Formula 51

October 18, 2002 0 By Fans
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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

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


Emily Mortimer

Dakota Parker

Meat Loaf

The Lizard

Jake Abraham


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


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


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

Gross: $5,204,007
(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]

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]

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!