The Formula [Thinpak] R

Big Oil. Big Money. Big Mystery. Everyone’s out to make a killing.
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item number:  XD 79377D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 19, 1980
  • Originally Released: 1980
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by director John G. Avildsen and screenwriter Steve Shagan
    • Marlon Brando movie trailer gallery
    • Languages: English & Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 10


User Ratings: 1,023
The Formula is an intriguing thriller that raises many questions about business ethics and the moral bankruptcy of the very rich. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Jan 29, 2004
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: 2/4 -- its completely muddled plot is a disaster: There can be no joy in unraveling a plot that is a mystery even to itself. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rating: 2/5 -- plays like a tedious checklist of murders without a score card. Full Review
Jan 25, 2009
Rating: 2/5 -- The murder scene is littered with so many red herrings it might as well be a delicatessen.
New York Times
Aug 31, 2004
Rating: C+ -- Only Marlon Brando in a small role as a daffy oil tycoon gives the film some spark. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 30, 2008
A potentially fascinating subject is torpedoed by an overplotted and overloaded script, and opaque direction. Full Review
May 24, 2003

Product Description:

Director John G. Avildsen's mystery thriller, adapted by Steve Shagan from his best-selling novel, stars George C. Scott as police officer Barney Caine, who uncovers a mysterious secret while investigating the murder of a friend. During World War II, a German general had in his possession a valuable formula for synthetic fuel. He was kidnapped by U.S. major Robin Clarke, who stole the secret. Decades later, Clarke is murdered, and the documents that contain the formula disappear once again. Caine sets out to solve the murder and find the missing papers. During his investigation, Caine discovers that his buddy engaged in numerous underhanded activities and that the people he questions develop a strange habit of dying violently. In his struggles to unearth the truth, Caine comes face-to-face with powerful oil magnate Adam Steiffel (Marlon Brando), who will stop at nothing to keep the top-secret formula hidden. A daring suspense film, THE FORMULA highlights the charismatic acting of Scott and Brando.

Plot Synopsis:

In THE FORMULA, Officer Barney Caine investigates the murder of a friend that leads him to a 40-year-old secret kept hidden from the public by an international oil cartel--a cheap method to make synthetic gasoline.


Production Notes:

  • THE FORMULA was Marlon Brando's last screen appearance before a prolonged absence from films that continued until A DRY WHITE SEASON in 1989.

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  • UPC: 012569793774
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