R | | Crime, Thriller
The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it.
Despite "also starring" billing, Sir John Gielgud had only one scene.
Paul Obermann, Chief Engineer Berlin Power & Light Co.:
In Germany, one does not bring police into matters which concern the past.
At the beginning of The Formula, a Nazi General is given the task of driving a truck to the Swiss border. In the next scene the truck has been captured by the US Army. The scene is shot in the snow. This is supposed to take place in the first week of May 1945. There is nowhere that would be covered in snow between Berlin and the Swiss border in May, even if he went the long way i.e. via Austria.
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$842,985 (USA) (21 December 1980)