Formula 51

October 18th, 2002


Formula 51

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An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.1/10 (26,840 voted)

Critic's Score: 23/100

Director: Ronny Yu

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer

Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort and his ex-girlfriend and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses.

Samuel L. Jackson - Elmo McElroy
Nigel Whitmey - L.A. Highway Patrol
Robert Jezek - Priest
Emily Mortimer - Dakota Parker
Meat Loaf - The Lizard
Jake Abraham - Konokko
Mac McDonald - Mr. Davidson
Aaron Swartz - Mr. Yuri
David Webber - Mr. Jones
Michael J. Reynolds - Mr. Escobar
Sonny Muslim - Boy in Plane
Barbara Barnes - Boy's Mother
Junix Inocian - Mr. Ho-Fat
Robert Carlyle - Felix DeSouza
Paul Barber - Frederick

Taglines: Have a Nice Trip


Official Website: Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 18 October 2002

Filming Locations: 1302 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £913,239 (UK) (9 December 2001) (311 Screens)

Gross: $5,204,007 (USA) (10 November 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This is the second film 'Robert Carlyle' and Paul Barber have done together. The first was The Full Monty in 1997.

Boom mic visible: When Elmo and Iki are talking in the stadium box during the final match, you can see the boom mic drop in the scene for a second.

[first lines]
Elmo: I mean, rules are like, arbitrary, you know. Made up for people who believe in fairy tales like, you know, like Santa Claus. Hey, but not us, right? I mean, we know what's important. There's a war going on, man. A war. Ain't that a bitch?
[cop sucks his teeth]
Elmo: I just graduated today, man. With honors. Got my degree in pharmacology. I'm licensed. Look, if you write me up on this drug charge, I won't be able to practice. So what we're talking about here is, is my life. The rest of it.
[cop lights joint, takes one hit, then discards it]

User Review

Formula 51 (as it's also known) rocks!

Rating: 9/10

What do you get when you put Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Meatloaf, Rhys Ifans, and Emily Mortimer together in a movie? A rollicking good time! This movie is pure entertainment and has some very, very funny moments. The dialogue is mostly tongue-in-cheek and snappy. The soundtrack is excellent (this coming from someone who doesn't really like techno, club, rap, or hip-hop music), and I would definitely buy this movie to watch again. It may not be for everyone, but the cast is first-rate; the story line believable, and seeing Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt couldn't be beat! I give this movie a 9 out of 10. It's not Academy Award material, but who cares!


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