After having done so many movies, one would have thought Winner might have tired of the Sydney Furie techniques of whip pans, zooms, close-ups, rack focus, jump cuts, and various angle shots, all of which detract from the storytelling. Lancaster is a CIA agent who has arranged for the death of a radical Arab. He and his hired killer, Delon, leave Paris and go to Washington. Lancaster returns to his wife, Linville, and Delon goes to live with Hunnicutt. When Delon (code-named "Scorpio) doesn't respond to a summons, Colicos, the boss at Langley, orders Delon arrested and incarcerated on a phony narcotics charge. Colicos wants to know why Delon did not kill Lancaster, who is suspected of having become a double agent for the USSR. Delon tells Colicos he doesn't think Lancaster is guilty and returns the advance for doing the job. Colicos keeps upping the offer and Delon finally acquiesces when Colicos agrees to pay him $25,000 and give him Lancaster's high-ranking job. Lancaster learns of the plot and flees to Austria disguised as a priest. Once in Vienna, he locates Scofield, a KGB official. Lancaster and Scofield had served side by side in the fight against the Nazis and retain a warm friendship, despite being on opposite sides of the ideological fence. Scofield helps Lancaster disappear. Lancaster hears that Linville has been killed by the CIA, so he returns to the States and murders Colicos. At this point, it is established within the CIA that Lancaster has not been selling secrets. Delon plans to go home to Paris with Hunnicutt but then sees some film which shows Hunnicutt in league with Lancaster on a spy mission. Delon then kills Hunnicutt. Later, he kills Lancaster in an underground garage and is himself shot down by an unidentified CIA assassin.
Made in Washington, London, Paris, and Vienna, SCORPIO is undone by the absurd dialog, Winner's direction and the miscasting of Hunnicutt and Colicos Scofield, one of the English-speaking world's best actors, doesn't make many movies. It's too bad that this empty exercise is one of his few film credits. Tired and pointless.
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- Released: 1973
- Rating: PG
- Review: After having done so many movies, one would have thought Winner might have tired of the Sydney Furie techniques of whip pans, zooms, close-ups, rack focus, jump cuts, and various angle shots, all of which detract from the storytelling. Lancaster is a CIA a… (more)