The Formula 41 years old

Big Oil. Big Money. Big Mystery. Everyone’s out to make a killing.

The Formula

A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WW II to make gasoline 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.

Credits

The Formula Cast

Name Character
Beatrice Straight She was 65, 86 years old when she died as Kay Neeley
G. D. Spradlin He was 59, 90 years old when he died as Arthur Clements
George C. Scott He was 52, 71 years old when he died as Lt. Barney Caine LAPD
Marlon Brando He was 55, 80 years old when he died as Adam Steiffel, Chairman Titan Oil
John Gielgud He was 75, 96 years old when he died as Dr. Abraham Esau, Director Reich Energy
Ike Eisenmann He was 17, now 59 years old as Tony
Jan Niklas He was 32, now 74 years old as Gestapo Captain
Werner Kreindl He was 52, 64 years old when he died as Schellenberg
Robin Clarke He was 45, 65 years old when he died as Major Tom Neeley
Richard Lynch He was 39, 72 years old when he died as General Helmut Kladen / Frank Tedesco
Wolfgang Preiss He was 69, 92 years old when he died as Franz Tauber, Swiss businessman
Marshall Thompson He was 54, 66 years old when he died as Geologist #1
Marthe Keller She was 34, now 77 years old as Lisa Spangler
Dieter Schidor He was 31, 39 years old when he died as Assassin
John van Dreelen He was 57, 70 years old when he died as Hans Lehman, Prefect of Police Berlin

The Formula Crew

Name Department
Steve Shagan as Novel. He was 52 (88) years old when He died Writing
Steve Shagan as Screenplay. He was 52 (88) years old when He died Writing
John G. Avildsen as Director. He was 44 (81) years old when He died Directing
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The Formula (41 years)

Big Oil. Big Money. Big Mystery. Everyone’s out to make a killing.

  • Release day: Friday, December 19, 1980
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Revenue: 8894289.00