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Scorpio (1973)

During the Cold War, the CIA orders free-lance operative Scorpio to assassinate his former CIA mentor Cross and a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues.

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Cross is an old hand at the CIA, in charge of assassinating high-ranking foreign personalities who are an obstacle to the policies of the USA. He often teams up with Frenchman Jean Laurier, alias "Scorpio", a gifted free-lance operative. One day, the CIA orders Scorpio to eliminate Cross -- and leaves him no choice but to obey. Scorpio is cold-blooded and very systematic; however, as a veteran agent, Cross knows many tricks. He can also rely upon a network of unusual personal contacts, some dating back to the troubled years preceding WWII. A lethal game of hide-and-seek is programmed, but what are the true motives of every single player? Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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When Scorpio wants you... there is no place to hide! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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19 April 1973 (USA)  »

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Dangerfield  »

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Trivia

It is rumored that Burt Lancaster had in his contract that his gymnastic equipment be shipped, set up and struck at each location so he could work out to keep in shape. See more »

Goofs

In the alley just prior to the rear-ending of the tail car the tail says "I can't see him, he must have got out and run" yet Cross' car's brake lights are clearly on, meaning somebody is in the car with their foot on the brake pedal. See more »

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Jean 'Scorpio' Laurier: [speaking of his cats] They were bred to be degenerate.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) See more »

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Beer Garden Waltz
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Music by Hugo de Groot
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Languid and over-plotted.

"Scorpio" is too talky and over-plotted. It becomes difficult after the opening scene to figure out what's going on and it stays that way. The action scenes are far and few between and the tedium is rampant throughout. Michael Winner's direction is almost non-existent. The running time doesn't help matters, at 15 minutes should have been edited from the final version. Burt Lancaster and Paul Schofield act well and their scenes are good. For a man of 59, Lancaster is remarkably fit and he can still perform the athletics. This film could have been better but it's a long haul.......


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