: Herb Voland
Character: Geologist #3

profie photo of Diane TylerName: Diane Tyler
Character: Telex Operator

profie photo of Nathan RobertsName: Nathan Roberts
Character: Reporter

Crew Members:

profie photo of Bill ContiName: Bill Conti
Department: Sound
Job/Role: Original Music Composer

profie photo of Bill ThomasName: Bill Thomas
Department: Costume & Make-Up
Job/Role: Costume Design

profie photo of James CrabeName: James Crabe
Department: Camera
Job/Role: Director of Photography

profie photo of John G. AvildsenName: John G. Avildsen
Department: Directing
Job/Role: Director

profie photo of Caro JonesName: Caro Jones
Department: Production
Job/Role: Casting

profie photo of Steve ShaganName: Steve Shagan
Department: Writing
Job/Role: Screenplay

profie photo of Steve ShaganName: Steve Shagan
Department: Production
Job/Role: Producer

profie photo of Steve ShaganName: Steve Shagan
Department: Writing
Job/Role: Novel

profie photo of Herman A. BlumenthalName: Herman A. Blumenthal
Department: Art
Job/Role: Production Design

profie photo of Evelyn DöhringName: Evelyn Döhring
Department: Costume & Make-Up
Job/Role: Makeup & Hair

profie photo of Ken SworName: Ken Swor
Department: Production
Job/Role: Associate Producer

profie photo of Del AcevedoName: Del Acevedo
Department: Costume & Make-Up
Job/Role: Makeup Artist

profie photo of Hasso von HugoName: Hasso von Hugo
Department: Costume & Make-Up
Job/Role: Makeup Artist

profie photo of Lee PollName: Lee Poll
Department: Art
Job/Role: Set Decoration

profie photo of John CarterName: John Carter
Department: Editing
Job/Role: Editor

profie photo of Jo McCarthyName: Jo McCarthy
Department: Costume & Make-Up
Job/Role: Hairstylist

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Reviews Section

rated 3 out of 5
July 18, 2021

_**Odd, talky, convoluted, but worthwhile**_ Released in 1980, "The Formula" is a star-studded crime/thriller about a Los Angeles detective (George C. Scott) who investigates the murder of his friend, a retired cop, which leads to Germany and a Nazi formula for synthetic fuel that big oil naturally wants to suppress at all costs. Marlon Brando plays a shady oil tycoon but only appears for roughly 17 minutes of the almost 2-hour runtime. The film is top-of-the-line as far as cast, location, cinematography and score go. It starts off like a Dirty Harry flick substituting Scott for Eastwood with his Asian sidekick, but the plot's complicated and there's not enough action for Dirty Harry fans. The rest of the film seems like an episode of Columbo mixed with Scott's "Hardcore" (1979) where he goes undercover in Southern California investigating his daughter's disappearance. The highlights include the WW2 & Nazi elements, acting giants Scott and Brando, the lovely Marthe Keller, the rest of the cast, the great locations (California, Germany and Switzerland) and the emphasis on dialogue above thrills, which may be a detriment to some. Regarding the Nazi elements, there's a brief strip club scene in Europe where Nazi imagery is used as a backdrop for the dancers, fittingly showing how yesterday's unspeakable horrors are forgotten by the next generation and utilized for entertainment or recreation. Brando has proved time and again that he has a knack for playing weird, quirky characters ("The Missouri Breaks", "Apocalypse Now", "The Godfather" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau") and he does this here with his portrayal of an oil executive based on Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum, but with so-so results. Still, you've gotta give him credit for trying and Brando is always entertaining. The main problem here is the convoluted plot. There are so many names it's hard to keep up. So I recommend using the subtitles as it helps you keep track. Another issue is how the fate of certain people is redundant and therefore becomes predictable (I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil anything). So "The Formula" is a mixed bag, but its strengths outweigh it's weaknesses. It's worthwhile if you're a fan of the stars and if you're in the mood for a thought-provoking, globetrotting crime/drama/thriller that's heavy on talk and light on thrills. GRADE: B-


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