The Formula

Laborious thriller about a formula for synthetic fuel which reaches back to the Nazi past and forward to contemporary terrorism. Avildsen and Steve Shagan (scripting from his own novel) go wildly astray in trying to mine some more of the breast-beating vein they opened up in Save the Tiger, with Brando playing some particularly loony tunes as the tycoon who orates in defence of big business and power games.

Release details

Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John G Avildsen
Screenwriter: Steve Shagan
Cast: George C Scott
Marlon Brando
Marthe Keller
John Gielgud
GD Spradlin
Beatrice Straight
Richard Lynch
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