is a 1973 spy film directed by Michael Winner
. It is about a Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) agent, named Cross (Burt Lancaster
), a successful but retiring assassin, who is training "Scorpio" to replace him. Cross is teaching him as much about protecting himself from his patrons and never trusting anyone, as how to get away clean. The CIA tell "Scorpio", Jean Laurier (Alain Delon
), to kill Cross for suspected treason and collaboration with the Russians. Scorpio is threatened with jail on a false narcotics charge if he doesn't cooperate. In a failed break-in of Cross' home, CIA agents shoot and kill Cross' wife, played by Joanne Linville
. Causing Cross to go on the run and seek protection from the Russians, who want the secrets he knows and maybe revenge for past acts. Cross is very successful at evading capture, and even kills the CIA director who was responsible for his wife's death. However the CIA gain evidence that Cross is working with "Scorpio's" girlfriend. Enraged by this betrayal "Scorpio" corners and coldly kills Cross and his girlfriend, but not before Cross imparts his last words of wisdom. Moments later, Scorpio is assassinated leaving, as Cross said he would be when "They" were done with him. The viewer is left to speculate on who is behind Scorpio's death.
This film is typical of the political deception and paranoia of early 70´s. It has aging problems, but Lancaster's charisma (doing his... Read More