The other night I caught SCORPIO because I liked the look of the cast. How could I pass up a spy thriller with Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon? Even if it stank it would interesting. Lucky for me it turned out to be excellent and one of my favorite unexpected discoveries of the year so far.
plays Cross , an aging agent of the CIA responsible for arranging the
assassinations of foreign citizens that stand in the way of the United States'
interests. Delon plays a French professional assassin codenamed Scorpio that
Cross uses often in his plans. The film opens with the duo seeing through the
removal of an Arab government official and then traveling back to .
It soon becomes clear that Cross has been marked for elimination by his own side
with Scorpio is set after him with the promise of replacing his longtime mentor
upon success. I won't give away any more of the film's surprises so as to
encourage others to seek it out. I will court spoilers by saying it ended up
reminding me quite a lot of the Robert Mitchum film from the same year THE
FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (1973). Overall I think I liked this film more. Washington DC
Oh! I really enjoyed the casting of a number of great character actors in SCORPIO too. There are good roles for Paul Scofield, James Sikking, Gayle Hunnicutt, J. D. Cannon and two familiar faces from Star Trek as well - John Colicos as the CIA boss out for Cross' head and Joanne Linville as Cross' wife.