The Formula

The Formula

George C. Scott
Director: John G. Avildsen Cast: George C. Scott
George C. Scott
, Marthe Keller
Marthe Keller
, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
John G. Avildsen

DVD (Full Frame)

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With George C. Scott and Marlon Brando heading the cast, The Formula should have been far better than it is. Adapted by Steve Shagan from his own best-selling novel, the film is predicated on the concept that a formula for synthetic fuel had been developed by the Nazis during WW II. In the intervening 35 years since the war's end, the formula has disappeared and several people connected with it have died under mysterious circumstances. Also during this period, oil magnate Adam Steiffel (Marlon Brando) had commiserated with one of the decedents. Police officer Barney Caine (George C. Scott), a friend of the dead man, hopes to solve the mystery, and in so doing gets mixed up in a wide-ranging conspiracy to manipulate worldwide fuel prices. Reportedly, The Formula underwent a great deal of editing-room surgery before its release. If so, the editors certainly erred in retaining so many of the film's interminable "steadicam" sequences.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2020
UPC: 0883929709625
Original Release: 1980
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 33,921

Special Features

Commentary by Director John G. Avildsen and Screenwriter Steve Shagan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Barney Caine
Marthe Keller Lisa
Marlon Brando Adam Steiffel
John Gielgud Dr. Esau
John van Dreelen Hans Lehman
Calvin Jung Sgt. Yosuta
G.D. Spradlin Clements
Richard Lynch Kladen/Tedesco
Beatrice Straight Kay Neeley
Robin Clarke Maj. Neeley
Ike Eisenmann Tony
Alan North Nolan
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Siebold
Gerry Murphy Chauffer
David Byrd Obermann
Wolfgang Preiss Franz Tauber
Marshall Thompson Geologist
Dieter Schidor Assassin
Werner Kreindl Schellenberg
Jan Niklas Gestapo Captain
Louis Basile Vince Rizzo
Ric Mancini Printman
Weston Gavin U.S. Army Captain
Craig T. Nelson Geologist #2
Jim Brewer Security Guard
Lavelle Roby Secretary
Albert Carrier Butler
Ernie Fuentes Pool Man
Stephanie Edwards Reporter
Tom Hall Reporter
René Kolldehoff Reimeck
Martin Brandt Concierge (German)
Herb Voland Geologist #3

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director,Editor
Del Acevedo Makeup
Michael Benson Camera Operator
Herman A. Blumenthal Production Designer
David Bretherton Editor
John Carter Editor
Bill Conti Score Composer
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
Holger Gross Production Designer
Hasso Von Hugo Makeup
Caro Jones Casting
Hans-Jurgen Keibach Art Director
Dieter Meyer Production Manager
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Poll Set Decoration/Design
Steve Shagan Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Swor Associate Producer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Dwight Williams Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Formula
255. Scene Selections
1. Credits [2:07]
2. Top-Secret Stuff [6:02]
3. Death of a Friend [4:34]
4. Nobody Has Rights [5:37]
5. Questioning Kay [3:34]
6. Stifling Steiffel Talk [2:44]
7. Another Murder [3:17]
8. Calling Card [2:39]
9. Questioning Steiffel [4:37]
10. Project Genesis [3:24]
11. We are the Arabs [1:58]
12. Arrival in Berlin [3:47]
13. The Formula [5:39]
14. Targets [1:35]
15. Questioning Lisa [5:21]
16. Teaming Up [2:18]
17. Memories Tucked Away [2:05]
18. Tired of Being Lied To [2:25]
19. Sharing Nightmares [4:17]
20. Where Truth Is Found [4:36]
21. Dr. Esau [2:15]
22. Ensure My Immortality [3:54]
23. Documents Sent and Kept [1:42]
24. We've Both Been Used [4:19]
25. Meeting Tedesco [7:29]
26. Transatlantic Danger [4:06]
27. Why all the Masquerade? [3:07]
28. Oil Shortage Business [4:11]
29. Enjoy the Chocolates [5:00]
30. Just Another Customer [3:06]
31. End Credits [2:29]
32. Chapter 32 [2:34]

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