Scorpio 1973 PG

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In a chilling scenario of international espionage and intrigue, Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon star as two adversaries, one a C.I.A. agent, the other a French assassin hired to kill him.

Starring:
Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon
Runtime:
1 hour 55 minutes

Scorpio

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Michael Winner
Starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon
Supporting actors Paul Scofield, John Colicos, Gayle Hunnicutt, J.D. Cannon, Joanne Linville, Mel Stewart, Vladek Sheybal, Mary Maude, Jack Colvin, James Sikking, Burke Byrnes, William Smithers, Shmuel Rodensky, Howard Morton, Celeste Yarnall, Sandor Elès, Frederick Jaeger, George Mikell
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on February 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Burt Lancaster plays an aging CIA agent who's finally had enough of the spy life and wants to quit the business so he can spend more time with his family. But his trecherous Bosses don't want him to quit so they assign Alain Delon A.K.A SCORPIO to eliimate him. Fantastic script Delon's performance in the film is one of his best even if his english is sometimes off a bit. the highlight of the film is the chase sequence between Lancaster & Delon throughout the Streets and Alleyways Of Venice. It's a captivating spy film done with the right amount of action and suspense. Most Of Today's spy films don't even come to this masterpiece. And even if they could they would still fail. This film was a true gem for it's time and cannot and will not ever be replaced or duplicated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Troitino on May 24, 2010
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Excellent espionage movie from the 70's with two great action stars from both sides of the Atlantic..Would recomemd it to all Delon's and Lancaster's fans..good DVD quality with excellent sound...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Though the plot is somewhat muddled, locations change at a dizzying speed between Washington, Vienna, and Paris, has some improbable situations, and occasionally stilted dialogue, it's highly entertaining, and has an excellent cast, especially Alain Delon.
He's fabulous as "code name: Scorpio", conveying so much meaning with the subtlest of gestures. He's also superb in the action scenes, so lithe and fast, and seems to be doing all his own stunt work...and he certainly must be one of the most spectacularly gorgeous actors to have ever graced the screen.
To top it off, Scorpio has a sensitive side: He likes flowers, and most of all, cats...enough to make a woman's heart flutter !
Lancaster is very good as Cross, the spy who wants to get "out of the game", Paul Scofield is great as always as his Russian cohort, and Joanne Linville lovely as Cross' wife.
The cinematography (Robert Paytner) is exceptional, and Jerry Fielding's marvelous score is atmospheric and at times almost symphonic.
You may have to see it several times to make any sense of the plot, but this is a very watchable film, has a lot going for it in many ways, and it has to be Delon's finest English speaking performance, which is a good enough reason to make this one a keeper.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Frangie on January 13, 2007
Format: DVD
Retirement is not always possible for a spy, particularly an agent caught in the no-man's-land between the two superpowers... Cross (Burt Lancaster) is such a spy in Michael Winner's 'Scorpio.'

Released at a time when disclosures about CIA and FBI abuses were receiving wider acceptance, 'Scorpio' might have become a controversial success, but was forestalled by Costa-Gavras' more factual 'State of Siege.'

A melodramatic and threatening spy film, 'Scorpio' had two rival protagonists: Cross, an experienced CIA agent being hunted by his former colleagues, and a former French paratroop officer, Jean Laurier (Alain Delon), now a 'CIA contract button man,' a professional assassin, code-name Scorpio...

Irritated by the Frenchman's independence, the CIA chief McLeod (John Colicos) has had heroin planted in his bedroom to make the hired killer more pliable... Threatened with a drug arrest, Scorpio has no choice but to accept the assignment to kill Cross, although McLeod sugars the pill with promises of a fat bonus and Cross' job as the CIA's man in the Middle East...

Although told that Cross has been a double-agent working for the "opposition," Scorpio remains doubtful... In the meantime, by a series of clever tricks and tactics, Cross has not only managed to evade the CIA men following him, but has arrived in the favorite city for cinematic intrigue, Vienna, Austria...

The most part of the film's action and some of its best sequences take place in the country on the Danube River where the mystery surrounding Cross deepens... In a nighttime rendezvous on a deserted street, Cross is met by a Viennese worker who is whistling, perhaps as a signal or out of habit, the "lnternationale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2009
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In this minor masterpiece of Spy Cinema, Burt Lancaster plays Cross, an aging CIA Agent who wants "out of the game," but his superiors think he knows too much and may be ready to flip sides. The CIA dispatches Alain Delon, a.k.a. Scorpio, to take him out. What they don't count on is Scorpio's grudging respect for Cross, and the fact that an aging old boy network of spies are growing indifferent to the new, suited and computerized agencies they now report to.

In particular, the great Paul Scofield plays KGB agent Zharkov and Vladek Sheybal plays Holocaust survivor Max Zemetkin, who undercut their roles with an understanding of what all were fighting for during World War II. They are all disillusioned that their jobs are no longer about their countries or their peoples, but as Cross puts it a game where the "object is not to win, but not to lose." Scorpio feels the same, but as a paid assassin whom the CIA frames after he refuses to hit Cross, now finds himself conflicted between the force of duty and his loyalty to one of the few men in the world of espionage he trusts.

Filled with twists, turns, crosses and double crosses, "Scorpio" is both a high powered action film and a talky, intellectual political thriller. The International cast and locations play wonderfully in a movie that, if it were made today, would feature more violence, a cuter spy and dumber dialogue. While not as good a watch as Three Days of the Condor or a reading of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, "Scorpio" is in their class.
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