Lt. Barney Caine of the Los Angeles Police Department (George C. Scott) is investigating the murder of a friend and finds him linked to a mysterious plot involving a formula devised by the Nazis in WWII to make gasoline from synthetic products which if manufactured would kill the oil industry. Adam Steiffel, Chairman of Titan Oil (Marlon Brando) and other leaders of the major oil industries leading companies are in a deadly battle to find the formula and destroy it at any cost. What happens when the oil runs out? Two men know. They both want...The Formula.