The Formula

We always say the best music, movies and TV shows have all been made, we’re here to help you remember them all.
1980’s “The Formula” is proof of that.

Whenever you get a movie that features Marlon Brando and George C. Scott together, how bad can it be?

The movie is based on a synthetic fuel that the Nazi’s were working on during WWII. In the movie, “Genesis” was a formula for synthetic fuel that was recovered by the allies at the end of WWII and shelved. The oil companies are the bogeyman in this movies shallow look at it all. If it weren’t for the one on one interaction with Scott and Brando, this movie would be a dud.

George C. Scott is an L.A. detective who is assigned to the murder of his friend and her wife. As the movie unfolds wee begin to learn why and what it was all about. There’s a chilling line in the movie delivered with no soul by Marlon Brando that stands true today… “People don’t want to be leaders, they want to follow someone who they think is wonderful.” Propping up marketed versions of celebrity never seems to end.

The movie was pretty much a dud at the theaters and only got a second life when subscription TV services like ONTV and Spectrum came along in the late 70s’, early 80s (pre-cable) for many across the country. For a while, the movie was only available in a Maarlon Brando box set of DVDs.

Brando made 3 million dollars on a movie that only did about 9 million at the box office.

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