Scorpio

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Michael Winner
Production: Scimitar Films
 
IMDB:
6.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
PG
Year:
1973
114 min
16 Views

(CATS MEOWING)

You should let those cats out

once in a while.

Outside they couldn't survive.

They were bred for degeneracy.

Like a whore.

There's harder work.

When?

In a week.

- (CATS MEOWING DISTANTLY)

- (OBJECT CLATTERING)

DEBRIEFER:
Here is a film

of Colonel Saran Zim, President of Eritrea,

as he steps from the plane, bringing him

to Paris from the Middle East

on the first leg of his tour

of the NATO countries.

Zim was met by French foreign minister,

Pierre Croyez,

and minister of state, Jacques Cassente.

Russian advisers attached to Zim

accompanied him

even on this mission to the West.

A strong security force

surrounded the dapper colonel

as he made his way toward the podium.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

- (GUNSHOT)

- This is the moment.

An assassins gun fires,

causing panic on the tarmac.

As one of the special police falls,

ministers and officials run for cover.

Another shot kills Zim's bodyguard,

Emilio Rocca.

Lights used to floodlight the area

were spun round to illuminate

a nearby hangar.

From the roof, bursts of fire

from an automatic rifle.

Police returning fire,

run to surround the hangar,

leaving Zim and his entourage

mooing for coven.

Two more police died in the ensuing battle.

DEBRIEFER:
While police

were distracted by the rooftop assassin,

another shot from the darkness

of the airport

and Salan Zim fails dead.

Here is an action replay of the moment,

as Colonel Satan Zim of Eritrea

meets death from an unknown assassin.

Meantime, French police

shot and mortally wounded

the young Arab whose fire from the roof

had killed four men.

He carried papers identifying him

as Yusef Belabar, a student from Eritrea,

a member of the extreme

left-wing Soldiers of Revolution group.

Already in Eritrea,

government forces have raided

the of fices of 17 left-wing...

JEAN:
Do you ever count the dead, Cross?

CROSS:
You're beautiful, Jean,

but sometimes you have

the bad breath of priests.

- Did you see the opposition?

- I saw him.

What's Zharkov doing on the plane?

CROSS:
How many times

you been out with me?

JEAN:
Six, maybe seven.

CROSS:
You're good, Jean.

Better than good.

You're smart, you understand.

But that still leaves you

a contract button man,

necessary only because the CIA

doesn't hold with doing its own killing.

Washington.

Does the boy go into your report?

He's the headliner.

Why did he want to kill Zim?

Nosy, aren't you?

Good evening, Madame.

Bonsoir, monsieur.

Monsieur.

Boy saw Zim as a fascist, a brutal pig,

a tool of American imperialism.

He wanted a crack at him.

I bought him a ticket.

If he had got him?

Mademoiselle, s'il vous plait.

You'd have picked up

your money with no sweat.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Merci.

If Zim was America's man, why kill him?

For your education?

Zim dead at the hands of the left

serves his government and mine

better than Zim alive.

But it's not his death that's important.

It's who appeared to have

killed him that counts.

CROSS:
One more thing for your education.

The more a man tells you,

the more dangerous you become to him.

And the more dangerous you become,

the shorter the options on your future.

(CHATTER ON AIRPORT P.A.)

- Your sister still work at Air France?

- Uh-huh.

Is she meeting you?

JEAN:
She doesn't know I'm here.

Sarah's picking me up in a car.

Can I give you a lift?

I thought the rules said

we were strangers from here on in.

They bend.

No, thanks. Say hello to Sarah for me.

I will.

- He still in there?

- Upstairs bedroom.

See you fellas in the morning, eh?

Right.

CLERK:
The President Harding Suite.

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