The Formula
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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"plays like a tedious checklist of murders without a score card."
‑ Paul Brenner,
"A potentially fascinating subject is torpedoed by an overplotted and overloaded script, and opaque direction."
‑ , Film4
"its completely muddled plot is a disaster: There can be no joy in unraveling a plot that is a mystery even to itself."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Only Marlon Brando in a small role as a daffy oil tycoon gives the film some spark."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The murder scene is littered with so many red herrings it might as well be a delicatessen."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The Formula is an intriguing thriller that raises many questions about business ethics and the moral bankruptcy of the very rich."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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